In this episode, Don Mills and David Campbell make the case for population growth across Atlantic Canada.
There are over 300,000 people expected to retire in the next decade and not nearly enough young people to take their place in the workforce. If we can’t significantly boost the working-age population it will force many industries to downsize or leave the region. Less economic activity will lead to less tax revenue for governments imperilling the sustainability of our public services, particularly health care. We talk about immigration as well as attracting people from the rest of Canada. This is not just a challenge for cities. Workforce shortages are facing all regions of Atlantic Canada.
This is the first in a series of conversations about population growth in the region that will feature interviews with area companies and advocates for increased immigration.