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Population Growth in Alberta and Canada Between Census Years


This Alberta Official Statistic compares Alberta and Canada’s population growth rates between the 1986 and 2011 Censuses of Population. Population growth is the increase (or decrease) in the number of persons in the population between two points in time as a result of natural increase and net migration. It is expressed as a percentage of the population at the beginning of the time period. In between the last six censuses, the growth rate of Alberta’s population has always exceeded the national average except between1986 and 1991. The growth rate was 10.8% between the 2006 and 2011 censuses, almost double the national growth rate (5.9%) for the same period, and 10.6% between 2001 and 2006 compared to the national average of 5.4%.


July 6, 2015

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Population Growth

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Every 5 years

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Treasury Board and Finance

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Alberta, Canada

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This Alberta Official Statistics uses data from the 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2011 Censuses of Population. Statistics Canada conducts the Census of Population every 5 years in order to develop a statistical portrait of Canada and Canadians on one specific day. The census is designed to provide information about people and housing units in Canada by their demographic, social and economic characteristics.

The census enumerates the entire Canadian population, which consists of Canadian citizens (by birth and by naturalization), landed immigrants and non-permanent residents and their families living with them in Canada. Non-permanent residents are persons who hold a work or student permit, or who claim refugee status. Responding to the Census is mandatory.


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(780) 427-2071