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Alberta drawing most U-Haul movers

January 11, 2022



Alberta welcomed more one-way U-Haul truck customers than any other province in 2021, according to data compiled for the annual U-Haul Growth Index.
British Columbia ranks second for growth, followed by Ontario.
In 2021, Alberta saw a 33 per cent increase in the arrival of one-way U-Haul trucks year-over-year, while departures rose just 29 per cent. More than 50 per cent of all U-Haul traffic in Alberta was inflow.
“There are initiatives in Alberta that are creating more job opportunities and attracting residents,” said Naga Chennamsetty, U-Haul area district vice-president of Western Canada. “In the last year, we have seen lot of movement into Alberta. More communities are developing in and around major cities. Not only that, but the Canadian Rockies are so accessible to residents here, and they offer a variety of recreational activities. Alberta is one of best places to make a home.”
Calgary is the top landing spot for do-it-yourself movers coming to Alberta, but smaller markets like Red Deer-Lacombe, Medicine Hat-Redcliff and Airdrie are also attracting more residents.
While Alberta tops the province growth list, 14 of Canada’s top 25 growth cities are in Ontario.
North Bay is the leading U-Haul growth city for the second consecutive year, followed by two other Ontario markets: Belleville and Greater Sudbury. U-Haul movers coming to North Bay rose 40 per cent year-over-year, while departures rose just 27 per cent. Arriving customers accounted for 59 per cent of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic in North Bay during 2021.
“At the start of the pandemic we saw a mass exodus from Ontario to other provinces, particularly the Maritimes,” said Jake Spelic, U-Haul area district vice-president of Eastern Canada. “People were in search of cheaper housing as they worked from home. As time has passed and things are shifting closer to normal, we are starting to see that trend reverse. Ontario is still the economic center of Canada and offers a high quality of living, thousands of job opportunities and attractive salaries.”

The top 10 cities for U-Haul arrivals in 2021 are with 2020 rankings in brackets (if in top 25 in 2020):

1.

North Bay, ON (1)

2.

Belleville, ON (4)

3.

Greater Sudbury, ON (6)

4.

Quebec City, QC (16)

5.

Calgary, AB

6.

Kelowna-West Kelowna, BC

7.

Kingston, ON (3)

8.

Red Deer-Lacombe, AB

9.

Owen Sound-Port Elgin, ON

10.

North Vancouver, BC (2)



 


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