Canadian immigrants most likely to stay in Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton

Statistics Canada’s study on immigrant mobility names Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton as the cities with the best immigrant retention.

Studying where immigrants prefer to stay is important in developing policies that attract newcomers to a particular area.

Through mobility data, we learn what sorts of places immigrants find attractive, and what factors play into their decision of whether to stay or leave.

Statistics Canada recently came out with a study, on which cities and provinces immigrants have stayed in the longest. Researchers used tax file data from the 2020 Longitudinal Immigration Database, which is often used to track the economic outcomes of Canadian immigrants. They mainly examined immigrants who came to Canada in 2014 for this study.