'Alberta is Calling' and the Provincial ad campaign encouraging Canadians to relocate to Alberta is working.
Alberta’s population continues to see dramatic growth. In the twelve months preceding July 1, the province’s population expanded by about 184,000 people, or 4.1%. This represents a significant increase from the previous year (1.8% in 2021-2022) and the highest annual growth rate since 1981.
Alberta’s population expanded by 50,061 residents over the second quarter of 2023, or 1.1%. This represents the highest second quarter growth rate on record in the current data series, which began in 1971.
- Government of Alberta website, November 2023
Alberta has the highest weekly wages of all Canadian jurisdictions, boasts some of the most affordable housing costs of all major Canadian centres and offers a high quality of life with quick access to the Rocky Mountains.
With the vast majority of newcomers settling in urban centres, Airdrie needs the Government of Alberta to actively partner with our municipality to accommodate and support population growth.
Limited funding was directed Airdrie’s way in the 2023-24 Alberta Budget despite extensive advocacy for key community priorities.
Funding for schools and healthcare upgrades (both provincial responsibilities) was announced, but very little dedicated funding was provided to support Alberta’s fastest growing city.
Growth requires transparent, criteria-based investment in roads, transit, community amenities like recreation and cultural centres, affordable housing, schools and health care.