The population of the three Maritime provinces is currently growing at its fastest pace in decades while Newfoundland and Labrador’s population has resumed its decline, according to APEC’s latest Report Card. This follows three decades of steady decline in population growth rates in the Maritimes and seven years of population gains in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prince Edward Island led the country with the fastest population growth, at an incredible rate of 2% per year. Between 2016 and 2018 Nova Scotia’s population grew at 0.8% annually - the fastest pace since the 1980s. New Brunswick trails Nova Scotia with an annual rate of 0.5%, but this is still the highest rates for New Brunswick since the early 1990s. While population growth in the Maritimes is accelerating, Newfoundland and Labrador saw a decrease of 0.2% per year.