Five things we learned from the 2016 census

Even though the Alberta economy has struggled in recent years due to the decline in commodity prices, its two largest cities continue to lead the nation in growth.

That urban bloat contributed to Manitoba's population growing at a rate higher than the national average for the first time in ages, 80-years according to StatsCan, who commented "most of the gain was due to stronger global migration".

But more interesting is the map showing absolute population increases or decreases between 2011 and 2016. That figure was below the national population growth rate of five per cent and the Ontario rate of 4.6 per cent.

While the Yukon's labour force continues to grow, and unemployment remains low, a downturn in mining operations has had an impact on the territory's population.

Stats Canada's 2016 Census says BC's population continued its upward trend in 2016.

Some of the strongest suburban growth was reported in the Calgary area, where Cochrane, Airdrie and Chestermere all reported growth of between 34 and 47 per cent from 2011 to 2016. The eastern and central provinces are also home to nine of the 10 fastest shrinking smaller communities, known as census agglomerations.

In 2011, Tsuu T'ina Nation counted 2,052 residents.

New Brunswick was the only province or territory to report a decrease in population between 2011 and 2016.

"This could be a change in family composition, it may be a situation where people are leaving the house and we have slightly smaller family sizes resulting in a growth in dwellings", Leesti said.

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Guelph saw its population rise by slightly more than 10,000 people.

Elsewhere in Oxford County, Ingersoll added five per cent to its population, which now sits at 12,757, while populations rose by 4.2 per cent in East Zorra-Tavistock, 3.7 per cent in Tillsonburg, 3.6 per cent in Norwich, 1.6 per cent in South-West Oxford, one per cent in Zorra and 0.5 per cent in Blandford-Blenheim.

There were 705,244 residents in the city of Winnipeg in May 2016.

Manitoba's growth was part of a larger overall increase in western Canada, where the four western provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), "were the only provinces to record population growth rates higher than the national average".

As Statistics Canada points out, although Canada has the grown the most among the G7 countries in the past 15 years, census data shows significant regional differences.

Pembroke's population fell bya 3.3 per cent to 13, 882. 2016's survey was the first mandatory long-form census since it was reintroduced by the Liberal government after being axed by the Conservatives in 2010. "There are fewer people coming to settle in Quebec than in the western provinces".

Interestingly, at three per cent, Nova Scotia's dwelling count growth rate over the past five years was much higher than its population growth.

As a part of Wednesday's release, StatsCan also announced that over the coming year, as Canadians celebrate 150 years since Confederation, "the agency will unveil the full range of census data that will together paint a factual picture of the lives of Canadians and their communities".

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