British Columbia

Find out how much your community grew or shrank with our interactive charts

Explore the 2022 census data for British Columbia with these interactive charts.

Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola regions see rapid growth, in addition to the Lower Mainland

British Columbia's population has grown to more than 5 million, according to the latest census data from Statistics Canada. (CBC News)

British Columbia's population has hit more than 5 million people for the first time in history according to the latest census data from Statistics Canada.

And while much of that growth continues to be centered in the Lower Mainland, communities on Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and Thompson-Nicola regions have seen rapid growth as well. 

Statistics Canada has released its first round of 2021 census data showing population and dwelling counts for communities across the country.

Below you can find all of our charts exploring how B.C.'s population has changed over the last five years.

Population change visualizer

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Population change between 2016 and 2021

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Census maps

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Biggest and smallest population increases/decreases by region





With files from Justin McElroy