Trouble in Toronto

Why is toronto in toruble and what is it doing to fix things?

Ask anyone planning on moving to Canada, and most of them will say Toronto is their preferred destination.  There are plenty of great reasons for that: Toronto is fantastic. It has it all.  It’s basically the Canadian version of New York, with equally high appeal.  Unfortunately for the province of Ontario, this is a bit of a problem.

Canada prides itself on the high quality of life anywhere within its territory, and that includes Toronto.  However, the Greater Toronto Area has taken in more immigration than anywhere else in Canada which subsequently lead to an unbalanced population growth throughout the province and a deterioration of life quality for the entire province.  The longer Toronto continues to gulp up a large chunk of Canada’s immigration stream – the worse things will get.


The solution

One solution currently being applied as the government of Ontario develops a provincial strategy is the incorporation of Ontario into Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration pilot, with the aim of increasing immigration to rural and less-populated areas around Canada.

The pilot is designed to balance population growth with an eye toward Canada’s economical goals and priorities.  The current target is to increase immigration settling outside the Greater Toronto Area to 35% by 2030. 

Another solution would be to use the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program to encourage rural immigration.  By refining requirements and instituting a regional allocation target the province will be able to balance its population spread.

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The problem

46% of The Greater Toronto Area population is immigrants, with 77% of all immigration to Ontario in 2018 going to the area.  This are has major significance in Canada, is it produces 20% of Canada’s GDP.

This situation makes other areas in the province less appealing to new immigrants, as most work opportunities are located in such a (relatively) small part of the province.  This can result in a dire reality for the rest of the province.  Failing to grow the work force in areas outside the Greater Toronto Area will mean a significant drop in quality of life for all population in those areas.