More immigrants choosing smaller towns: CIC

Newcomers overcome wage disparity faster in smaller communities
||Last Updated: 09/08/2008

While the majority of immigrants traditionally choose to settle in Canada's three largest cities, more and more immigrants are choosing smaller, rural communities, according to figures released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

A breakdown of where permanent residents have chosen to settle over the past decade, found that while Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver still attract the most immigrants, their numbers are declining. In 2007, 12 per cent fewer immigrants choose to settle in Toronto compared to 2006 and nine per cent fewer chose to settle in Vancouver. Only Montreal saw a slight, one-per-cent increase in the number of immigrants choosing to settle in that city in 2007 compared to 2006.

On the other hand, smaller communities such as Charlottetown, Moncton, N.B., Oshawa, Ont., Saskatoon, Sask., and Red Deer, Alta., have all seen increases in the number of immigrants.