The greater Montreal area and that of Toronto experienced an unprecedented number of departures of citizens moving a little further in 2019-2020, Statistics Canada revealed on Thursday.
From July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020, these migratory losses reached a record 24,880 for the Montreal region, which notably includes the island of Montreal, Laval, the South Shore and the North Shore, against 50,375 for the Toronto region.
This therefore explains the high rate of demographic growth in municipalities located near greater Montreal such as Farnham (+ 5.2%) and Saint-Hippolyte (+ 4.1%).
Within the greater Montreal region, the exodus to the suburbs has intensified according to Statistics Canada, which cites the example of Mirabel, whose population has increased by 3.6% in twelve months.
Despite this bleeding, the Montreal region has nevertheless experienced a total increase in its population of 0.7% from July 2019 to July 2020. It is international migration that is responsible for this increase. However, this increase is much less than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has significantly slowed the influx of foreigners into the country.
“Net international migration decreased by more than 23,000 compared to 2018-2019, going from 72,827 to 49,729. This reduction greatly exceeds the number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in the greater Montreal area, even if this region recorded the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths nationally during the first wave of the pandemic, ”Statistics Canada said Thursday.
Due to the slowdown in immigration, population growth has been less pronounced in the country’s large urban areas. The increase was 1.3% in 2019-2020 compared to 1.7% in 2018-2019.