The migration of population in and out of the Maritime Provinces has been a central concern during much of the last two centuries. We think that achieving a deeper understanding of migration dynamics will require much finer data and greater contextuality than currently available. In the medium-term, our geo-genealogy project will start generating this data. In the meantime, we are not without any resources.
We have taken scans of a table of the populations for towns and urban centres in Atlantic Canada for the census decades, 1871-1991. While the aggregate population numbers at a provincial or national level are readily available, it is harder to root out the numbers at the local levels.
We intend to transcribe the table and format it as a database, but are making it available now for review and analysis: Atlantic Urban Population (3.91MB).