More people left Alberta for other parts of Canada than came into the province in the fourth quarter of last year, according to ATB Financial.
Alberta experienced a net loss of 1,300 people in the last three months of 2020. On an annual basis, Alberta lost 2,152 to other parts of Canada in 2020.
From 2010 to 2014, Alberta gained 120,488 residents from other parts of Canada. Since then, Alberta has seen a net loss of 23,147 residents to the rest of Canada from 2015 to 2020.
Alberta lost the most residents last year to British Columbia; 17,688 British Columbians moved to Alberta in 2020 while 25,833 Albertans relocated to B.C., for a net loss 8,215.
Alberta gained the most residents last year from Saskatchewan; 6,581 people moved from Saskatchewan to Alberta while 5,604 left Alberta for Saskatchewan, for a net gain of 2,504.
Alberta’s population still managed to grow by 34,213 last year because of natural increase (+22,688) and net international migration (+13,697).
The negative impact of the pandemic on international migration is evident, with Alberta’s net gain from this source down by 70 per cent compared to the year before.