Greater Victoria could see 485,000 residents by 2041
Statistics Canada predicts Greater Victoria will grow, become more diverse by 2041
This projection emerges out of data released earlier in September by Statistics Canada spelling out demographic projections up to 2041. According to the 2021 census, Victoria Census Metropolitan Area had a population of 397,237 people. The projected figure of 485,000 — a projected increase of 22 per cent within two decades — represents one of three possible scenarios, namely, the high immigration scenario.
The two other scenarios also spell out significant but smaller increases. Under the low immigration scenario, Victoria CMA would reach a population of 457,000 by 2041. The reference scenario — which serves as the starting point for both the high and low immigration scenarios — projects a future population of 473,000. Overall, the projections identify immigration — rather than fertility — as the main source of population growth.
Immigration, of course, is completely within our control. We could turn it off today, to allow housing to catch up.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 22 September 2022 - 07:19 AM.