Immigrants choose to settle in Canada’s largest cities

Immigrants are still choosing to start their lives in Canada in one of the “big three” -Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – but there are signs of changing times.

Among all the census metropolitan areas, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver again attracted most of Canada’s new immigrants, according to 2006 census data on immigration released Tuesday by Statistics Canada.

Of the 1.1 million immigrants who landed in Canada between 2001 and 2006, about 70 per cent settled in one of the “big three” and about 28 per cent headed for other urban areas. Only three per cent chose to settle in a rural area, the 2006 census found.

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