(Quebec) Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval is the city of Quebec with the largest population growth between 2011 and 2016, a six-fold increase over the Canadian average.
This is what emerges from the data released Monday morning by Statistics Canada and resulting from the most recent census, carried out in May 2016.
“Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval is an interesting case,” says Julien Bérard-Chagnon, a demographer at Statistics Canada. With its population increase of 29% over the last five years, “it is the city – with more than 5000 inhabitants – with the highest growth in Quebec. Among all Canadian cities, it is in 11 th place, “explains the demographer. In the forefront of this list is the City of Warman, a suburb of Saskatoon, which increased its population by 55% between 2011 and 2016. For comparison, the Canadian average is 5%.
Contacted by Le Soleil , the Mayor of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, Wanita Daniele, said she was very pleased, but “not surprised” by the figures disclosed by Statistics Canada. “Sainte-Brigitte is a city accessible to young families, where it is good to live, where we are close to each other,” argues the one who says for several years already the popular enthusiasm for his city. M me Daniele moreover noted that “many residents from the regions of Quebec.” As if they were looking for the countryside near the city, she illustrates.
However, the mayor admits that demographic growth “has its limits”. “We must keep pace with development, and this is a major challenge for us. […] For now, we have managed to increase the level of services while freezing the tax account, “but the elastic will not be able to continue stretching this way indefinitely, she said. “And development [in the coming years] will be done with this in mind.”
3% increase in Quebec City
Whether in Saskatoon, Quebec City, Montreal, Calgary or Toronto, Statistics Canada is currently “seeing” the effects of urban sprawl. And as in many other large municipalities in Canada, the population of Quebec City is growing less rapidly than that of the entire Quebec City region.
Between 2011 and 2016, the number of residents in Québec City increased from 516,576 to 531,902, an increase of 3%, while in the metropolitan area of Quebec – which includes suburban cities – Order of 4.3%. In Lévis, the increase is 3.3%, which is equivalent to the provincial average. And although these percentages are lower than the Canadian average, we must not be alarmed, assures Julien Bérard-Chagnon. “Québec City has nevertheless increased by 3% in five years. It’s comparable to the city of Montreal, “he says.
In addition, Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval is not the only city on the outskirts of Québec that has seen a large increase in its population. Saint-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier (21.9%), Fossambault-sur-le-Lac (21.5%), Shannon (18.6%) and Stoneham-and-Tewkesbury , 6%) also stand out for their large population growth.
Other figures from the most recent census will be disclosed by Statistics Canada in the coming months. They will include age, sex, housing, households, language, income, ethnocultural diversity, Aboriginal peoples, education and work.