Town’s population on decline: census

OTTAWA —The numbers are in and new information from the 2006 census shows Fort Frances has experienced a decline in population over the last five years.
Statistics Canada released the first data from last year’s census today and it showed the population of Fort Frances has decreased by 2.5 percent since the 2001 census.
While there has been a local loss in population, Canada’s national growth rate over the last five years was 5.4 percent. The population of Ontario increased by 6.6 percent.
When the census was taken last May, the population of Fort Frances was 8,103 compared with 8,315 in 2001.
Across the district, only Alberton and Dawson showed population increases since 2001. Dawson was up to 620 residents from 613 (1.1 percent) while Alberton went from 956 to 958 (0.2 percent).
Atikokan had the biggest population loss at -9.3 percent (3,293 residents in 2006 compared to 3,632 in 2001), followed by Rainy River at -7.3 (909 from 981).
Morley was down 6.3 percent (492 from 526), Chapple declined 5.9 percent (856 from 910), Lake of the Woods fell 2.1 percent (323 from 330), Emo was down 2.0 percent (1,305 from 1,331), and La Vallee was off 0.6 percent (1,067 from 1,073).
Nationally, the census indicated booming Alberta had the highest growth rate among all provinces—its 10.6 percent population gain attributed mostly to the influx of people from other parts of Canada who have gone there to work in the oil business.
Other provinces that experienced growth were British Columbia (5.3 percent), Quebec (4.3 percent), Manitoba (2.6 percent), Nova Scotia (0.6 percent), Prince Edward Island (0.4 percent), and New Brunswick (0.1 percent).
The new census data shows the provinces that experienced loss in population were Newfoundland and Labrador (-1.5 percent) and Saskatchewan (-1.1 percent).
In the north, all three territories experienced growth higher than the national average from 2001-06.
Nunavut’s population grew 10.2 percent and the Yukon increased 5.9 percent.
The population of the Northwest Territories increased 11.0 percent, but Statistics Canada cautioned the actual growth rate may not be that high. It said the increase is likely the result of an “undercount” of N.W.T. inhabitants in 2001.
Canada’s population as of census day 2006 was 31,612,897, Statistics Canada reported.
Ontario remains the most populous Canadian province or territory, with a population of 12,160,282. Quebec was next at 7,546,131, followed by British Columbia (4,113,487), Alberta (3,290,350), and Manitoba (1,148,401).
Rounding out the list are Saskatchewan (968,157), Nova Scotia (913,462), New Brunswick (729,997), Newfoundland and Labrador (505,469), Prince Edward Island (135,851), Northwest Territories (41,464), Yukon Territory (30,372), and Nunavut (29,474).
The census is conducted every five years by Statistics Canada and is based on information filled out by Canadians on census day on May 16, 2006.
The information released today is the first in a series of census data that will be released periodically over the next 15 months.
Future data will give demographic breakdowns on dozens of topics, including age, sex, marital status, language, ethnic origin, education, and income.