Halifax’s population climbed to just under 418,000 in 2015, growing by 1.0% compared to 2014. This rate of growth was on par with the national average and middle of the pack among benchmark cities.
Population growth has improved slightly over the past two years, in contrast to slowing (though typically still higher) growth in resourcedriven economies across the country. Increasing growth was due to reduced interprovincial outmigration and increased international immigration.
Population gains were concentrated in two age groups. The largest was among those age 55 and older, who added 3,800 people as a result of natural aging. Second were 35-39-year-olds who added 2,600 individuals, a much larger number than usual due to improved migration trends as economic weakness in the West reduced the pull for young workers.
Declining workforce participation rates and modest labour force growth in the past few years highlight the continued importance of young worker and immigrant attraction and retention to grow the Halifax and Nova Scotia economies. Efforts to integrate immigrants and recent graduates into the labour force are as vital now as they have ever been.
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