So, where did they go? Probably BC or Nova Scotia, the two provinces that saw the highest number of Canadians moving there.
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BC saw more than 15,000 Canadians move to the province, while Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 5,000 new Canadians.
It seems like people are moving all over, as 123,000 Canadians packed up and moved to a new province in the second quarter of 2021.
That’s the highest number of Canadians to move provinces since the third quarter of 1991, according to the Remax report.
While Ontario holds the lead for the most people vacating the province, Alberta came in second place with almost 5,500 Albertans moving to new provinces.
Despite all this moving around, and Ontarians trying to fill up other provinces, population growth in the country remains down.
Statistics Canada estimates that population growth was just 0.5% from 2020 to 2021. In the 2019-2020 period, population growth in the country was 1.2%. According to Remax, this decline in population growth can be attributed to COVID-19-related deaths, pandemic restrictions, and fewer international newcomers.