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B.C. residents are moving to Alberta more than ever

Company shares moving data between the two provinces.
Long-haul moving demand grew by 47 per cent in 2020 and another 44 per cent in 2021, stated moving company Two Small Men with Big Hearts.

A moving company says B.C. residents are leaving for Alberta.

Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving says from 2019 to 2020, B.C. residents were moving to Alberta at half the rate of those relocating in the opposite direction.

According to its data, this trend continued into 2021 but hit a pivotal shift in the fourth quarter of the year, where numbers seemed to even out, with equal numbers moving between the two provinces.

This was significantly reversed over the next three years, with the ratio of customers moving from B.C. to Alberta hitting 1.57 to 1 by 2022, which has now increased to 1.81, nearly double.

"Long-haul moving demand grew by 47 per cent in 2020 and another 44 per cent in 2021. Even as the market slowed, interprovincial moving between B.C. and Alberta continued to grow by 21 per cent in 2022 and 23 per cent in 2023," said the moving company in an email.

These trends highlight several underlying factors, including economic opportunities, lifestyle changes, and housing affordability.

Alberta's appeal is growing due to its favourable cost of living, booming job market, and attractive quality of life. Conversely, B.C.’s high cost of living might be pushing residents to seek more affordable conditions in Alberta.

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