The province’s population was 526,702 as of July 1, 2013, according to the latest information released by Statistics Canada. This represents a decrease of 988 persons from April 1, 2013 (the previous quarter) and a decrease of 139 persons from July 1, 2012 (the previous year).
The change in population from April 2013 to July 2013 was the result of negative natural population change (births minus deaths) and negative net interprovincial migration. Interprovincial net migration was -1,023 while international net migration was +80, resulting in total net migration of -943.
|Population, April 1, 2013||527,690|
|Total Net Migration||-943|
|Net International Migration||80|
|Natural Population Change||-45|
|Population, July 1, 2013||526,702|
Natural population change was -45 in the April to June 2013 period. The number of births has been trending downward for four decades because of lower fertility rates and, more recently, a decline in the number of women of child-bearing age.
While some improvement in fertility rates has been recorded in recent years, natural population change is not likely to contribute significantly to population growth in the near future. As such, migration will be the main determining factor for population growth in the short-term. Although fluctuations in migration levels are to be expected from quarter to quarter, Newfoundland and Labrador has recorded strong economic growth in the last several years which, coupled with a tightening labour market, should continue to support migration to the province.
Statistical Reference:Statistics used in this analysis were the latest available at the time of writing. For the latest in population statistics visit the Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency site.
Provincial population projections are also available by age, gender and various levels of geography. For analysis of regional demographic trends, see Regional Demographic Profiles, Newfoundland and Labrador, November 2007