According to Statistics Canada, almost all population growth in Canada from 1971 to 2001 was concentrated into four areas of Canada: Extended Greater Toronto, Greater Montreal, the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor and Greater Vancouver. Collectively, the rest of Canada grew only slightly or declined during this thirty year period.
Some suggest that this is a natural phenomenon – the increasing urbanization of Canada. Places like Atlantic Canada, northern Ontario, etc. are destined to decline.
Interestingly, our neighbour to the south has seen the opposite trend. While the top urban areas in Canada have increased significantly, the top urban areas in the U.S. have only grown moderately. In fact, New York, Boston and Chicago (their big three urban areas) all had tepid population growth over the past 15 years.
The top growing area for the past 15 years in the U.S. has been the southwast: Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico. The southeast has also grown strongly – places like North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.
So in Canada – growth is in our top urban areas and in the U.S. growth is in their ‘New Brunswicks’.
I know there must be an interesting lesson here somewhere…..