Langford ranked third fastest growing suburban municipality: census

The town of Langford took third place for the fastest growing suburban municipality in Canada, according to census data.

Statistics Canada released the results of the 2021 census data, which showed Langford increased by 31.8% since the last census in 2016.

East Gwillimbury, a municipality on the outskirts of Toronto, experienced the fastest growth at 44.4%.

The Blue Mountains in Ontario were in second place with growth of 33.7%.

According to Statistics Canada, the 25 municipalities with the fastest growth rates were either located in or near large and small urban centres.

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Langford’s population has grown from 35,342 in 2016 to 46,584 in 2021.

Three other BC municipalities made the top 25 list.

The Southern Gulf Islands were the sixth fastest growing at 28.9%.

Lake Country rose 22.4% and Squamish 22.2%.

In addition, StatCan has published data on the municipality whose population has decreased the most.

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Esquimalt had the fifth highest rate of decline of municipalities in British Columbia

Esquimalt’s population decreased by 0.7% from 17,655 to 17,533 in 2021.

Esquimalt was not in the top 25 of the country list, with most of the municipalities with the highest rates of decline being in Alberta.

In British Columbia, the top five were Peace River C, which fell 10.8%, Peace River B fell 4.4%, Merritt fell 1.2%, Cariboo A fell 1.0%, followed by of Esquimalt.