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Alberta Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration

Positive international immigration added to gains from to inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 12,940 people to Alberta’s population in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was well above the number of people who came during the previous fourth quarter, when pandemic restrictions were still weighing on travel throughout the country.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 14,314 people moved to Alberta from other provinces in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was up 65.3% from a year earlier. More people came to Alberta from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario compared to a year earlier.

A total of 10,863 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the fourth quarter, an increase of 4% from the same period in 2020. More people leaving for British Columbia and Nova Scotia accounted for most of this increase.

The result was a net gain of 3,451 people to Alberta’s population in the fourth quarter. This was a reversal from a year earlier where there was a net decrease in population from movement within Canada.

Changes in population from immigration

International immigration added 9,489 people to Alberta’s population in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was an increase of 68.5% from the same period in 2020.