How Chilliwack became BC’s favourite destination for in-province movers

Every year Vancouver loses more than 10,000 residents to other BC communities. Many are heading to the Fraser Valley.

By Tyler Olsen | January 16, 2023 |5:00 am

Chilliwack continues to suck up huge numbers of residents from other British Columbia communities—especially Vancouver.

Indeed, no other BC city—and only one other place in western Canada (Edmonton)—gained more people among in-province migrants between the summers of 2021 and 2022, new figures from Statistics Canada show.

The Abbotsford-Mission area also grew considerably thanks to migration, but gains in those cities were limited by people leaving—often to their western neighbour.

Today, we have a special data visualization looking at how BC communities stack up as people across the country and the world choose whether—and where—to move. Scroll down to see.

Here are some highlights:

In-province migration
  • Most net arrivals from other BC communities: Chilliwack
  • Most net departures to other BC cities: Vancouver
Cross-province migration
  • Most net arrivals from other parts of Canada: Vancouver
  • Most net departures to other Canadian communities: Prince George
Immigration, births, and deaths
  • Most immigrant arrivals: Vancouver
  • Most births, compared to deaths: Fort St. John
  • Most deaths, compared to births: Parksville

A magnet for in-province migrants


Tyler Olsen

Managing Editor at Fraser Valley Current

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