British Columbia's population is expected to reach 7.9 million by 2046, with Greater Victoria accounting for 655,000 people. Overall, the province is getting older than the rest of Canada, with a lower fertility rate, according to a BC Stats report released yesterday.
BC's current population is 5.58 million, with about 450,000 living in the Capital Regional District. The province's annual growth rate of 3.3% is the highest since 1972. The growth is from historic levels of international immigration as 66,190 people from outside Canada settled in BC. However, the province also experienced a net loss in people migrating within Canada as 4,634 more people left for other provinces than moved here.