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New Brunswick: Challenges & Opportunities  Student Centre

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Here are some Web sites to help you with your research.

Web Activity

Here is an activity to help you gather information from one of the Web sites:

?_Geography What Do the Numbers Mean?



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Hampton: A Rural Community in New Brunswick

Preserving rural communities and their way of life is one challenge facing New Brunswick. Here you will learn about one of New Brunswick's rural communities: the town of Hampton.

New Brunswick Population Projections

Looking ahead to the future is an important job for the government of a province. On this site, you can see how people have used information about the present to estimate what the population of New Brunswick will be like in the future.





Web Activity

?_Geography What Do the Numbers Mean?

1. Visit New Brunswick's Department of Finance to learn about population

     projections for the province. Population projections are estimates of what the

     population of an area will be at a specific time in the future.

2. Look at the first chart on the Web page.

    The first column lists the year.

    The second column lists the total population of the province.

    The rest of the columns list the population for specific age groups.

3. Gather the following information from the chart. Click here to download a

    worksheet on which to record your answers.

a. Which age group had the largest population in the

    year 2000?

b. In which year will the province's total population be 


c. Which age group shows a population increase for

    each of the years on the chart?

d. For which age group does the population decrease

    the most between 2000 and 2025?

e. Which age group makes up most of the population in

    each of the following years: 2000? 2015? 2025?

f. Which age group shows the largest increase between

   2000 and 2025?


4. You may have heard people say that Canada has an "aging population." This

    means that, as time goes by, there will be fewer young people and more older

    people. Work in a small group to discuss and write responses to these questions:

a. Do the population projections on the chart suggest

    that New Brunswick has an aging population? Give

    reasons for your answer.

b. One of the services that the provincial government  

    provides to citizens is health care. Why might an 

    aging population mean that the government will face

    challenges related to providing health care?