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Greater Victoria population growth lags behind western trend

Feb 08 2012

British Columbia's capital region, Greater Victoria, remains Canada's 15th largest city with a population of 344,615, according to new census data.

The figures, released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, are based on the census conducted in May last year.

They reveal that the city's population grew by 4.4 per cent - from 330,088 residents - since the last census in 2006.

British Columbia's population increased seven per cent in the last five years, compared with a 5.3-per-cent increase between 2001 and 2006.

Victoria's growth rate lags behind many other western Canadian cities. Statistics Canada noted that all metropolitan areas located in Western Canada, except Victoria and Winnipeg, had higher population growth than the national average.

The four Canadian metropolitan areas with the highest rates of population growth were Calgary (12.6 per cent), Edmonton (12.1 per cent), Saskatoon (11.4 per cent) and Kelowna, B.C. (10.8 per cent).

The Vancouver metropolitan area grew by 9.3 per cent to 2.3 million residents from 2.1 million in 2006.