It's not the volume of people, it's how much land each new person occupied.
In our case the difference over 32-years is negligible. But if we shared Edmonton's development patterns we'd see a considerable different between Victoria of 1984 and Victoria of 2016.
Ehh, I wouldn't want to emulate Edmonton's painful sprawl (lived there for too long, commutes were a b*tch even with wide freeways). They are just coming to grips with vertical densification, which Victoria (being as it is more geographically confined) needs to hop on top of ASAP. Build up; incorporate safe parks and greens spaces in a controlled, planned manner; and ensure vehicular transit corridors are separated from pedestrian/bike/scooter paths. This is my take on healthy and sustainable population growth.