Data lens: Where in Canada do recent Calgarians come from?

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Uhaul trucks and trailers on Barlow Trail on Friday, March 25, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

The 2021 Canada Census has continued to provide details about how Calgary’s population is growing.

This week the City of Calgary released a data set of the cumulative count of inter-provincial migration to the city, covering the years from 2016 to 2020. A cumulative 141,539 people migrated to Alberta’s largest city over that period.

Albertans, unsurprisingly, continue to make up the majority of people moving to Calgary. More than 60,000 from across the province moved to Calgary over the 4 year period.

British Columbia and Ontario make up the next highest provinces, although both in the 22 to 26,000 range. From B.C., more than a third of all those moving to Calgary came from Vancouver—approximately 42 per cent, and 10,893 people.

More Winnipegers than Saskatooners came to live in Calgary, with 4,877 versus 4,032. However, more people from Saskatchewan moved to Calgary than people from Manitoba.

Nearly 7,000 Canadians from the Atlantic provinces moved to Calgary. Roughly the same number as Albertans who moved to the city from Okotoks and Red Deer.

Statistics Canada will be releasing data on international immigration from the 2020 Census in October of this year.

This map of Canada shows the routes and locations of Census Municipal Areas and Census Areas where Calgarians originated from. From 2016 to 2020, Statistics Canada recorded a cumulative 141,539 people moving to Calgary from within Canada. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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