More people moving to Alberta: StatsCan

B.C. and Ontario second and third most popular provinces

Alberta is still the most popular province in Canada according to new migration data from Statistics Canada. From July 2005 to July 2006, the oil-rich western province had a net migration rate of 20.3 people for every 1,000 residents.

British Columbia was a distant second with a net migration rate of 12.3 people and Ontario was third with a rate of 9.6 people. These rankings were the same in the 2004-2005 data.

The data looks at people who moved into or out of the country as well as those who moved from one city to another and from on province to another.

Calgary had the highest net inflow with a rate of 21.5 migrants for every 1,000 residents, followed by Edmonton with a net inflow of 21 migrants and Toronto with a net inflow of 17.3 migrants.

In absolute terms, Toronto had the highest net migration with 91,909 more people moving into the city than moving out. Vancouver ranked second with a net migration of 36,321 and Calgary was third with 22,961.

For Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal (the cities with the highest absolute net migration), the number of migrants was highest in the 25 to 44 age group.

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