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The population share of Canada's Western provinces now exceeds that of the Eastern provinces

In 2011, the population share of the Prairie provinces and British Columbia combined reached 30.7%, a proportion which for the first time exceeded that of the Atlantic provinces and Quebec combined (30.6%). The increased share of the Western provinces since 2006 is essentially due to the population growth of the Prairie provinces, whereas, in the past, was mostly attributable to the growth of British Columbia.

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Strong increase in Saskatchewan's population growth

After negative population growth (-1.1%) between 1996 to 2001 and 2001 to 2006, Saskatchewan saw its growth exceed the national average between 2006 and 2011, at 6.7%. This level was the third largest among Canada's provinces, behind two other Western provinces, Alberta (+10.8%) and British Columbia (+7.0%).

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Twelve of the 15 census agglomerations registering a decrease in their population between 2006 and 2011 were located in Ontario, Quebec or the Atlantic provinces

Of the 15 census agglomerations registering a decrease in their population between 2006 and 2011, 12 were located in Ontario, Quebec or the Atlantic provinces. Thompson in Manitoba, Chatham-Kent in Ontario and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia had decreases in excess of 4.0%.

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Ladysmith, British Columbia

2011 Census Profile (selected characteristics) - Ladysmith, British Columbia
Place type Town
Population in 2011 7,921
Population in 2006 7,538
Percent change, 2006 to 2011 +5.1
Median age 48.3
Percent aged 15 and over 85.7
Population density (sq. km) 660.6
Land area (sq. km) 11.99
Number of private households 3,410
Avg. number of persons in private households 2.3

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