Alberta has attracted over 17,000 new residents since October, making it the province with the highest net gain of interprovincial migration. All provinces and territories recorded losses in their interprovincial migration exchanges in the third quarter of 2023 except for Alberta.

"Alberta has registered interprovincial migration gains of 10,000 or more for five consecutive quarters for the first time since comparable data were made available in 1971," a recent Statistics Canada report stated.

It added that most of Alberta's population gains through interprovincial migration were due to its exchanges with Ontario and British Columbia.

"British Columbia experienced five consecutive quarters of interprovincial migration losses for the first time since the first quarter of 2013. Despite the continuous net loss of interprovincial migration in Ontario, which began in the first quarter of 2020, the province showed a smaller net loss in the third quarter of 2023 (-5,952)."

In Eastern Canada, the Atlantic provinces saw a negative net interprovincial migration. Statistics Canada said this was in stark contrast to previous years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nationally, Canada's population is now estimated to be 40,528,396 (as of October 1, 2023), which was a 1.1 per cent increase from July 1.

"This was the highest population growth rate in any quarter since the second quarter of 1957 when Canada's population grew by 198,000 people. Canada's total population growth for the first nine months of 2023 had already exceeded the total growth for any other full-year period since Confederation in 1867, including 2022, when there was a record growth."

Population growth rates in 2023 were exceeded in Alberta at 1.3 per cent, compared to the national level of 1.1 per cent, followed by Prince Edward Island and Ontario. 

Locally, Airdrie continues to be at the forefront of one of the most rapidly growing cities in Alberta. Earlier this year, The City of Airdrie released its 2023 municipal census results, which stated that Airdrie's population sits at 80,649.

This represents a 14.29 per cent growth rate from the most recent municipal census, which was finished in 2019.

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