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Inside Out:
News from around the horseshoe

By Bill Hutchins

Kingston will have to update its population signs and build a lot more housing supply to keep
up with the demand.

The number of people calling Kingston home had a significant increase from 2016 to 2021. In fact, the local population grew faster than the provincial and national averages, according to the latest figures
from Statistics Canada. Newly released data from
the 2021 census revealed Kingston’s total
population increased by 7 percent from 2016 to
2021, jumping from 123,798 to 132,485 residents during the five-year period.

The city’s growth rate is higher than the provincial average. Ontario’s population climbed to 14.2 million people over the same period, an increase of 5.8 percent from 2016. Canada’s entire population grew to nearly 37 million, an increase of 5.2 percent from the last census.

The local growth could be tied, in part, to the spillover affect caused by the two-year-long COVID-19 pandemic. Many experts say it has led to an exodus of residents from the big cities to settle in smaller urban centres. . . .

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