It’s no secret that many Canadians moved to our province during COVID-19. With our beaches, parks, short commutes, and relatively affordable housing, we’re pretty hard to resist. Now the numbers are in. Southeast New Brunswick achieved record population growth last year.

The region gained a whopping 4,515 residents from July 2020 to June 2021 according to Statistics Canada. Over 1,700 came from other Canadian provinces, while immigration contributed 2,300.

Immigration and migration are increasingly important for the region’s growth. As our population ages and deaths outpace births, we must rely on other means to fulfill workforce needs. Fortunately, our immigration and migration levels were exceptional in 2020-2021.

While immigration slowed down across Canada in 2020-2021, it kept pace in Southeast New Brunswick. When adjusting for population, Southeast New Brunswick had stronger immigration levels than Nova Scotia and New Brunswick overall.

Southeast New Brunswick also had record interprovincial migration. Until five years ago, our region was losing population to other provinces. In 2020-2021, the region gained 1,700 people. During COVID-19, the Prairie provinces, Quebec, and Ontario lost population to interprovincial migration, while Atlantic Canada and British Columbia gained residents.

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