British Columbia heads into the third decade of the 21st century with an estimated population of just over 5.1 million people, with population growth pointing upwards largely thanks to international migration.
This figure appears in the latest statistics released by the provincial government.
They show the provincial population grew by 34,240 people in the third quarter of 2019, with most of the population growth in that quarter (almost 87 per cent) due to international immigration (31,688). Interprovincial migration (1,970) and natural increase (2,572) accounted for the rest.
B.C.’s total population grew by 78,425 people (up 1.6 per cent) over the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2019, with international migration (82 per cent) accounting for most of the growth.
British Columbia, in other words, is more attractive for foreigners than for residents from other Canadian provinces.
Compared to other provinces, British Columbia grew the most during the third quarter with a rate of 0.68 per cent, followed by Ontario (0.64 per cent). Canada’s population grew by 0.55 per cent to just 37.78 million during the third quarter of 2019.
For now, B.C. remains the third-most populous province.