Vancouver Island Real Estate Board

British Columbia Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration:

Positive international immigration added to gains due to inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 4,817 people to British Columbia’s population in the fourth quarter of 2019. This was an increase of 19.7% from the previous fourth quarter.

Changes in population from movement within Canada:

Some 10,022 people moved to British Columbia from other provinces in the fourth quarter of 2019. This was down 5.4% from a year earlier. Fewer people came to British Columbia from Alberta compared to a year earlier.

A total of 8,137 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the fourth quarter, a decrease of 19.3% from the same period in 2018. Fewer people leaving for Alberta and Ontario accounted for the majority of this decline.

The result was a net gain of 1,885 people to British Columbia’s population in the fourth quarter. This was more than three times the net gain from the fourth quarter of 2018.

Changes in population from immigration:

International immigration added 2,932 people to British Columbia’s population in the fourth quarter of 2019. This was a decrease of 16.7% from the same period in 2018.