Census: Population of metropolitan area of Victoria outpaced national growth rate
A Statistics Canada 2016 Census sits on the key board of a laptop after arriving in the mail at a home in Ottawa on Monday, May 2, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:27AM PST
OTTAWA - New census data shows the population of the metropolitan area of Victoria outpaced the national growth rate over the last five years.
Statistics Canada released the first batch of numbers from the 2016 census on Wednesday and the population of what the government agency refers to as the census metropolitan area of Victoria increased by 6.7 per cent since the last census in 2011.
The area's growth rate was above the national growth rate of 5.0 per cent, while the population of British Columbia increased by 5.6 per cent.
Census metropolitan areas do not conform to established municipal boundaries. Statistics Canada defines them as a metropolitan area with a population of at least 100,000, where the urban core of that area has at least 50,000 people. Commuting patterns and other factors are used in determining these census metropolitan areas. Looking at metropolitan areas this way takes in to account the growing impact of suburban areas on Canada's largest cities.
When the 2016 census was taken last May 10, the population of the census metropolitan area of Victoria was 367,770, compared with 344,580 from the 2011 census. The population of the actual city of Victoria was 85,792, up from 80,017 in 2011.
The census indicated that Victoria ranked No. 15 among the country's 35 census metropolitan areas.
Canada's population on census day was 35,151,728, Statistics Canada reported.
The national census is conducted every five years. The information published Wednesday is the first of several releases of data to come from Statistics Canada over the next year that will eventually paint a detailed picture of the country, right down to the local level - including age breakdowns of the population, family makeup, languages spoken, immigration and ethnic origin, the level of education attained and income earned.
Future census releases will give more insight to explain the reasons behind the population changes - whether it's related mostly to changes in birth and death rates, immigration or interprovincial migration.
At the provincial level, population levels in Alberta saw the highest increase at 11.6 per cent, followed by Saskatchewan (6.3 per cent) and Manitoba (5.8 per cent).
Growth in New Brunswick shrank by 0.5 per cent - the first time since 2006 a province has reported a negative growth rate.
British Columbia's population levels increased by 5.6 per cent, compared with Ontario (4.6 per cent), Quebec (3.3 per cent), Prince Edward Island (1.9 per cent), Newfoundland and Labrador (1.0 per cent) and Nova Scotia (0.2 per cent). Among the northern territories, the population grew by 0.8 per cent in the Northwest Territories, 12.7 per cent in Nunavut and 5.8 per cent in Yukon.
Ontario is still the country's most populous province, with a population of 13,448,494. The population of other provinces and territories: Quebec, 8,164,361; British Columbia, 4,648,055; Alberta, 4,067,175; Manitoba, 1,278,365; Saskatchewan, 1,098,352; Nova Scotia, 923,598; New Brunswick, 747,101; Newfoundland and Labrador, 519,716; Prince Edward Island, 142,907; Northwest Territories, 41,786; Nunavut, 35,944 and Yukon, 35,874.
Here is a local breakdown of census population information for communities in the Victoria region:
Community 2016 / 2011 / % change
- Metropolitan Victoria 367,770 / 344,580 / 6.7
- City of Victoria 85,792 / 80,017 / 7.2
- Esquimalt 17,655 / 16,209 / 8.9
- Oak Bay 18,094 / 18,015 / 0.4
- View Royal 10,408 / 9,381 / 10.9
- Highlands 2,225 / 2,120 / 5.0
- Sooke 13,001 / 11,435 / 13.7
- Colwood 16,859 / 16,093 / 4.8
- Metchosin 4,708 / 4,803 / -2.0
- Langford 35,342 / 29,228 / 20.9
- Saanich 114,148 / 109,752 / 4.0
- North Saanich 11,249 / 11,089 / 1.4
- Sidney 11,672 / 11,178 / 4.4
- Central Saanich 16,814 / 15,936 / 5.5
- East Saanich 2 1,689 / 1,709 / -1.2
- North Cowichan 29,676 / 28,807 / 3.0
- Duncan 4,944 / 4,932 / 0.2
- Lake Cowichan 3,226 / 2,974 / 8.5
- Ladysmith 8,537 / 7,921 / 7.8