VANCOUVER — Canada’s latest census shows British Columbia had the second-highest population growth among the provinces, with immigration, not fertility, hiking B.C.’s numbers.
The western province’s population grew by 7.6 per cent between 2016 and 2021. Data from the census released Wednesday says resort towns like Squamish are among the fastest-growing communities in the country.
Here’s a look at the data:
2021 population: 5 million
2016 population: 4.6 million
Population percentage change: 7.6 per cent
Total private dwellings: 2.2 million
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2.2 million
Population density per square kilometre: 5.4
Land area in square kilometres: 920,687
Some communities with the most growth:
Langford, 31.8 per cent
Squamish, 22.2 per cent
Lake Country, 22.4 per cent
Some communities with the least growth:
Peace River C 4, -10.8 per cent
Peace River B, -4.4 per cent
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 9, 2022.
The Canadian Press