Alberta’s capital is gaining more than it’s losing when it comes to attracting people from other Canadian cities in the last five years, according to a Statistics Canada study released yesterday.
However, more Edmontonians moved to Calgary in the last five years than those who made the trek north up the Queen Elizabeth II Highway in moving vans, says Statistics Canada.
"These numbers are exciting and challenging," said Coun. Don Iveson.
"We need people for our extraordinary economy, but it’s challenging because we need places for them to live."
Iveson says Calgary’s transit system and its ability to accommodate growth are the main reasons why more than 12,380 people moved there from Edmonton in the last five years.
More than 10,000 people moved to Edmonton from Calgary in the last five years, according to StatsCan figures. Cities that lost the most people include Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and Vancouver.
Other than Calgary, cities that gained people from Edmonton rather than lost include Kelowna and Victoria.