Moncton, Halifax top list of fastest-growing urban regions, Statistics Canada says

MONTREAL — Statistics Canada says that Halifax and Moncton, N.B., were the fastest-growing urban regions in Canada last year.

The agency said today that the Moncton metropolitan area grew by 5.3 per cent between July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022, while Nova Scotia's capital grew by 4.4 per cent.

The report says their growth rates are more than twice that of Canada as a whole and mark the first time in more than 20 years that the two fastest-growing metropolitan areas are both found in Atlantic Canada.

Statistics Canada says large urban regions experienced a significant rebound of their population growth in the past year, with many seeing their fastest rate of increase since 2001 or 2002.

The agency says most of the growth in Canada's big cities is fuelled by international migration, which rose last year after being limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montreal and Thunder Bay, Ont., grew at the slowest pace of the major metropolitan areas over the last year, with growth rates of 0.9 per cent and 0.2 per cent, respectively.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 11, 2023.

Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press