Alberta Real Estate Association

Alberta Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration

Positive international immigration overshadowed losses from inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 4,418 people to Alberta’s population in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 8,976 people moved to Alberta from other provinces in the fourth quarter of 2020. This was down 26.4% from a year earlier. Fewer people came to Alberta from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario compared to a year earlier.

A total of 10,269 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the fourth quarter, a decrease of 3.4% from the same period in 2019. Fewer people leaving for Ontario accounted for most of this decline.

The result was a net loss of 1,293 people from Alberta’s population in the fourth quarter. This was a reversal from a year earlier where a net gain of more than 1,500 people in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Changes in population from immigration

International immigration added 5,711 people to Alberta’s population in the fourth quarter of 2020. This was a decrease of 44% from the same period in 2019.