Know the province with the highest net loss due to interprovincial migration in Canada

Know the province with the highest net loss due to interprovincial migration in Canada

Ontario’s net interprovincial flows have never been this negative. Canada-wide interprovincial migration data from Statistics Canada shows that a total of 146,097 migrants moved to a different province in Q2 2022. Also, the data shows that Ontario was the province that saw the highest losses to interprovincial migration.

Interprovincial migration represents movements from one province or territory to another, involving a change in the usual place of residence. Net flows are inflows minus outflows, with negative meaning more people are leaving than arriving.

The province of Ontario saw over 49,000 people leave for another province in Q2 2022. Moreover, its net flow was around -21,000 people. According to Statistics Canada, Ontario had the largest net loss from interprovincial migration in any quarter since at least 1971. These numbers are a little alarming considering that Ontario has nearly 400,000 jobs that continue to go unfilled.

Data from April to June 2022 also reflect that the most preferred province was Alberta adding a net of +9,857 people from other provinces. It is important to mention that in August of this year, the province of Alberta launched a new campaign in the Toronto and Vancouver markets to attract talented professionals.

Further, after Alberta, the provinces that registered the most positive numbers of net migration were the following:

  • Nova Scotia,
  • British Columbia, and
  • New Brunswick.

It’s worth noting that these three of these provinces are much more affordable than Ontario.

Canada-wide interprovincial migration data: Q2 2022

Incoming Migrants
(Already In Canada)
Outgoing Migrants
(Already In Canada)
Net Change in Q2 2022
Nova Scotia11,6465,487+6,159
British Columbia29,34725,053+4,294
New Brunswick8,5004,272+4,228
Newfoundland and Labrador3,7002,400+1,300
Prince Edward Island2,3661,611+755
Northwest Territories7891,033-244

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