It's no surprise last year was the lowest in the past 20 years, and not much of a surprise, that it's been in decline since 2015-2016. Remember the downtown started in 2015, and many of the children born that year were planned for and conceived before the downturn started. It'll bounce back if the economy picks up, and that feels like it's happening. slowly, but still happening.2020-2021 saw a natural increase of 7,624, the lowest level in 20 years, even as the population has increased considerably since then. So per capita it's the lowest it's been for more than 2 decades. That may be a pandemic blip, but our natural increase has been steadily declining since the 2015-2016 peak of 12,314.
Interactive dashboard, StatsCan population estimates, Calgary CMA
Annual demographic estimates, census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations: Interactive dashboardThis interactive dashboard allows the user to visualize the factors of population growth and how they have changed over time for census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations. The dashboard shows population, population growth, factors of population growth (natural increase, international...www150.statcan.gc.ca
The story here is that even with a prolonged economic slump, a sharp decrease in international immigration and the lowest natural increase in the past 20 years, Calgary still outdid its contemporaries. Not that everything's perfect, but I agree with Cowtown, there's something good things happening here.