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2021 Saw More Canadians Move to Alberta Than Any Other Province

According to the latest U-Haul’s Migration Report, more Canadians moved to Alberta than anywhere else in the country last year.

"Migration from densely populated urban areas to less crowded, more affordable outlying markets was a recurring theme last year in Canada, according to transactional data compiled for the annual U-Haul Growth Index," the report notes.

"Alberta benefitted the most from this pandemic-era trend in 2021, netting more one-way U-Haul truck customers than any other province. British Columbia ranks second for growth, followed by Ontario.

In 2021, Alberta saw a 33% increase in the arrival of one-way U-Haul trucks year-over-year, while departures rose just 29%. More than 50.8% of all U-Haul traffic in Alberta was inflow."

“There are initiatives in Alberta that are creating more job opportunities and attracting residents,” said Naga Chennamsetty, U-Haul Area District Vice President of Western Canada. “In the last year, we have seen lot of movement into Alberta. More communities are developing in and around major cities. Not only that, but the Canadian Rockies are so accessible to residents here, and they offer a variety of recreational activities. Alberta is one of best places to make a home.”

Of the top 25 Canadian Growth Cities in 2021, four are Alberta cities.

These are the other cities to make the list, with their ranking in parentheses:

  • Calgary (5)

  • Red Deer-Lacombe (8)

  • Medicine Hat-Redcliff (15)

  • Airdrie (24)

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