North Vancouver is the No. 1 "growth city" in Canada, according to U-Haul data analyzing Canadian migration trends for 2019.
Growth cities are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a city versus leaving that city during a calendar year. Migration trends figures are compiled from more than two million one-way U-Haul truck sharing transactions that occur annually in the U.S. and Canada.
In North Vancouver, arrivals of one-way U-Haul trucks in 2019 increased nearly 30 per cent while departures were up less than 20 per cent from the community’s 2018 numbers. Amid the overall spike in moving traffic, arrivals accounted for 55.2 per cent of all one-way U-Haul traffic through North Vancouver.
The other top five growth cities were in Ontario, led by Trenton. Other B.C. towns with strong inbound U-Haul traffic in 2019 were Salmon Arm, ranked at No. 11; Merritt, at No. 20; and Victoria, which U-Haul placed at No. 22 of the top 25 growth cities in Canada.
U-Haul data is considered important because it captures middle-class household movements across North America. U-Haul has facilities in all 10 Canadian provinces and 50 U.S. states.