The City of Langford has taken the third-place spot 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 grew by 31.8 per cent since the previous census in 2016.
East Gwillimbury, a municipality on the outskirts of Toronto, grew at the fastest rate at 44.4 per cent.
The Blue Mountains in Ontario was the second-place spot at a growth of 33.7 per cent.
StatCan says the top 25 municipalities with the fastest growth rate were either located within large and small urban centres, or close to them.
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The population of Langford grew to 46,584 in 2021 from 35,342 in 2016.
There were three other B.C. municipalities that made the top 25 list.
The Southern Gulf Islands were the sixth fastest-growing at 28.9 per cent.
Lake Country grew by 22. 4 per cent, and Squamish grew by 22.2 per cent.
Additionally, StatCan released data on which municipality’s population decreased by the largest amount.
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Esquimalt had the fifth-highest decline rate of municipalities in B.C.
The population of Esquimalt shrank by 0.7 per cent to 17,533 in 2021 from 17,655.
Esquimalt did not make the top 25 for the country list, with most of the municipalities with the highest decline rates being in Alberta.
In B.C., the top five spots were Peace River C, which declined by 10.8 per cent, Peace River B declined by 4.4 per cent, Merritt by 1.2 per cent, Cariboo A by 1.0 per cent, followed by Esquimalt.