Stats Canada: More and more Canadians are leaving the urban jungle

Lack of affordable housing seen as one of the reasons

The number of Canadians seeking greener pastures has soared in the past year.

A Statistics Canada report found a record number of people in Toronto and Montreal fled the rat race between July 2019 and July 2020, as they sought out more affordable housing in smaller towns, bedroom communities and rural areas.

Toronto lost more than 50,000 people over that 12-month span, despite an increase in population growth because of international migration.

Of Canada’s top 35 metropolitan areas, Oshawa led the way in new growth at 2.1 per cent, followed closely by Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and Halifax.

Barrie was sandwiched in the middle with a growth rate of 1.8 per cent during that timeframe, tied with Edmonton and Moncton.

Experts say the pandemic has sped up the rush for the exits from the city to suburban life as more people work from home and young people seek out a place where housing is more affordable.

Details here: Statistics Canada