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Cyclesmith bike shop in Halifax claims paying employees a living wage improved business

Adam Inniss, writing for the Halifax City News »

“It’s already paid off in spades,” Cyclesmith owner Andrew Feenstra told CityNews Halifax.

The living wage is calculated annually by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. It is the amount of money someone would have to make hourly to afford a comfortable life in a given area.

When Cyclesmith began doing this, Policy Alternatives calculated the living wage for Halifax to be $21.80/hour.

That wage has now been bumped up to $23.50, and Cyclesmith has raised its wages to meet that number.

“Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do,” said Feenstra.

Canada’s urban centres ranked by population growth from 2016 to 2021

All of Canada’s urban centres showed positive population growth from 2016 to 2021. For the first time in six censuses, no urban centres in Canada saw a population decline. (Additional notes below)

Canada (overall national average) » 5.2%
All metropolitan areas » 6.1%

  1. Kelowna » 14.0%
  2. Chilliwack » 12.1%
  3. Kamloops » 10.0%
  4. London » 10.0%
  5. Nanaimo » 10.0%
  6. Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo » 9.9%
  7. Oshawa » 9.3%
  8. Halifax » 9.1%
  9. Guelph » 9.0%
  10. Moncton » 8.9%
  11. Ottawa–Gatineau » 8.5%
  12. Abbotsford–Mission » 8.4%
  13. Barrie » 8.0%
  14. Victoria » 8.0%
  15. Saskatoon » 7.6%
  16. Belleville–Quinte West » 7.5%
  17. Brantford » 7.4%
  18. Edmonton » 7.3%
  19. Vancouver » 7.3%
  20. Sherbrooke » 7.2%
  21. Kingston » 7.1%
  22. St. Catharines–Niagara » 6.8%
  23. Winnipeg » 6.6%
  24. Calgary » 6.4%
  25. Windsor » 6.0%
  26. Fredericton » 5.8%
  27. Peterborough » 5.7%
  28. Lethbridge » 5.5%
  29. Regina » 5.3%
  30. Hamilton » 5.0%
  31. Drummondville » 4.6%
  32. Montréal » 4.6%
  33. Toronto » 4.6%
  34. Québec » 4.1%
  35. Saint John » 3.5%
  36. Trois-Rivières » 3.5%
  37. Greater Sudbury » 2.8%
  38. St. John’s » 2.0%
  39. Thunder Bay » 1.3%
  40. Red Deer » 0.4%
  41. Saguenay » 0.01%

Note » Each of the 41 urban centres listed above has a population of at least 100,000 people.

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Gatwick Airport expanding number of flights between London and Canadian destinations

Passengers travelling from London’s Gatwick International Airport can now choose from 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada. The existing routes to Toronto and Calgary are joined by new and returning routes to Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, and Halifax.

Passengers can now book on 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada this summer.

Air Transat will be offering daily flights to Montreal, starting in June and will offer a once-a-week service to Quebec City, the first time the UK has benefitted from a direct scheduled service to province’s capital city.

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Canada’s population grew at almost twice the pace of other G7 countries from 2016 to 2021

Our world has dramatically changed in recent years. Yet, one thing that has not changed from the the past five years is that Canada remains the fastest growing country in the G7.

Canada is now home to almost 37 million people, 5.2 percent more than in 2016. Most of that growth is attributable to more people arriving in Canada from around the world to start a new life. Approximately 1.8 million more were calling Canada their home in 2021 compared with five years earlier.

Most of that increase occurred prior to the pandemic, with Canada’s population rising by a record high of 583,000 people (+1.6%) in 2019 alone. While the pandemic slowed the movement of people around the world, immigration still contributed to Canada’s population growing by 0.4% in 2020, the fastest among G7 countries.

The latest census confirmed that, for the first time since the 1940s, the population of the Maritime provinces grew at a faster rate than the Prairie provinces. This change was largely due to an influx of Canadians migrating to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island from other parts of the country.

Yukon‘s population grew 12.1 percent, the fastest pace nationally. The population in PEI grew 8.0 percent, and British Columbia grew by 7.6 percent.

Newfoundland was the only province to see its population decline (-1.8%) from 2016 to 2021.

The latest census showed that immigration continued to be the biggest driver of Canada’s population growth from 2016 to 2021.

Source » Statistics Canada

Fun Fact » The average age of residents in all of Canada is 41.9 years.

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