North Bay is the No. 1 growth city in Canada, while British Columbia and New Brunswick are the leading growth provinces, according to U-Haul data analyzing 2020 migration trends.
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NORTH BAY — Large amounts of people moved to the northern Ontario municipality of North Bay in 2020. According to U-Haul company data that analyzed migration patterns from 2020, arrivals accounted for 57.5 per cent of all one-way U-Haul traffic to the area. Arrivals increased by 20 per cent, while departures rose by only three per cent year-over-year.
“People are packing up their U-Haul trucks and setting their sights on North Bay,” said Wayne Curtis, U-Haul Company of Central Ontario president. “The cost of living is low, and the Ottawa government is sending jobs in this direction. It’s no surprise North Bay is the No. 1 U-Haul Growth City in Canada.”
Other notable spikes in arrivals were seen in Belleville, Ont. (20 per cent), Barrie/Orillia, Ont. (22 per cent), Vancouver, B.C. (16 per cent), Chilliwack, B.C. (32 per cent), Abbotsford, B.C. (26 per cent), Lethbridge, AB (17 per cent) and Nanaimo/Coombs, B.C. (52 per cent).
North Vancouver, B.C., Kingston, Ont., Belleville, Ont., and the Barrie/Orillia corridor of Ontario round out the top five growth cities. British Columbia and New Brunswick are the leading growth provinces for do-it-yourself movers, according to a press release.
Ontario boasts 10 out of the top 15 cities, Quebec has six in the top 25 and British Columbia has five.
2020 U-HAUL CANADIAN GROWTH CITIES (Previous year’s rankings in parentheses).
|1.||NORTH BAY, ONT. (5)|
|2.||NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. (1)|
|4.||BELLEVILLE, ONT (25)|
|9.||CHATHAM, ONT. (10)|
|10.||SARNIA, ONT. (15)|
|12.||PETERBOROUGH, ONT. (18)|
|13.||ST. THOMAS, ONT. (3)|
|16.||QUEBEC CITY, QC|
|17.||SHERBROOKE, QC (6)|
|22.||TROIS RIVIERES, QC|
|25.||SAINT JOHN, NB|
Province growth trends
Nine of 10 provinces saw a net gain in U-Haul customers in 2020, with only Ontario having more DIY movers leave its borders.
This could be for a number of reasons as the carbon tax has increased already expensive electricity rates and Ontario has some of the most expensive cities to live in Canada — as well as the world. Although places like Toronto and Ottawa are expensive to live in — other cities like Sudbury or Windsor are some of the cheapest according to “Icy Canada.”
Other reasons could be the high case and death counts from COVID, — that is if you’re hyper COVID conscious and that was their reason for leaving — but let’s be real, even the death counts can’t be trusted.
On the flip side, people could be leaving due to the high lockdown measures placed upon Ontarians.
B.C. and New Brunswick share honours for top growth province, with each posting the same net gain in U-Haul trucks. B.C. built upon its 2019 growth with a 3.3 per cent increase in arrivals versus a 2.6 per cent increase in departures in 2020. New Brunswick, a net-loss province in 2019, saw 22.7 per cent more arrivals year-over-year compared to just 7.8 per cent more departures.
Nova Scotia boasts the largest year-over-year turnaround with a 4.4 per cent arrivals increase and a 1.7 per cent departures decrease compared to 2019 where the province ranked ninth — this year they rank fifth.
2020 PROVINCES RANKED BY MIGRATION GROWTH (Previous year’s rankings in parentheses).
|T1.||BRITISH COLUMBIA (2)|
|T1.||NEW BRUNSWICK (10)|
|5.||NOVA SCOTIA (9)|
|6.||NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR (5)|
|7.||PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (6)|
The press release also noted that while U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the Company’s growth data is an effective gauge of how well cities are attracting and maintaining residents.
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