Canadians moving to smaller communities in a pandemic: StatsCan

Canadians continue to leave the center of the big city in the midst of a pandemic and instead choose to live in a small community near the big city. New report From Statistics Canada.

“A record number of people have chosen to move out of the largest CMA [census metropolitan areas]”The report released by StatCan’s Demographic Center on January 13th said.

According to the report, the largest net losses occurred in Toronto and Montreal, with 64,121 leaving Toronto and 39,904 migrating from Montreal and settling in other parts of their respective states.

For the three fastest-growing communities of Carleton Place, Ontario, Cowansville, Ontario, and Wasaga Beach, Ontario, StatCan is a major contributor to their growth, “the influx of immigrants from elsewhere in the corresponding state.” Said that.

According to StatCan, the 15 communities with the highest population growth rates in the past year are:

  1. Carleton Place, Ontario. (3.8%)
  2. Cowansville, Que. (3.7%)
  3. Wasaga Beach, Ontario. (3.5%)
  4. Woodstock, Ontario (3.1%)
  5. Lachute, Que. (2.9%)
  6. Collingwood, Ontario. (2.9%)
  7. Squamish, British Columbia (2.5 percent)
  8. Whitehorse, Yukon (2.4%)
  9. Arnprior, Ontario. (2.3%)
  10. Center Wellington, Ontario. (2.2%)
  11. Saraberi-de-Valleyfield, Que. (2.1%)
  12. Summerside, PEI (2.0%)
  13. Granby, Que. (2.0%)
  14. Kentville, Nova Scotia (2.0%)
  15. Joliet, Que. (1.8%)

According to StatCan, the COVID-19 pandemic’s one-year sub-provincial migration data “is accelerating migration from metropolitan centers, and its continued growth is largely supported by international migration. It shows that.

According to another report released by StatCan last year, personal health, the ability to work in remote areas, and high urban home prices were the main factors that made Canadians leave the big cities.

Matthew Truman


Matthew Trueman is a freelance reporter and translator based in Toronto.