Summary and Policy Recommendations

  • Syed Ather Hussain Akbari
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)


The 2011 census of Canada revealed a population growth of about 5.9 % from 2006 to 2011 (Statistics Canada 2012). However, Atlantic Canada’s population grew only by about 1.87 % (from 2.28 million in 2006 to 2.32 million in 2011). Immigration and fewer losses in net-migratory exchanges with other provinces led to this positive growth, which had been close to zero in the previous five-year period. However, the rate of population growth was still the slowest in the country; as a result, Atlantic Canada’s share of the national population declined from 7.2 to 6.9% between 2006 and 2011. Also, due to declining fertility rates and aging in the post-World War II period, the natural growth of population in the region has been on a more rapid decline than it has been nationally. Out-migration of population has been a chronic problem faced by population planners in the post-World War II period, so provinces in Atlantic Canada are now relying more on immigration to meet their demographic challenges.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSt. Mary’s UniversityHalifaxCanada

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