Changes in population from migration and immigration
Positive international immigration added to gains from to inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 28,344 people to British Columbia’s population in the second quarter of 2021. This was well above the number of people who came during the previous second quarter and was a new second quarter record for any year.
Changes in population from movement within Canada
Some 31,926 people moved to British Columbia from other provinces in the second quarter of 2021. This was up 41% from a year earlier. More people came to British Columbia from the Prairie provinces, Ontario and Quebec compared to a year earlier.
A total of 16,636 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the second quarter, an increase of 17.8% from the same period in 2020. More people leaving for Alberta and Ontario accounted for most of this rise.
The result was a net gain of 15,290 people to British Columbia’s population in the second quarter. This was an increase of 79.5% from the second quarter of 2020.
Changes in population from immigration
International immigration added 13,054 people to British Columbia’s population in the second quarter of 2021, still well-below levels seen prior to the pandemic.