Greater Sudbury is the only major urban area in Northern Ontario expected to grow. That’s according to a consultant’s growth outlook report recently commissioned by that community for planning purposes. The report by Hemson Consulting Ltd. indicates Greater Sudbury could grow over the next 30 years by up to 15,000 people.
By contrast, it notes, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and North Bay have all either experienced no increase or a declining population since 2001. The 2016 national census showed North Bay’s population dropped 3.9 per cent from 2011, to 51,553 from 53,651.
In the North Bay area, however, the census data showed three outlying communities posted increases. South River saw its population rise to 1,114 from 1,049, Powassan climbed to 3,455 from 3,378, and West Nipissing increased to 14,364 from 14,149.
Hemson’s forecast for Greater Sudbury includes population, household and employment projections under three scenarios; “low, reference and high-growth.”
The projected population increase of 6,900 to 15,000 for Greater Sudbury over the next 30 years is under the reference and high-growth scenarios, which also call for 6,000 to 8,400 new households and 6,400 to 11,000 additional jobs.
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