Statistics Canada released the latest population estimates today with figures showing that the strongest increases in census metropolitan area population growth were on the Prairies.
For a second consecutive year, the four fastest growing CMAs were in Alberta and Saskatchewan, with Calgary recording the strongest population growth rate at 4.3%. The next highest population growth rates were in the CMAs of Saskatoon (+3.9%), Edmonton (+3.8%) and Regina (+3.1%).
Between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, Calgary recorded a growth rate of 42.6 per thousand – the highest population increase recorded by a CMA since 1996/1997. Our city also had the largest natural increase (+0.9%), and the highest net interprovincial migration rate in Canada (+1.3%).
Calgary is also occupied by a proportionately younger demographic. Only 9.9% are 65 or over, the lowest percentage in the country.
According to Statistics Canada, the population as of July 1, 2013 for the Calgary CMA was 1,364,827.