Why immigrants now shun Ontario

Ontario was once a magnet for immigrants as well as Canadians from other provinces seeking greater economic opportunity.

People came to Ontario for its good jobs and high incomes. In return, Ontario benefitted from the skills, knowledge and productive energy of newcomers.

In recent years, all this has changed.

Thanks to misguided government policies and a sluggish economy, Ontario now attracts a much smaller share of immigrants to Canada than was the case just over a decade ago.

What’s more, substantially more people now leave Ontario for other provinces each year than come here from other parts of Canada.