Immigration fuels Prince Edward Island population growth

Immigration has helped propel the population of Prince Edward Island past the 150,000 mark for the first time.

New figures released by Statistics Canada reveal that Prince Edward Island is currently the fastest growing province in Canada. The island’s population grew by 1.7 per cent between July 2016 to July 2017. Nationally, the average population growth was 1.2 per cent.

And it is immigration which is largely fueling the province’s population boom. Since the beginning of 2016, 2,264 immigrants have arrived to live in the province. In fact, the figures show that close to 90 per cent of the population growth in Prince Edward Island from July 2016 to July 2017 was down to increased immigration.

The figures show that as of 1st July this year, the province’s population stood at 152,021.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the only Canadian province to record a decline in population during this period, with the number of people living there down 0.28 per cent on June 2016.

Ontario is the country’s second-fastest growing province (the population was up by 1.55 per cent), ahead of Manitoba (1.52 per cent).

Article published 28th September 2017