How the West has won


Canada’s population grew the most among G8 countries, according to newly released figures from the 2011 census, with the western provinces showing particularly strong growth. It’s the first time in history Canada has more people living west of Ontario than to the east of it, and the first time Saskatchewan passed the one million mark. Among cities, Calgary and Edmonton had fastest growing populations, followed by Saskatoon.

Overall, the 33.5 million population count of 2011 is 5.9 per cent larger than the previous 2006 census. Immigration is still the driving force behind population growth, twice as much as fertility. But there are distinct changes in the immigration routes to Canada. Compared to 2006, three times more immigrants went to Saskatchewan and twice as many to Manitoba, while Ontario saw almost 100,000 fewer immigrants settling in the province. Still, even with people moving to places where they can find jobs, such as Alberta where unemployment is the lowest in the country, job vacancy rates in the oil-rich province remain high, as is unemployment among recent immigrants, so something’s clearly amiss.

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How the West has won

  1. Clearly the dollar is going to stay high permanently as our commodities become more and more valuable. So, not being facetious, what is Ontario to do? Manufacturing is not going to be what it once was (and I’m a little alarmed at the glee with which some people seem to be reacting to that fact) and there are only so many financial sector jobs that can be grown… 

  2. “Won” is a wierd way of putting it.  I guess if you want a larger population – and it’s kind of divisive – like there are winners and losers.  Aren’t we all winners since our population grew more than other countries? – but that also means more traffic, more pollution, higher house prices, higher cost of living, more chaos, more change, more diversity to deal with – and now the west has more of it than the rest of Canada, no where more than places like Fort McMurray.

    • Who exactly do you envision paying the old age pension of our seniors?

  3. Toronto and the eastern, liberal elite are not the center of the universe? Say it ain’t so, Joe SAY IT AIN’T SO  !!!!

  4. Your article, while mentioning fertility, does not delve into significant detail as to if births nationwide are up or down, or for that matter if immigrant fertility rates have increased or decreased. Indeed, “something’s clearly amiss.”

  5. Thank you Maclean’s for this excellent piece of evasion journalism.  You have done a fine job of ignoring the elephant in the room, namely the question of whether Canada’s TOTAL population needs to grow at all–and therefore, do we need all this immigration?  Is there a contest going on between East and West for who will have the most people?  Is there a contest among G8 nations for higher population growth?  Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are way ahead of us for population growth but I don’t think they’re all that prosperous.  Despite all the propaganda about bringing in “the best and brightest” to Canada, it’s becoming quite clear the mass immigration of the past 25 years has cost us way more in terms of social programs than it has brought in, in terms of tax revenue.  Immigration is good for bringing foreign problems to Canada and crowding our cities but is no help to our economy.  It’s ridiculous to worship population growth in itself, as if this will automatically make us a more prosperous nation. 

  6. Saskatchewan has surpassed the 1 million mark before, and the province has a lower unemployment rate than Alberta. 

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