The Star published some interesting stats on immigration settlement in the GTA today.
According to a new study by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Central Toronto has suffered a net loss of 22 percent of new immigrants moving to the suburbs.
The report shows immigrants to the Greater Toronto Area are increasingly choosing the 905 regions as their destination over Toronto. Even those initially settling in the city are then moving on to the suburbs.
The study, conducted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, compared how newcomers who have been in the country for five years or more and living in the suburbs fared against their counterparts in the city.
It found those living outside big cities were less likely to be living off social assistance, less likely to be unemployed, twice as likely to have a university degree and more likely to own homes.
So the best and the brightest are moving away, while the strugglers are left to scrounge for whatever assistance they can get in the already overburdened downtown. Complications abound:
The suburbanization trends, partially a result of Ottawa's push to spread immigrants evenly across the country, have led to a lose-lose situation for large and small communities alike: While big cities are finding it harder to meet their labour needs with the exodus of well-educated and highly skilled immigrants, their smaller counterparts struggle to accommodate the influx.
There'll always be migratory trends. The question is, why is this happening, and what does it all mean?
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