A visual look at how Canadians relocated during the pandemic


In the first months of the pandemic, there was a lot dialogue a couple of surge of Canadians who moved in pursuit of reasonably priced housing or more room. Now, newly launched census information paints a transparent image of simply how many moved in — and out — of cities throughout the nation and how many fled every province.

The newest launch of information from Statistics Canada exhibits near 89,000 folks moved away from Ontario to all corners of the nation between 2020 and 2021. Data exhibits 21,000 went west to British Columbia, whereas shut to a different 19,000 set their sights east to Quebec. 

This information additionally exhibits about 12,000 Ontarians went additional east to Nova Scotia, which launched an advert marketing campaign in early 2021 to entice these working from house. Census information exhibits about 23,000 moved to the Maritime province between 2020 and 2021.

Looking at cities, in Toronto — considered one of the epicentres of the nation’s housing crunch — extra folks moved out than in, making it the solely main Canadian metropolis to see a inhabitants drop between 2020 and 2021. 


Rural Alberta centres, together with Grand Prairie, Wood Buffalo (house to Fort McMurray) and Red Deer all noticed inhabitants loss to different cities.

But reasonably priced housing apparently is not the solely cause folks moved since Vancouver — the place the value of housing stays famously excessive — had a web improve of almost 38,000 residents. Ottawa and Calgary additionally noticed notable inhabitants bumps in the first yr of the pandemic.


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