Originally Posted by blueandgoldguy
Anyone in this thread from PEI? What 's going on there that the population is growing vs. the other maritime provinces and Newfoundland?
Although I live in Moncton, I'm originally from PEI, so here goes.
Rural PEI has an entirely different economy than rural NS, NB or NL.
While there are farming areas in NB and NS (upper Saint John River Valley, Annapolis Valley), the rural portions of most of those two provinces are dominated by lumbering, mining and old style manufacturing mills. Those sort of industries come and go, and recently have been in steep decline. The Farming economy of PEI is far more stable.
In turn, while the rural economies of NB, NL and NS are dying, there are major urban centres in all four provinces which continue to grow (Halifax, St.John's, Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown). As such, in NS, NB and NL, the rural decline has been partially offset by urban growth. In PEI on the other hand, urban growth has been additive upon the stable rural population base and thus the overall population of the province is growing.
In 1891, PEI had a population of 108,000. By the 1930's, it had crashed to 88,000 because of consolidation of small rural farms. Since the 1930's, the population has been steadily growing and is now about 146,000. When I was a boy growing up in Charlottetown in the 1960's, the population was about 118,000.
This is not spectacular growth to be sure, but at least PEI is not shrinking like the rural portions of the other three provinces.