Alberta's interprovincial migration may have been slower in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same time last year, but according to Statistics Canada, the province is still gaining the most from other provinces and territories.

In Q1 of 2024, 89,408 migrants came to the province, an 8.7 percent drop in comparison to 2023, which saw 97,917 migrants to the province in Q1 of 2023.

"The largest contributors to the net gain in Alberta were people moving there from Ontario (9,398 in-migrants) and British Columbia (9,218 in-migrants). Conversely, when people left Alberta for other places in Canada, they tended to move to British Columbia (5,744 out-migrants) and Ontario (3,893 out-migrants)," Statistics Canada reported

StatsCan also stated that most provinces and territories had net losses in their exchanges with other provinces or territories in the first quarter of 2024, except for Alberta (+12,482), New Brunswick (+1,627) and Yukon (+60).

"This was the 11th straight quarter of net gains for Alberta, following losses in 19 out of 24 quarters from the third quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2021."

According to the report, in the first quarter of 2024, Canada's population surpassed 41 million.

"This milestone was reached less than one year after Statistics Canada announced that the population hit the 40 million mark on June 16, 2023. The population grew by 242,673 people during the first quarter of 2024, which corresponds to a quarterly increase of 0.6 per cent."

This growth rate is the same as that seen in the fourth quarter of 2023 (+0.6 per cent), as well as in the first quarter of 2023 (+0.6 per cent).

"Following recent trends, almost all the population growth in Canada (99.3 per cent, or 240,955 people) in the first quarter of 2024 was attributable to international migration (including both permanent and temporary immigration). Without temporary immigration, Canada's population growth rate during the first quarter of 2024 would have been 0.3 per cent. From 2001 to 2021, the first quarter growth rate in Canada ranged from 0.1 per cent to 0.3 per cent."

Locally, Airdrie's city-wide census results are expected to be made public in July. 

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