A growing share of recent immigrants chose to settle in both Alberta and Manitoba during the past five years, according to the 2006 Census. But the share of recent immigrants in Saskatchewan was relatively unchanged from the last census.
About 9.3%, or 103,700, of the 1.1 million new immigrants who came to Canada between 2001 and 2006 settled in Alberta. This was an increase from the last census in 2001, when 6.9% of newcomers settled there.
Similarly, an estimated 31,200 newcomers settled in Manitoba, about 2.8% of the total recent immigrants. This was higher than the estimated 17,500, or 1.8% of newcomers in 2001.
In Alberta, the census enumerated a total of 527,000 foreign-born individuals, who represented 16.2% of its population. This proportion was the third-highest in Canada, after Ontario and British Columbia.
In Manitoba, 151,200 people were born outside Canada, 13.3% of the province's population. This was the fourth-highest proportion in Canada.