The latest figures from the 2011 Canadian census have been released, and not since the gold panning days of yore has Canada seen such a population rush to the West.

The study notes an interesting population shift towards the Western provinces, with the population share of the West exceeding the East. It’s not by much — the West weights in at 30.7% of the population, and the East at 30.6% — but small changes can make a big difference.

With Alberta going strong (its cities are being named some of the fastest growing in the country — and Calgary is named one of the top world cities by New Geography), Canada is definitely setting out to be less Eastern-dominated in the coming years.

Of course, this doesn’t mean all of Canada is going to head West for gold—Canada’s future is likely to be bi-coastal, with all regions demanding increased attention and respect.

So what do you guys think? Do you see the West as a big player in the future of Canada? How will this shape our real estate markets?


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