While external immigration has been a policy decision of the Government of Canada, internal migration is affected by a lot of other factors. According to LinkedIn News, Canadians are choosing to move to two distinct corners in the east and the west thanks largely to possibility of working remotely.
In Migration’s new map: Canadians flock to Vancouver and Halifax in pandemic shakeup, the report states that Greater Halifax in Nova Scotia became the top gainer of internal migrants with 39 percent increase in the inflow-outflow ratio of residents since the pandemic began.
Nova Scotia’s pandemic response was applauded across Canada bringing in huge positive response towards the province. “While big cities like Montreal and Toronto were hit hard by an influx of cases and spent much of the year in lockdown, Halifax and the broader Atlantic region has fared relatively well.”
Add to that the quality-of-life Nova Scotia offers along with low-cost-of-living. Its proximity to nature, with sandy beaches and coastal cliffs, and moderate climate is attracting many. Given that Halifax is a relatively cheap place to live and work, with growth in areas such as professional services, IT, finance and life sciences is making it attractive for many living in inner Canadian cities such as Toronto, GTA and Montreal.
Second to Halifax and surrounding, Vancouver has seen a 10.5% rise in the inflow-outflow ratio of residents since April 2020, the LinkedIn’s inaugural Workforce Report for Canada finds, meaning thousands more Canadians have been moving to the area than leaving it compared to pre-pandemic trends.
“By contrast, the metro areas in and around Montreal (-21%), Greater Toronto (-12.2%) and nearby Hamilton (-18.9%) and London (-7.8%), Ontario have seen more of an exodus of residents over that period, compared to before April 2020,” the report states.
Despite being the most expensive city in Canada, Vancouver continues to draw people who are looking for work-life balance from other parts of the country for its mild coastal climate, natural beauty etc.
With vaccination reaching its goal and pandemic restrictions lifting, job-market is on the rebound “to levels slightly above where it was before the pandemic,” LinkedIn data suggests.
According to the report, the National Hiring Rate in Canada in May 2021 was 8.7% higher than it was in May 2019, and up 124% from where it sat in May 2020, at the height of coronavirus-related closures and hiring freezes that took huge chunks of the economy offline.
Old jobs are coming back, and new jobs are opening in healthcare, software and IT as well as wellness and fitness industry, and real estate.
This is all good news for all new immigrants who will be coming to the country as it opens its external immigration programs slowly. Canada is planning to welcome more than 1.2 million newcomers between 2021 and 2023, averaging over 400,000 new immigrants each year. The Government of Canada has been consistently opening pathways for people already in the country to help them earn the permanent resident status.