New Brunswick

Moncton's population continues to grow: StatsCan

Southeastern New Brunswick's growing population has come largely at the expense of other areas of the province, according to Statistics Canada.

Southeastern New Brunswick's growing population has come largely at the expense of other areas of the province, according to Statistics Canada.

Statistics Canada issued the latest population figures last week that show the greater Moncton area grew by more than 2,400 people in 2010.

Moncton's census metropolitan area is now 137,346, ahead of Saint John's 127,973. Roughly half of that population growth was generated by people moving to the area from other parts of New Brunswick.

Moncton has not only become the largest city in the province — but one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

The trend of people flocking to southeastern New Brunswick has been noticed by urban planners in Dieppe for more than a decade.

The city's population has more than doubled in the last 10 years.

Pierre Dupuis, Dieppe's general manager of economic development, said the expanding population is a boon to the city on many fronts.

"It's the people coming in buying homes or relocating, so it's increasing the tax base on the residential side," Dupuis said Monday.

"But the flip side, it's also helping our business community by providing skilled labour for them to be able to grow and prosper."

Dupuis said it looks like the population trends will continue.

Suzanne McIntosh and her husband made the decision to leave their home in Petit Rocher, a small community in northern New Brunswick, and head to Moncton a couple of years ago.

McIntosh said the move was based on career options and a chance to be closer to family.

She said she can see why a steady stream of people are following suit.

"Moncton and the Moncton area is definitely growing," McIntosh said. "I've only been here since 2007 and I already see a booming area, even though with the recession, I find it's still an area that's booming."

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