Brockville population drops 2.4%, northeast LG booms

LEEDS-GRENVILLE – The regions three separated cities and towns all saw declining populations over the last five years while northeast Leeds-Grenville saw a population boom.

That’s according to 2016 census data on population released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.

The population of Brockville was 21,346, as the city lost 524 people since 2011 (a loss of 2.4 per cent). Gananoque had a population of 5,194 (down 0.7 per cent) and Prescott was 4,284 (down 1.4 per cent).

With the exception of Augusta Township, Front of Yonge and Athens, the rest of the municipalities all experienced growth, especially in the northeast.

North Grenville bloomed 9.1 per cent since 2011 as the population went from 15,085 to 16,451. Merrickville-Wolford also jumped 7.6 per cent to a population of 3,067 in 2016.

Here’s how the rest of Leeds-Grenville stacked up:

  • Elizabethtown-Kitley Township – 9,724 to 9,854 – up 1.3 per cent
  • Edwardsburgh-Cardinal – 6,959 to 7,093 – up 1.9 per cent
  • Augusta Township – 7,430 to 7,353 – down 1.0 per cent
  • Front of Yonge – 2,752 to 2,607 – down 5.3 per cent
  • Athens Township – 3,118 to 3,013 – down 3.4 per cent
  • Leeds and Thousand Islands – 9,277 to 9,465 – up 2.0 per cent
  • Rideau Lakes Township – 10,207 to 10,326 – up 1.2 per cent

As for Canada, the country was home to 35.15 million people and more people are living in urban centers. Almost one-third of Canadians live in Western Canada. Most of the growth in the provinces came from new immigrants.

Ontario’s population grew by 4.6 per cent to 13.4 million people.

The next set of census data will be released May 3 when we will get details on age, sex and types of homes people are living in.

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