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Alberta Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration

Positive international immigration overshadowed losses from inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 3,403 people to Alberta’s population in the first quarter of 2021.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 13,878 people moved to Alberta from other provinces in the first quarter of 2021. This was down 23.4% from a year earlier. Fewer people came to Alberta from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario compared to a year earlier.

A total of 17,262 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the first quarter, an increase of 7.7% from the same period in 2020. More people leaving for British Columbia accounted for most of this increase.

The result was a net loss of 3,384 people from Alberta’s population in the first quarter. This was a reversal from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2020 where the province saw a net gain of 2,097.

Changes in population from immigration

International immigration added 6,787 people to Alberta’s population in the first quarter of 2021. This was a decrease of 8.8% from the same period in 2020.