25 June 2012

Alberta-bound #nlpoli

This graph will likely cause some people to scratch their chins or heads.  The reason is simple:  it isn’t the story they’ve been told, namely the one that holds that all our ills of outmigration and the like vanished after 2003.

In fact, if you look at it, outmigration from Newfoundland and Labrador to Alberta has been greatest over the last 10 years or so.

AB outmigration 1989 to 2012 CANSIM 051-0045

The outmigration peak before then was after the federal support cash from the cod moratorium disappeared.

The lowest points in recent years came during the recession.  And the highest quarter of outmigration to Alberta was this past one, in the first part of 2012.