Are people fleeing Vancouver? Census suggests exit trend becoming a stampede

March 22, 2017 4:00 pm

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Vancouver is a great and glorious waterfront city, the greenest and most densely populated in Canada. The gateway to the Pacific Rim, and among the most livable cities in the world, we are told.

So how come so many people are leaving, driving the city’s population growth rate down 30 per cent in the past five years?

The 2016 census shows that Vancouver’s population increased 6.5 per cent between 2011 and 2016, which looks great except that is well down from the 9.3 per cent increase from 2006 to 2011.

Virtually all of the population growth is coming from immigration, according to Statistics Canada.

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