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New Population Projections from Statistics Canada Demand Federal-Provincial Growth Strategy
PC Opposition labour critic Paul Dinn, “Statistics Canada is painting a picture of the economic course we’re on under the Ball Liberals, and it’s anything but a positive way forward.”
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (September 17, 2019) – PC Opposition labour critic Paul Dinn said the new population projections issued by Statistics Canada paint a dismal picture of Newfoundland and Labrador’s future and demand a concerted federal-provincial strategy to get our population growing.

Statistics Canada considered nine different projection scenarios for the country. Under all of them, Newfoundland and Labrador is on track for major decline over the next 25 years.

Under their best-case scenario, the province’s population will drop from 525,400 people to 503,800 people by 2042-43 – a loss of more than 20,000 people.

Under their worst-case scenario, the province’s population will drop from 525,400 people to 434,400 people by 2042-43 – a loss of 91,000 people, or nearly a fifth of our current population.

During that time, Canada’s population is projected to boom. Our province’s share of that total is projected to diminish to as little as one per cent, or less, of Canada’s total.

Dinn said, “Statistics Canada is painting a picture of the economic course we’re on under the Ball Liberals, and it’s anything but a positive way forward.”

“Under the Constitution of the country, Ottawa has an obligation to address economic disparity, which is the only way to describe such a path of decline. It’s time for a concerted action plan to get our economy growing again, on the steam of our resources, our skilled labour force and our many other strengths.”

“Ottawa is ignoring us because, on paper, it looks like our per-capita situation is improving whenever our population shrinks even though it means less revenue to pay for people’s needs. We’re getting less and less in transfers and zero in Equalization while other provinces get more to lower taxes and run surpluses. Someone has to make a convincing case that our population decline is a national crisis that demands a serious action plan.”

 

Data source: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/cv.action?pid=1710005801

 

Contacts: Denise Tubrett, Deputy Chief of Staff

(c) 1.709.725.2594 DeniseTubrett@gov.nl.ca

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