According to Statistics Canada, Calgary and Edmonton posted identical population gains of 2.4 per cent between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Illustration Statistics Canada.

Alberta cities still among fastest-growing centres in Canada

Calgary, Edmonton tied for second

Calgary continued to be one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities in 2015.

Growing in size even in the face of a struggling energy sector, Calgary tied with Edmonton as the second- fastest-growing cities in all of Canada.

According to Statistics Canada, Calgary and Edmonton posted identical population gains of 2.4 per cent between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, placing the two centres behind only Kelowna, B.C. as the fastest-growing cities in Canada.

The average growth nationwide was 1.2 per cent, with five centres (Thunder Bay Ont., Peterborough Ont., Saguenay Que., Sudbury Ont., Saint John NB) posting populations declines over the surveyed period.

While both Calgary and Edmonton posted gains, the increases are down from the previous year when both cities posted gains of 3.4 per cent.

Looking at the growth of the two cities over a longer time span, Calgary and Edmonton have posted the largest population increases in Canada since 2001, having grown by 47.2 and 41.7 per cent respectively over the last 15 years.

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