This is THE BEST NEWS of the last census of Statistics Canada. Really.
Let me explain why.
You remember my pleasure when, in my last blog post, I shared that our city had seen an increase in its population between 2011 and 2016.
That was the first good news.
The second good news is that this increase appeared to be due to the arrival of new families.
But what has just been published by Statistics Canada is the absolute best news from the census in my opinion. It is that the arrival of young families in particular seems to explain this increase and especially the start of the population renewal of Edmundston since 2011.
Indeed, as shown in the figure below, the number of children aged 0 to 14 has increased 8.3% since 2011 in Edmundston.
It can be easy to sweep such statistics aside, and this may seem trivial. But it is not.
Far from it.
Here are reasons why:
- Only three other cities (Dieppe, Fredericton and Moncton) experienced an increase of this type. These three cities are growing and our results compare to theirs.
- For the same period and same age group, New Brunswick stats are at -2.7 %.
- Canada registered 4%. Edmundston has thus doubled the national result!
- And do you know what’s even more exciting? For the previous period (2006-2011), the number of children aged 0 to 14 decreased by 10.2% in Edmundston!
Is this not a refreshing wind of change?
This is why the news is so important. It points to a major shift from what was emerging as a trend in our city's population, particularly in the provincial context.
It stresses that a positive renewal of our population has begun. This is excellent news that shows hope for up and coming generations.
Of course, the game is not over. This trend reversal must be consolidated and supported. It is our business, each and every one of us.
This way, we can say for a long time that Edmundston is youthful by nature!