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December 18, 2012

As of October 1, 2012, Nova Scotia's population is estimated to be 947,831, a decrease of 864 persons (0.09%) over the July 2012 estimate (948,695).

Natural Increase (2,336 Births - 2,121 Deaths) over the quarter ending September 30th was 215. Net interprovincial migration for the quarter ending September 30, 2012 was an outflow of 1,998 persons (4,954 interprovincial inmigrants, 6,952 interprovincial outmigrants). Immigration was 533, and emigration was 258. Net international immigration (immigrants minus emigrants, plus returning emigrants, minus net temporary emigrants) was 919.

Interprovincial movements data show that of those who left Nova Scotia over the quarter ending September 30th 2012, 2,188 left for Ontario and 2,353 left for Alberta. Quarterly averages since the year 2000 show that, on average, 1,460 Nova Scotians leave for Ontario and 1,044 leave for Alberta (total = 4,234 interprovincial outmigrants to other provinces, not including territories).

On the interprovincial inmigration side, 1,979 persons came to Nova Scotia from Ontario, 929 from New Brunswick, and 771 from Alberta (total = 4,910 in-migrants from other provinces, not including territories). The third quarter of this year shows that the only provinces that contributed net migrants to Nova Scotia were New Brunswick (+253) and Manitoba (+30). Quarterly net interprovincial migration has averaged -409 since the first quarter of 2000.

Statistics Canada Quote:
"Nova Scotia recorded a population decline of 0.1% in the third quarter of 2012, to a total of 947,800 as of October 1, 2012. Since 1971, third-quarter population loss was recorded only once in 2006 for Nova Scotia. The population decline was the result of the largest loss in interprovincial migration (-2,000) for any quarter."
Statistics Canada Cat. No. 91-215

Quarterly Demographic Estimates, Statistics Canada. Pub 91-002-X (free)
Statistics Canada CANSIM tables: 051-0005 (Population estimates), 051-0017 and 051-0045 (Interprovincial Migrants), 053-0001 (Births and Deaths), 051-0037 (International Migrants)

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