Prince Edward Island Real Estate Association

Prince Edward Island Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration:

Positive international immigration overshadowed losses due to inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 216 people to Prince Edward Island’s population in the third quarter of 2019. This was a decline of 64.2% from the previous third quarter.

Changes in population from movement within Canada:

Some 587 people moved to Prince Edward Island from other provinces in the third quarter of 2019. This was down 46.4% from a year earlier. Fewer people came to Prince Edward Island from almost all provinces compared to a year earlier.

A total of 1,221 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the third quarter, an increase of 4.2% from the same period in 2018. More people leaving for British Columbia, Quebec, and Nova Scotia accounted for the majority of this increase, more than offsetting fewer people leaving for Ontario.

The result was a net loss of 634 people from Prince Edward Island’s population in the third quarter. This was more than eight times larger than the net loss from the third quarter of 2018 and also marked the largest net loss on record.

Changes in population from immigration:

International immigration added 850 people to Prince Edward Island’s population in the third quarter of 2019. This was an increase of 25% from the same period in 2018 and marked the second highest level on record.