On a net basis, then, Alberta gained 3,136 people from other parts of the country.
During the boom years of 2006-07, Alberta was the clear winner in terms of inter-provincial in-migration. In the third quarter of 2006, it reached a crescendo with nearly 17,000 people (on a net basis) moving into the province. During the recession of 2008-09, inter-provincial migration dropped off significantly. Indeed, more people left Alberta than moved to the province over the second half of 2009. It was a reflection of a darkening job situation in Alberta.
With the up-tick in activity and the jobs market in 2010 and 2011, inter-provincial in-migration has once again turned positive for Alberta. The rate of in-migration this year has been at a good rate – enough to provide workers for the many employers already looking for skilled workers, but not at the break-neck speed that puts excessive strains on then housing and rental accommodation market.