News

Birth rate down, death rate up - but New Brunswick’s population grows

There are now 4,608 more New Brunswickers than there were last year, according to numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, bringing the population of the province to 781,476 as of July 1.

The province has seen a slow but consistently growing population over the last five years, this year its second highest rate as of late, at 0.6 per cent.

Births went down marginally, to 6,316 from 6,369, while deaths went up, to 7,945 from 7,751, giving New Brunswick, like other parts of Atlantic Canada, a negative natural increase, although New Brunswick’s is more pronounced than its immediate neighbours.

The median age in the province is now 46.1 years, compared to a national median of 40.9. New Brunswick’s median age is also higher than both its Maritime neighbours - Nova Scotia has a median age of 43, while Prince Edward Island sits at 42.9.

And while more people are now coming to New Brunswick than leaving the province, the number of immigrants fell marginally compared to last year, consistent with a decrease in immigration nationally. The province welcomed 4,909 immigrants this time.

Net inter-provincial migration numbers fell significantly, cresting at 963, compared to 1,669 last year. Net non-permanent residents slipped even further from 1,633 last year to 632.

Alberta is the chief beneficiary of New Brunswick’s loss. New Brunswickers heading to Wild Rose Country climbed 34 per cent to 2,113 compared to 1,398 last year. Albertans also moved to New Brunswick but this was the first year since 2014-15 that the interprovincal exchange resulted in a net loss for New Brunswick, said Stacey Hallman, analyst at the Centre for Demography.

Most of the New Brunswick to Alberta exodus happened in the fourth quarter of 2019, said Hallman.

Statistics Canada gets preliminary figures from Canada Revenue Agency and the Canada Child Benefit lists, she said, noting the pendulum may already be swinging back in New Brunswick’s favour, as the net migration rate since the pandemic began has resulted in more Albertans moving to New Brunswick than the other way around.

Ontario and Quebec also showed a small increase in New Brunswickers received compared to last year, thus far.

COVID-19 could shake things up next year. Atlantic Canada has had its borders closed to the rest of the country for what will be the reporting period for 2020-21 so far, although those planning to move here from other provinces have been allowed to do so if they can prove this intent.

Statistics Canada uses July 1 as a consistent marker; numbers or estimates reported for this year are accurate as of July 1, 2020, but considered “preliminary”.
Read more on Toronto Star
News Topics :
RELATED STORIES :
Canada
FREDERICTON—New Brunswick is aiming to more than triple the number of immigrants to the province, hoping to reach 7, 500 a year by 2024. The goal of bringing the annual immigration...
Canada
Despite the large number, New Brunswick’s health minister says the overall state of health care is “going very well.” “We are mindful that there are some challenges, namely in the...
Top Stories
More than 300, 000 immigrants arrived in Canada in the past year, the highest number since comparable record keeping began, new estimates show. In the last year to July, 320, 932 immigrants landed...
Top Stories
One province’s gains are others’ losses. Net interprovincial migration fell to a 32 year low in Ontario, which saw a net outflow. Interprovincial net migration hit a six year low in the...
Top Stories
Statistics Canada released the first batch of numbers from the 2016 census on Wednesday and the population of Kamloops increased by 5.4 per cent since the last census in 2011....