We looked at over 1450 moves in 2020 to create this report on where Canadians are moving. The overwhelming trend was people leaving densely populated cities for lesser-known and lesser-populated cities. This report looks at what provinces and cities saw the biggest growth (in recorded moves) and which saw the most moves out of their respective areas.

 

Provinces

Most Inbound Moves 

Province% of Total Inbound Moves
1. British Columbia31.4%
2. Ontario25.5%
3. Alberta14.3%
4. Quebec5.6%
5. Manitoba4.9%
6. New Brunswick3.4%
7. Saskatchewan2.5%
8. PEI1.2%
9. Northwest Territories0.1%
10. USA0.1%

Most Outbound Moves

Province% of Total Outbound Moves
1. Ontario34.6%
2. British Columbia28.3%
3. Alberta15.4%
4. Manitoba7.4%
5. Quebec3.9%
6. Saskatchewan2.8%
7. Nova Scotia1.5%
8. New Brunswick0.2%
9. PEI0.1%

Provinces with the Highest Gain (Moves in minus moves out)

Province+/- of All Moves
1. Nova Scotia+54
2. New Brunswick+46
3. British Columbia+45
4. Quebec+25
5. PEI+18
6 (T). Northwest Territories+1
6 (T). Newfoundland and Labrador+1
8. Saskatchewan-4
9. PEI+2
10. Alberta-16
11. Manitoba-37
12. Ontario-132

Cities

Cities With The Most Inbound Moves

City% of All Moves
1. Toronto, ON2.9%
2. Vancouver, BC2.6%
3. Calgary, AB2.0%
4. Edmonton, AB1.8%
5. Victoria, BC1.5%
6. Ottawa, ON1.3%
7. Winnipeg, MB1.2%
8. Kelowna, BC0.9%
9 (T). Montreal, QC0.7%
9 (T). Surrey, BC0.7%
11. Halifax, NS.06%
12 (T). Coquitlam, BC0.5%
12 (T). Saskatoon, SK0.5%
14 (T). Burnaby, BC0.4%
14 (T). London, ON0.4%

Cities With The Most Outbound Moves

City% of Outbound Moves
1. Toronto, ON12.9%
2. Vancouver, BC9.3%
3. Edmonton, AB8.4%
4. Winnipeg, MB7.0%
5. Ottawa, ON5.6%
6. Calgary, AB4.7%
7. Surrey, BC3.8%
8. Victoria, BC2.3%
9. Montreal2.2%
10. Burnaby, BC2.0%
11. London, ON1.5%
12. Regina, SK1.4%
13(T).  Oakville, ON1.3%
13(T). Hamilton, ON1.3%
15. Coquitlam, BC1.2%

Cities With the Highest Net Gain of Moves (+/-)

City+/- of All Moves
1. Kelowna, BC+19
1. Moncton, NB+7
3. Sooke, BC+5
4 (T). Thunder Bay, ON+4
4 (T). Okotoks, AB+4
4 (T). Sault Ste. Marie, ON+4
4 (T). Qualicum Beach, BC+4
8(T). Fredericton, NB+3
8(T). Montreal, QC+3
8 (T). St. Albert, AB+3

Cities with the Biggest Net Loss 

City+/- of All Moves
1. Toronto, ON-426
2. Vancouver, BC-287
3. Edmonton, AB-280
4. Winnipeg, MB-245
5. Ottawa, ON-182
6. Surrey, BC-131
7. Calgary, AB-117
8. Burnaby, BC-66
9. Montreal, QC-62
10. Regina, SK-58

The data shows that people were eager to get out of big cities in 2020, opting to move to much lesser populated cities. 

 

For the full data set, head here.