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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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December 12, 2022

Statistics Canada has released tables from the Longitudinal Immigration Database on the wages and location of immigrants who arrived in Canada up to 2020.  This data allows comparison of the number of immigrants who arrived in each province with their subsequent location, based on where they filed their income tax returns.  'Retention rate' in Statistics Canada's analysis refers to the proportion of tax filers that remained in their intended province of arrival, which can differ from their actual province of arrival.  

This data showed that the number of 2010-2020 immigrants who filed taxes in Nova Scotia 2020 was 81.8% of the total number of immigrants whose intended province of arrival was Nova Scotia in this period.  This includes both immigrants that remained in Nova Scotia as well as those who moved to Nova Scotia after arriving in a different province.  The number of immigrant taxfilers was above 100% in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia over this period - implying that more immigrants moved to these provinces than left over that period.  Prince Edward Island reported the lowest portion of immigrants filing taxes in 2020.

Note that the figure for each province in the first chart is the weighted average (weighted by the number of intended immigrant arrivals for a given admission year) of the sum of retention and in-migration for each of the 11 admission years. 

Statistics Canada. Table 43-10-0017-01  Interprovincial migration of immigrant taxfilers, by admission year and tax year, for Canada and provincesTable 43-10-0018-01  Interprovincial migration of immigrant taxfilers, by pre-admission experience and tax year, for Canada and provinces

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