Metro Vancouver population rose even as locals were choosing to move elsewhere in B.C.

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      Metro Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto were home to more than one-third of Canadians on Canada Day in 2017.

      And in the 12 months leading up until June 30, 2017, Metro Vancouver's population increased by 1.1 percent, according to Statistics Canada.

      However over the same year, there was a net drop of 9,926 of B.C. residents in Metro Vancouver between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. That came as a result of migration to other areas of the province.

      That was lower than the net drop of 10,325 from Montreal and the net drop of 36,755 from Toronto to other areas of Quebec and Ontario, respectively.

      The overall annual population increase of 1.1 percent in Metro Vancouver was achieved as a result of immigration.

      Statistics Canada notes that 70.5 percent of Canadians lived in metropolitan areas on June 30, 2017.

      Slightly more than half of them (35.6 percent) were residents of the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

      This chart shows that Saskatchewan's two largest cities had the greatest rate of population growth of Canadian metropolitan regions from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.
      Statistics Canada