Two Data Points Don’t Make A Trend, but… Q2 Population & Migration Estimates for British Columbia Show Positive Signs!

Statistics Canada’s most recent release of quarterly population estimates for Q2 2014 show the population of British Columbia reaching 4.63 million by the end of Q2 2014. Adding 14,676 net new residents between Q1 and Q2 of 2014, the province experienced growth that fell just below the national average (0.3 percent versus 0.4 percent nationally). 

After eight quarters of negative net domestic migration since early 2011, the two most recent quarters of positive gains are a welcome sign for British Columbia. While it is true that two data points do not make a trend, the migration and population estimates for Q2 2014 provide encouraging signs that positive domestic migration in Q1 was not merely an anomaly in the data.

Click here for a brief commentary on BC's latest quarterly demographic estimates.

Click here for a map showing Q2 2014 demographic estimates for Provinces & Territories.