Originally Posted by Reesonov
Yes, but keep in mind that Ontario (primarily Toronto of course) is by far the largest recipient of international migrants in Canada.
In any event, I'm not suggesting that there has been a huge emptying of Ontario's manufacturing belt to the promised land of Alberta. I just don't accept your proposition that there is nowhere in Canada for people in Ontario to move to.
Curiously, I'm doing the reverse migration, from the West to Toronto, in a couple of weeks.
My point is not that there's nowhere to go, it's just that people aren't making permanent moves for work. The area around my hometown has lots of skilled trades with experience in oil and gas (Sarnia area) and a lot of them have went out west for work, but they generally leave their families behind and maintain their permanent residence in Ontario. Just in my own family, four have went out west for work this year, but it's all temporary. There's no work in Sarnia right now, but this will have to become a more permanent condition to get people to sell their homes and move.