Census 2016's odd man out: Alberta Canada's only majority male province
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Census 2016's odd man out: Alberta Canada's only majority male province

Since Connor Braun moved from B.C. to Alberta for work on the railway, nearly every member of his crew has been male.

"We actually just got our first female journeyman here, and I've been working for about three years," said Braun, on a break from class at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) where he's an apprentice electrician. "Before that, I hadn't heard of any female apprentices or journeymen."

Braun and others who moved to Alberta for work in the past few years helped contribute to an oddity in Canada's 2016 census: the province is the only one with more men than women.

According to census data recently released by Statistics Canada, Alberta's population was 50.14 per cent male, with 11,655 more men than women — a number smaller than the population of Wetaskiwin and just a sliver of the province's overall population of four million.

But for people who study demographics, the province is an outlier and, barring drastic change in the economy, Alberta will continue to buck the national trend.

"That's been a really long-standing pattern," said Jennifer Hansen, manager of demography and statistics with the Alberta Treasury Board. "It's the only (province) — everyone else has more females than males."

Part of the reason is Alberta's young population. Women in general live longer than men, and the gender gap widens after age 65. By age 100, the gap is especially stark: Alberta had 535 women 100 years or older in 2016, compared to just 115 men.

In 2016, Alberta had the smallest proportion of seniors of any Canadian province at just 12.3 per cent. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick tied for oldest with 19.9 per cent over 65, and were among the provinces that skewed most heavily female.

The other factor is Alberta's trades-centric economy. Jobs in the trades attracted thousands of male migrants from other parts of Canada during oil-and-gas booms. International immigration plays a larger role in other provinces' population growth and tends to bring in an equal number of men and women.

Dave Landry, an apprentice electrician at NAIT, was one of those recent migrants. He moved from Ontario for oilfield work, where "99.5" per cent of his coworkers were men. Since the downturn he's started training to do electrical work in the city.

"I started in the oilfield, and when that went down I got into electrical," he said.

Alberta isn't attracting people like it once was, but so far the male majority trend has survived the downturn.

Even as the baby-boom generation reaches old age and men begin to drop off, population projections don't foresee women outnumbering men any time between now and 2041.

Hansen said this all depends on steady rates of migration, but the trend should persist even under low economic growth scenarios.

"I don't know that (we're) going to see a real sharp tip into a pattern similar to the rest of the country, because we don't have any indication Alberta would stop being attractive to migrants," she said.

jwakefield@postmedia.com

source : Calgary SUN
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