Sneak preview

This is pretty juicy stuff. I think I’ll write it up in my TJ column soon but I’ll give you a sneak preview.

The recent release from the 2006 Census provides some interesting data for consideration by economic development professionals. Atlantic Canada remains the region of Canada with a very low rate of immigrant attraction. This is considered by some to be a major roadblock to future population growth.

However, the Atlantic Provinces have a demonstrated capacity to attract interprovincial migrants (folks moving between provinces). In fact, the four provinces have a higher rate of interprovincial migration over the five year period 2001-2006 than all other provinces except Alberta. 6.5% of the population 5+ living on Prince Edward Island in 2006 was living in another province in 2001 – over four times higher than Ontario.

New Brunswick had the worse performance at attracting interprovincial migrants but still well above the national average.

Now, don’t forget this doesn’t show the people moving out. We still have ‘net’ out-migration. But the mere fact that over 31,000 people moved to New Brunswick from another province over a five year period has to be good news and proof that people will move here – one presumes for the ‘right’ opportunity.

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0 Responses to Sneak preview

  1. Anonymous says:

    Here is how it works.
    You work away till you get enough weeks.
    Of course you can claim about 50 cents a kilometer for moving to a job.
    Then you return home or to the area of highest unemployment for a nice vacation.
    I really love the hidden intelligence of our people.I notice those with great bilingual attributes have to go the “stress disability” way.
    All brought to you by the “friends for parents” for ruination of the youth society.
    I love it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Explain it to these dipshits davy,i’m, gettin tired of it.

    450$ a week for 42 weeks,and then we be reading about outmigration.
    From Too many people with too many big words,and no brains

    Build population growth on strong economy
    Appeared on page A6
    For the first time in three and a half years, more people have moved to New Brunswick from Alberta than vice versa. The population is growing – and if government wants to accelerate the trend, it needs to understand what the drawing factors are.

    Many of those arriving from Alberta are expatriate New Brunswickers. New economic opportunities will bring New Brunswickers back home, but repatriation efforts will not be enough to increase the population by 100,000 people.

    Growth in provincial population is related to growth in employment. Canadians move for two reasons: to work and to enjoy a better lifestyle. If New Brunswickers can improve the quality of employment and quality of life in this province, the population will rebound.

    There are a variety of ways in which government can improve employment and immigration prospects, from creating a low-cost business environment to encouraging development in the arts, culture and recreation. Economic development is crucial, and the details matter: few people will move to another province to take up a low-level job in a call centre or retail outlet. These are subsidiary industries, and New Brunswick must compete for more high wage and salaried employment. It can use quality of life as a promotional tool.

    New Brunswick is just beginning to experience the inflation of property values that has made home ownership a burden in other provinces. It is still possible to buy a home and a cottage on a modest income. That’s a selling point. So is this province’s natural beauty.

    A recent visitor to the Telegraph-Journal suggested that New Brunswick may be Canada’s best-kept secret. Why aren’t Canadians retiring here, or moving their businesses here, he wondered.

    The provincial government needs to find out.

  3. Kit says:

    One of the reasons is that the Provincial Government is directing all its polices at convincing displaced New Brunswickers to return home…
    If it re-directed its efforts into newcomers from other provinces it would probably have greater success. The numbers will make this necessary anyway.

  4. mikel says:

    The provincial government is not doing any of those things. Irving is the one that sent out its careerbeacon newspaper free in Alberta. But word of mouth means a lot, however, there is little analysis of what the jobs are. IF people are moving home to the constuction jobs of the many Irving projects then thats not a GOOD think except in the short term. Once those jobs are gone, so are the people.

    The provincial government has only done what its always done, which is advertise for its workers in healthcare and somewhat for education, though there aren’t many jobs there. But obviously people WANT to return to New Brunswick, there’s a woman who wrote into the gleaner talking about how there is a word now for her – a ‘western widow’, she stays in NB with the kids while the husband flies to Alberta for work and returns home whenever he can.

    However, you can’t snap your fingers and make a highly paid job appear for blue collar workers.