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The city of Montreal saw a record-high population loss in 2020

The city of Montreal saw a record-high population loss in 2020
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New population estimates from Statistics Canada break down the country's population and it seems the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major change in where most Canadians prefer to live.

According to the yearly report, the CMAs of Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver continued to see more people moving out to other regions of their province rather than moving in. From July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020, the CMAs of Toronto and Montréal each posted a record-high population loss, with 50, 375 people moving out of Toronto and 24, 800 people leaving Montreal.

Here is the list of the communities with the highest population growth: 

Oshawa: 2.1%

Halifax: 2%

Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge: 2%

Kelowna: 1.9%

Calgary: 1.9%

Saskatoon: 1.9%

Moncton: 1.8%

Edmonton: 1.8%

Barrie: 1.8%

Belleville: 1.6%

Ottawa-Gatineau: 1.6%

London: 1.6%

Lethbridge: 1.5%

Trois-Rivières: 1.5%

Guelph: 1.5%

Sherbrooke: 1.5%


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