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How does this compare to population or labour force growth? Atlantic Canada lags behind Ontario in what you show here, but much of the region I believe has seen lagging population growth or even decline in some cases.

Have added an extra figure to the post for you Jim.

I find the comparison of job growth to population growth very interesting. KPMG has recently released a study comparing the cost of doing business across International and Canadian cities.

http://www.competitivealternatives.com/highlights/default.aspx

Comparing the North East United States and similar territory in Canada, Quebec City is the lowest cost metropolitan area to do business, followed by Ontario's Niagara region, Montreal and then Sudbury. Toronto is lower cost than Chicago.

Comparing Atlantic States and Provinces show Moncton, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax and St. John's NL as the least cost locations for business.

Within Canada Toronto is a lower cost centre than either Edmonton or Vancouver. I don't know why Ottawa and Calgary are missing from the data - those cities would have been interesting to look at.

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