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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 16,690 people to Alberta’s population in the third quarter of 2021. This was well above the number of people who came during the previous third quarter and was the biggest growth quarter since the second quarter of 2014.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 22,013 people moved to Alberta from other provinces in the third quarter of 2021. This was up 74.8% from a year earlier. More people came to Alberta from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario compared to a year earlier.

A total of 17,524 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the third quarter, an increase of 30.3% from the same period in 2020. More people leaving for British Columbia accounted for most of this increase.

The result was a net gain of 4,489 people to Alberta’s population in the third 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 12,201 people to Alberta’s population in the third quarter of 2021. This was higher compared to the same period in 2020 when international travel in and out of the country was curtailed.