Census 2021: A snapshot of Atlantic Canada’s population and dwelling data

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The 2021 census data for the Maritimes shows the three provinces have largely succeeded in reversing a decades-long decline in population over the past five years, thanks to a steady influx of Canadians from other provinces and immigrants from other countries.

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This article was published 09/02/2022 (184 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The 2021 census data for the Maritimes shows the three provinces have largely succeeded in reversing a decades-long decline in population over the past five years, thanks to a steady influx of Canadians from other provinces and immigrants from other countries.

The numbers illustrate a remarkable shift for a region once famous for routinely losing too many of its young people to other provinces.

Newfoundland and Labrador, however, was the only province in Canada to record a decline in population, which can be blamed on out-migration linked to falling world oil prices and the completion of two energy mega projects: the Hebron offshore oil platform and the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador.

Here’s a look at the data:

Nova Scotia:

2021 population: 969,383

2016 population: 923,598

Population percentage change: 5.0 per cent

Total private dwellings: 476,007

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 223,253

Population density per square kilometre: 1.4

Land area in square kilometres: 358,170

Some communities with the most growth:

Wolfville, 20.5 per cent

Some communities with the least growth:

Colchester County, -4.7 per cent

Clare, -4.2 per cent

New Brunswick:

2021 population: 775,610

2016 population: 747,101

Population percentage change: 3.8 per cent.

Total private dwellings: 366,146

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 337,651

Population density per square kilometre: 10.9

Land area in square kilometre: 71,248

Newfoundland and Labrador:

2021 population: 510,550

2016 population: 519,716

Population percentage change: -1.8 per cent.

Total private dwellings: 269,184

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 223,253

Population density per square kilometre: 1.4

Land area in square kilometre: 358,170

Prince Edward Island:

2021 population: 154,331

2016 population: 142,907

Population percentage change: 8.0 per cent

Total private dwellings: 74,934

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 64,570

Population density per square kilometre: 27.2

Land area in square kilometre: 5,681.18

Some communities with the most growth:

Cornwall, 22.9 per cent

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 9, 2022

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