Population Project

Newfoundland and Labrador has the most rapidly aging population in the country – combined with youth out-migration, declining birth rates, and an increasing number of people moving from rural parts of the province to more urban centres, the province is facing an unprecedented population challenge. Without intervention, this trend will have a drastic impact on the economy, governance, and overall quality of life for the people living in the province. Planning for this change and developing strategies to adjust and adapt to the change is paramount.

The Harris Centre’s Population Project will use expertise from both inside and outside the university to explore the implications of the demographic changes projected for the next 20 years. The research reports generated and public discussion of them are intended to help inform and contribute to government policy as well as to strategies that private and non-profit sectors will need to develop to respond to the broad range of issues related to health, governance, transportation, housing, etc., resulting from the population shift.

Completed Research

  • Regional Population Projections for Labrador and the Northern Peninsula 2016-2036, Alvin Simms and Jamie Ward, RAnLab, Memorial University  (Available July 14th, 2016)

Research in Progress

  • Attracting and Retaining Professionals in Labrador (Dr. Delores Mullings, School of Social Work)
  • Public Service Delivery in Labrador (Dr. Tony Fang, Department of Economics)
  • Temporary Foreign Workers in Labrador (Dr. Tony Fang, Department of Economics)


Contact the Population Project:

For more information on the Population Project contact:

Keith Storey PhD
Director, Population Project
Harris Centre
220 Prince Philip Drive
Memorial University of Newfoundland




The Harris Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000