The population of the Cariboo-Chilcotin has declined by 0.6% according to Statistics Canada who released its 2016 population and dwelling counts .
Ryan Berlin is a senior Economist with the Rennie Group.
“Over 5 years, we’ve seen no population growth. It’s indicative of trends that we’re seeing in the province as a whole outside of our urban areas where we have an aging population, not a lot of immigration, and then migration of younger people.”
Berlin says the regional districts that are home to the province’s urban areas are seeing the most growth-the lower mainland, as well as the central Okanagan.
“That’s also where we’ve seen employment growth over the past 5-6 years.”
B.C’s population according to today’s figures show that the province has grown by 5.6% (4.6 million people) since 2011.