Record International Immigration ական The historical movement of people from Ontario were the two main factors that topped New Brunswick’s population of 800,000 earlier this year, according to new estimates.
In March, Canada’s “real-time” population clock for New Brunswick reached 800,000, which Prime Minister Blaine Higgs used as a turning point for the state.
“People all over the world, all over the world, see the value of choosing to live here, the opportunity, the reward,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.
Statistics Canada on Wednesday released more data on what caused the population growth, including the arrival of a record 6,581 immigrants in New Brunswick between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.
This is the largest number of people from other countries who have arrived in New Brunswick in the 12 months since 1932.
Mohammed Bagha is the executive director of the St. John Newcomer Center, which helps immigrants settle in the community.
He said it’s a lot more work now than it was when it started in 2013. New Brunswick attracted less than 200 immigrants a month.
“We double almost every year,” Bagan said.
“There are a lot of challenges,” he said, “but immigrants themselves are generally ‘delighted’ to be coming to Canada; they have been well received in a state that is not accustomed to seeing newcomers like others.”
“I think it is getting much, much better,” Bagan said. “There is a more positive attitude in the communities.”
Immigrants have grown significantly in New Brunswick over the past year, but even when they arrived in the state, they felt the second but equally historic wave of Canadians moving east.
Statistics for Canada for the year ended March show that 10,540 people from Ontario alone came to New Brunswick to look for more space, cheaper housing, or a change of lifestyle.
It was the largest influx of New Brunswick counties in any 12 months since 1952.
And with only 3,005 residents of New Brunswick relocating back to Ontario during the same period, the state acquired a net exchange of 7,535 people.
New Brunswick’s movements in other states were mostly laundering, but due to Ontario’s record migration and record international immigration at the same time, New Brunswick’s population growth more than doubled the Canadian average during the year.
This is an astonishing development in a state that has had no population growth at all in the 12 years from 1997 to 2010.
“People are looking at New Brunswick in a new light,” Higgs said in a press release in March, marking the arrival of the county’s 800,000th citizen.
“Our state has a lot to offer, people are paying attention, taking advantage of the opportunities they see here.”
The effects of the rapid growth, however, have been twofold.
Many newcomers include younger families helping to counteract the state’s rapidly aging population և Filling in labor market gaps.
School enrollment in New Brunswick has increased by about 2,000 this year, and has increased in five of the eight counties. And births, which have been declining in New Brunswick for seven decades since the peak of 1948, have even increased slightly.
But there were also problems.
So many people are leaving their homes at once, as the cost of renting an apartment or buying a home has risen sharply in the last year, if any can be found at all.
“Housing is a huge problem right now,” says Bagha, referring to the difficulties immigrants face in finding suitable, affordable accommodation.
“Right now the New Brunswickers have opened their doors, giving space to their homes, but in the end, finding space will be a challenge.”
This is an approaching issue that needs immediate attention.
The Canadian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday estimated that New Brunswick had a population of 804,855 since March, up 20,700 in the last 18 months.
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