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More Canadians relocating to B.C. during pandemic: U-Haul report

Last Updated Jan 6, 2021 at 11:24 am PST

(Courtesy uhaul.com)

It seems many people are choosing to move to our province during the pandemic from other parts of the country

Our province took the top position alongside New Brunswick last year

North Vancouver saw the second-most growth in terms of one-way truck rentals

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It looks like many people from around the country are choosing to pack up and move to B.C. during the pandemic.

U-Haul is sharing its stats for 2020, indicating B.C. is the joint top when it comes to provincial growth for incoming one-way truck trips, along with New Brunswick.

Mason Kolahdouzan is the General Manager of the U-Haul location on Marine Drive in Vancouver, and admits the stats are surprising because of B.C.’s high cost of living.

“Since we experienced how to deal with [the pandemic], slowly business started picking up, and people were moving again,” he says.

“So we had seen this trend going down in March and April, and then after April, we saw that that trends went up, and then we picked up business, all the way to December, which was very surprising for us.”

North Vancouver saw the second-most growth in terms of one-way truck rentals, with arrivals up 7 per cent over the past year.

Notable spikes in B.C. arrivals include Vancouver (16 per cent), Chilliwack (32 per cent), Abbotsford (26 per cent), and Nanaimo/Coombs (52 per cent).

“I think the amenities that we have in Vancouver makes it a perfect destination for people to move. If you think about Whistler, for skiing and snowboarding, or travel to Tofino for surfing, and during the summer we have so many campgrounds that people can enjoy — all in all making it a perfect destination for people to move.”