Thousands of Canadians left their provinces in the first quarter of this year to move British Columbia. Of the 5,000 that made the move, over half of them were from Alberta.
Despite a major downturn in our province, Jack Jedwab, President of the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration says our economy isn’t solely to blame for the migration.
“This isn’t only rooting in a real economic situation, it’s also rooted in what people’s perceptions are and where people are being lured by where people think things are hot or not.”
While these numbers are nowhere near historic, Jedwab says they do contradict what’s happened in Alberta over the last two decades.
“We’ll have to wait another couple of quarters to see if this mini trend becomes a really strong trend but, clearly, it’s the province of British Columbia that’s benefitting most from this migration.”
Jedwab says the hot real estate market in Vancouver can create the perception that there are a lot of job opportunities in the city. (kb/newstalk770)