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Canada: urban population growth decreases but surpasses that of other regions

OTTAWA – Population growth in Canada’s large urban areas is slowing, but still surpasses that recorded in other regions, according to population estimates released Thursday by Statistics Canada.

In most of these urban areas, population growth from July 1, 2019 to July 1, was 1.3% compared to 1.7% the previous year. From 2019 to last year, meanwhile, other regions posted weaker population growth of 0.6%.

The federal agency reports that as of July 1, 27.3 million people, or 71.8% of Canadians, lived in urban areas.

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Nonetheless, the federal agency noted that despite positive population growth, the Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver areas continued to see more people moving to other areas of their province than doing the reverse.

In fact, from July 1, 2019 to July 1, these migratory losses reached the highest levels ever recorded for Toronto, with 50,375 fewer residents, and Montreal, with 24,880 fewer residents.

Statistics Canada has observed that the desire to live outside of larger urban centers has also translated into rapidly rising housing costs in neighboring real estate markets, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

On the other hand, the excess mortality attributable to COVID-19 has had a limited impact on slowing population growth in urban centers, despite the fact that they were and remain the epicenters of the pandemic.

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