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Alert raised over latest Alberta population boom

January 28, 2013 • Daily Email Recap

Alert raised over latest Alberta population boom
See: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Alert+raised+over+latest+Alberta+population+boom/7875042/story.html

People are once again moving to Alberta in droves, but the rapid growth has spawned fears the province could face the same infrastructure, labour and housing pains felt during the last economic boom.

People are once again moving to Alberta in droves, but the rapid growth has spawned fears the province could face the same infrastructure, labour and housing pains felt during the last economic boom.

“There is cause for concern,” said Bob Barss, president of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties.

“I don’t think the cause is insurmountable. Working with urban and rural Alberta, we can solve this population issue.”

Statistics Canada figures from the third quarter of 2012 show Alberta experienced the biggest net influx of interprovincial migration and immigration since 2006.

During the mid-2000s, a wave of new arrivals put a huge strain on the province — including schools, roads and health care.

Barss, head of an organization representing 69 counties and municipal districts, said provincial growth has once again put pressure on schools, hospital and housing in some areas. Infrastructure is also feeling the squeeze.

“There’s a huge deficit on water and wastewater,” Barss added.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Alert+raised+over+latest+Alberta+population+boom/7875042/story.html


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