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December 23, 2009

Province Records Highest Third Quarter Population Increase Since 1982

Newfoundland and Labrador continues to see an upward trend in population growth.
According to figures released today by Statistics Canada, from July 1, 2009, to October 1, 2009, the province�s population increased by 1,347 people, representing the highest increase for a third quarter since 1982.

�It is wonderful to see more people coming back to our great province,� said the Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance. �The population increased as a result of both positive net in-migration and a small natural increase. This is the fifth consecutive quarter we have seen positive net in-migration.�

As of October 1, 2009, the population of Newfoundland and Labrador was 510,272, an increase of 0.26 per cent from the previous quarter. Net gains were once again recorded in inter-provincial and international migrants.

�More people moving to Newfoundland and Labrador represents a further sign of confidence in our economy, way of life and the plan the Williams Government has put in place to continue along a path of stability and prosperity,� said Minister Marshall. �More people from all over the world want to live and work here. Those who are from here and moved away are now coming back. We are proud to welcome those who have decided this is where they want to be.�

The Provincial Government has made strategic investments in programs and services that further enhance the lives of all residents living in the province. In Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the province bolstered infrastructure spending to approximately $800 million for unprecedented investments in roads, hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, ferries and waterbombers.

Since 2007, the Williams Government has put $776 million directly back into the pockets of taxpayers through reductions in personal income tax; enhancement of the seniors� benefit; removal of more businesses from the payroll tax rolls; the reduction of motor vehicle registration fees and ferry rates; and the elimination of the 15 per cent tax on insurance. The province has also invested significantly in healthcare, education and the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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Media contact:
Ronalda Walsh
Director of Communications
Department of Finance
709-729-6830, 685-1741 

2009 12 23                                                    4:25 p.m.

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