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British Columbia 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 15,939 people to British Columbia’s population in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was higher than the number of people who came during the previous fourth quarter and was the fifth consecutive quarter of positive growth.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 12,120 people moved to British Columbia from other provinces in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was up 10.3% from a year earlier. More people came to British Columbia from Ontario compared to a year earlier.

A total of 8,787 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the fourth quarter, an increase of 46% from the same period in 2020. More people leaving for Alberta accounted for most of this rise.

The result was a net gain of 3,333 people to British Columbia’s population in the fourth quarter. This was a decrease of 32.9% from the fourth quarter of 2020.

Changes in population from immigration

International immigration added 12,606 people to British Columbia’s population in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was an increase of 264.1% from the same period in 2020 when international travel in and out of the country was still being affected by covid-19 restrictions.