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These are the fastest growing communities in Canada

New demographics from Statistics Canada show that Canadians continue to move away from large urban centers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, choosing instead to live in smaller communities located near large cities.

The new report, released Thursday, found that Carleton Place, Ont., Which is about 46 kilometers outside of Ottawa, saw its population increase by nearly four percent last year, making it makes the fastest growing community in Canada.

According to StatCan, Cowansville in Quebec came in second with a growth rate of 3.7 percent, followed by Wasaga Beach in Ontario at 3.7 percent, then Woodstock, Ontario, which saw its population increase by 3.1 percent.

The report combined areas considered to be a census agglomeration (CA) – with a core population of at least 10,000 – and census metropolitan areas (CMAs), which have a total population of at least 100,000, of which 50,000 or more live in the nucleus.

Overall, the number of Canadians living in rural areas increased 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, with Ontario and Quebec registering the highest number of city dwellers moving to rural areas in their respective provinces. since at least 2001.

The report found that Ontario and Alberta recorded the highest number of residents who moved to other provinces except the Ottawa-Gatineau area and the city of Lethbridge.

“These estimates, the first to give us an overview at the subprovincial level for an entire year of the COVID-19 pandemic, speak of a trend of accelerating migration from large urban centers, leaving their continued growth largely supported by international migration, ”StatCan said in the report.

Population growth in urban areas – large and small – has slowed for the second year in a row, according to StatCan.

According to the report, a record number of people have chosen to relocate outside some of Canada’s largest CMAs, with Toronto and Montreal recording the largest net losses in migration exchanges with other regions in their respective provinces since at least 2001.

StatCan says personal health, the ability to work remotely and higher housing costs are among the “most important factors” contributing to the decision of many Canadians to no longer continue living in large urban centers.

The report says permanent immigrants to Canada accounted for the majority of the population growth seen between July 2020 and July 2021, while losses of non-permanent residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic helped “dramatically reduce growth.” .

According to Statistics Canada, the communities with the highest population growth rates in the past year are:

  • Carleton Place, Ont. (3.8 percent)

  • Cowansville, Que. (3.7%)

  • Wasaga Beach, Ont. (3.5%)

  • Woodstock, Ont. (3.1%)

  • Lachute, Quebec. (2.9%)

  • Collingwood, Ont. (2.9%)

  • Kelowna, BC (2.6%)

  • Squamish, BC (2.5%)

  • Whitehorse, Yukon (2.4%)

  • Arnprior, Ont. (2.3 percent)

  • Oshawa, Ont. (2.3 percent)

  • Wellington Center, Ont. (2.2%)

  • Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que. (2.1%)

  • Halifax, NS (2.1%)

  • Summerside, PEI (2%)

  • Moncton, NB (2 percent)