Business

B.C. population reaches 4.6 million

A big spike in B.C. population this fall was mainly driven by non-permanent residents, such as workers in industrial camps. - Black Press
A big spike in B.C. population this fall was mainly driven by non-permanent residents, such as workers in industrial camps.
— image credit: Black Press

B.C.'s population grew by 24,000 in the third quarter of 2013, reaching 4,606,375.

It's the largest population increase for that quarter since 1996. The increase was mainly a result of 15,477 non-permanent residents, which Statistics Canada warns are a volatile component of population measurement.

Northern B.C. communities are dealing with what they call "ghost populations," with thousands of workers flying in and out of industrial camps who put pressure on local services without contributing to communities.

Interprovincial migration figures showed the seventh consecutive quarter of net loss for B.C., down 282 people from the second quarter.

B.C.'s total population increase over the 12 months ending Oct. 1 was 47,496 people, mainly due to international immigration, which saw a net gain of 35,282 people. Natural growth (births minus deaths) accounted for 11,214 of the total.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Apartment vacancy rates drop, rents rise in Lower Mainland
 
Just the Facts: Medical Marijuana in Canada (VIDEO)
 
Christmas Festival may become an annual Willoughby event
New colour scheme for development is fine with church
 
Take your seat for Stand Up!
 
Diesel stays stubbornly high amid crude oil drop
Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre
 
Province OKs TransLink referendum question
 
“Suspicious” Agassiz house fire under investigation

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.