Statistics Canada shows that in 2006 people in Edmonton were mostly of European ethnicities – of English, German, Scottish, Irish, Ukrainian and French origin. Most of the immigrants in Edmonton used to come to Alberta from other Canadian provinces; however, over the past decade the number of international migrants is increasing.
According to the 2012 municipal census on April 1, 2012, Edmonton’s population was 817,498. The city’s annual growth has averaged 12,000 since the previous municipal census in 2009. This growth can be explained with the good employment opportunities and the quality of life that attract immigrants to Edmonton. Employment rates are high both for skilled and unskilled labour. A large proportion (31%) of Edmonton’s population comprises people between 25 and 45 years of age – in their prime working, consuming and spending years. With this age profile Edmonton can expect further outstanding economic growth.