Region's growth slowed, but still outpaced national rate, census shows


- The border city of Windsor, Ont., hard hit by the decline in manufacturing after the 2008 recession, appears to be enjoying a reversal of fortunes of sorts, with a growth rate of 3.1 per cent in 2016, following negative growth of 1.3 per cent during the previous period.

He sees population growth around Greater Vancouver spreading to the Squamish-Lillooet region and growth in Victoria spreading up the eastern part of Vancouver Island to Nanaimo.

Collingwood is close behind.

Quebec has had population growth below the national average for the past 40 years, and its percentage of the nation's population has dropped from 28.9 percent in 1966 to 23.2 percent in 2016.

The 2016 census data released today by Statistics Canada tell a familiar story: rural communities, particularly in northern Ontario, are shrinking as big cities continue to grow.

Doig River saw a loss of two people over the last five years, dropping from 120 people in 2011 to 118 in 2016.

Wednesday's release focused on population and dwellings; the next one, in May, will be focused on age and sex.

The school division said most of the growth occurred in schools in Warman and Martensville.

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Kelowna among the fastest growing census metropolitan areas.

While Toronto's population saw a pretty significant growth rate of 6.2 percent, turns out Calgary is the city of choice for the bulk of Canadians - it's population grew nearly 15 percent in the last five years.

There's been some outmigration as Edmonton's unemployment rate reached 7.4 per cent, he said.

Census data can also be broken down by municipality, which tells a slightly different story.

The 2016 census puts Stratford's population at 31,465, up 562 people from 2011.

That city's population is now 403,131. Dark green shows growth of more than 1,000 people; pink and red show where the population fell.

But he's not upset, he said, crediting an economy that remained strong compared to many other areas of the province and country. Just to the north, St. Albert grew by just 6.7 per cent, which still meant adding 4,123 to the larger city. The three largest CMAs in 2016-Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver-were home to more than one-third of all Canadians (35.5%), with a combined population of 12.5 million.