Residents from across Canada are making the move to Greater Victoria – Saanich News



New data released Thursday shows people continue to move to Greater Victoria from other Canadian cities in similar proportions as they have in recent years.

Vancouver remains the top exporter of residents to B.C.’s Capital Region, according to Statistics Canada’s updated migration numbers for those coming from in and out of the province. The updated data applies to the period of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

Greater Victoria gained 3,481 people from Vancouver in that time frame. The next highest amounts came from British Columbia’s neighbour, with 1,185 and 941 people coming from Calgary and Edmonton, respectively.

Canada’s most populous city was, unsurprisingly, next on the list, as 886 came from Toronto. Outside of B.C., the Ottawa area and Montreal sent the next highest, with 482 and 306 people moving to Greater Victoria.

Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina were the only other cities from outside of B.C. to have more than 200 people move here.

Besides Vancouver, Kelowna continued to be the top mainland community to have its residents make the move to Greater Victoria, with 366 in 2019-2020.

As of July 1, 2021, about 72 per cent (27,465,137) of all Canadians lived in one of 35 census-defined metropolitan areas.

While the vast majority of urban areas in Ontario and Alberta saw net losses because of people moving to other provinces, centres in British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces were seeing net gains from interprovincial migration flows in 2021, according to Statistic Canada.

The four-year trend shows the number of people moving to Greater Victoria from respective cities across Canada is staying fairly constant year after year.

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