Some Demographic Trends in Atlantic Canada: Potential Consquences and Policy Response
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)
The population growth rate in Atlantic Canada has been in continuous decline for most of the post-World War II period, the most drastic taking place after the 1970s. Net out-migration from the region has been a permanent factor in this decline. This means that to maintain some population growth, the region has relied solely on natural increase (births minus deaths). However, this component of population growth has also declined continuously, falling below even the out-migration rate in the new millennium, thereby causing the population growth rate to become negative in the first half of the last decade. During 2006–2010, the population growth rate rose but remained very close to zero (i.e., an increase of only about 14,350 in the region) because of a lower net out-migration rate than occurred at the beginning of the century and one observed largely due to an increase in international immigration during this period. Chart 1 shows the trends in components of population growth.
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