Shrinking population bad news for Atlantic Canada's policy makers
AMHERST, N.S. – Declining population is going to place tremendous pressure on small, rural communities across the Maritimes.
New Brunswick's population fell between 2011 and 2016, according to Statistics Canada.
SACKVILLE, N.B. - New Brunswick has fewer people than five years ago, Statistics Canada reports.
The province's population is down by 0.5 per cent since 2011, bringing the population to 747,101 according to a census snapshot released by Statistics Canada today.
The Feb. 8 release compares the population data collected in the 2016 census to the the 2011 census numbers. The data breaks the population down by census areas that include every parish, town and city in the province.
And while most rural areas are showing a decline in population – like Aberdeen Parish with a decline of 20.4 per cent –larger areas were showing growth.
Moncton saw a population increase of 4.1 per cent over five years, bringing its population up to 71,889.
Nearby Dieppe saw even higher growth at 8.9 per cent and is now home to 25,220 people. Quispamsis, also located in the same corridor, saw growth of 1.7 per cent.
The province’s capital, Fredericton, saw a population increase of 3.6 per cent, bringing its population up to 58,220. Edmunston also saw growth, of 3.4 per cent.
Saint John is not doing as well: the city’s population declined by 3.6 per cent, from 70,062 to 67,575.
A rural area known as Grande-Anse saw a high population growth of 21.8 per cent.
However, a couple of areas in New Brunswick were singled out as being among the 25 municipalities outside metropolitan areas nationally that showed a population decrease.
In New Brunswick, Campbellton had a decline of 6.8 per cent. Grand Falls/Grand Sault was also in the top – or bottom - 25, with a decline of six per cent to 5,706 people.
Burton also made the list, with a drop of 5.6 per cent.
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