Ontario Real Estate Association

Ontario Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration

Positive international immigration overshadowed losses from inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 33,155 people to Ontario’s population in the first quarter of 2021. The province has now experienced two consecutive quarters of positive net growth after experiencing significant declines in the second and third quarter of 2020.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 15,997 people moved to Ontario from other provinces in the first quarter of 2021. This was down 6.3% from a year earlier. Fewer people came to Ontario from British Columbia and Nova Scotia compared to a year earlier.

A total of 21,626 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the first quarter, an increase of 13% from the same period in 2020. More people leaving for British Columbia and Quebec accounted for most of this decline.

The result was a net loss of 5,629 people from Ontario’s population in the first quarter.

Changes in population from immigration

International immigration added 38,784 people to Ontario’s population in the first quarter of 2021. This was an increase of 15.1% from the same period in 2020.