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  • Rural youth leave for jobs, education and fun (Malatest, 2002).
  • 39 non-metro census divisions (CDs) lost more than 20% of their youth from 2007 to 2012.
  • The table below shows the 7 with the greatest percent loss. However, 7 non-metro CDs gained more than 20% of their youth from 2007 to 2012.

Non-metro census divisions with greatest loss and with greatest gain of youth who were 15-19 years of age in 2007

Census Division identifier Name of Non-metro Census Division (sorted by percent change in the number of youth from 2007 to 2012) Change in population, 15-19 years of age in the beginning year compared to the population 20-24 years of age, five years later
Beginning year Ending year Population 15-19 years in beginning year Population 20-24 years in ending year Percent change over 5 years

39 non-metro census divisions lost 20% of more of their youth, 15-19 years of age in 2007 in the following 5 years. Here are the 7 census divisions with the greatest percent loss.

5951 Bulkley-Nechako, British Columbia 2007 2012                         3,034                           1,875 -38
4703 Sask. Div. 3 (incl. Assiniboia) 2007 2012                            996                              627 -37
1008 NL Div.  8 (incl. Lewisport and Springdale) 2007 2012                         2,422                           1,604 -34
1009 NL Div.  9 (incl. St. Anthony) 2007 2012                         1,220                              822 -33
1203 Digby, Nova Scotia 2007 2012                         1,183                              802 -32
1003 NL Div.  3 (incl. Port aux Basques) 2007 2012                         1,069                              756 -29
4709 Sask. Div. 9 (incl. Yorkton) 2007 2012                         2,274                           1,642 -28

7 non-metro census divisions gained 20% of more of their youth, 15-19 years of age in 2007 in the following 5 years

4607 Man. Div. 7 (incl. Brandon) 2007 2012                         4,270                           5,179 21
1310 York, New Brunswick 2007 2012                         5,878                           7,203 23
1102 Queens, Prince Edward Island 2007 2012                         5,375                           6,618 23
5957 Stikine, British Columbia 2007 2012                              78                              113 45
5931 Squamish-Lillooet, British Columbia 2007 2012                         2,375                           3,615 52
4816 Alta. Div. 16 (incl. Fort McMurray) 2007 2012                         4,358                           6,882 58
4815 Alta. Div. 15 (incl. Canmore) 2007 2012                         2,207                           3,595 63
Source: Statistics Canada. Annual Demographic Statistics, CANSIM Table 051-0052.

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