Population trends don’t turn on a dime, and StatsCan already reported last June that
The decline is typical of this region. A study by the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies counted nearly 13,000 Atlantic Canadians who had moved to
The provincial government has created a population growth secretariat to bring immigration, repatriation, retention and settlement services under one roof. The secretariat officially opens in April. Its resources are expected to double after Tuesday’s provincial budget. Graham has set a target of attracting 5,000 immigrants a year by 2015.
“We are being hit by a demographic perfect storm,” Graham told the legislature last month.
“More people are dying than are being born, too many people – especially skilled young people – are leaving and we are not attracting new Canadians at the same level as other provinces.”
The secretariat knows the latest census numbers are not going to be the most positive thing, said spokesman Brendan Langille. He conceded the numbers could even be demoralizing. The only choice is identifying the problem and meeting it head on. Langille called the goal of 5,000 immigrants a year a major challenge but “definitely do-able” if the right resources are put in place.
In January, the Financial Post publication Canadian Demographics 2007 predicted
“It’s pretty early days in terms of turning the ship around,” said
No matter what the numbers are, a decline will play out in different reactions in the coffee shops for sure.
“But it’d be much harder to take without the plan we have and without the tremendous signs we’re seeing that we’re poised to see some significant growth,” he said.
Carson pointed to billions of dollars of investments in energy projects, which are expected to draw in thousands of workers during construction, as the encouraging sign things are turning around.