For the first time since 2010, the net interprovincial migration for Alberta was negative, meaning more people left Alberta than moved there. The recent weakness that the energy sector is experiencing is said to be the main cause for this decline.
Alberta’s labour market is continuing to deteriorate, which also has a negative impact on migration. February saw Alberta’s unemployment rate reach 7.9 per cent, 2.5 percentage points higher than the same time in 2015.
According to Statistics Canada, an estimated 12,247 people left Alberta for other provinces and territories in the quarter, while 11,270 moved to the province from elsewhere in Canada.
However, the outflow has not stopped Alberta’s population from increasing. According to recent estimates by Statscan, on a year-over-year basis, it saw the biggest percentage increase among the provinces.
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