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British Columbia Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration

Positive international immigration added to gains from inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 23,889 people to British Columbia’s population in the first quarter of 2022.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 15,909 people moved to British Columbia from other provinces in the first quarter of 2022. This was down 17.4% from a year earlier. Less people came to British Columbia from Alberta & Ontario compared to a year earlier.

A total of 12,858 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the first quarter, an increase of 28.4% from the same period in 2021. More people leaving for Alberta & Quebec accounted for most of this rise.

The result was a net gain of 3,051 people to British Columbia’s population in the first quarter. This was a decrease of 67% from the first quarter record seen in 2021.

Changes in population from immigration

International immigration added 20,838 people to British Columbia’s population in the first quarter of 2022. This was an increase of 58.4% from the same period in 2021.