Why did so many immigrants choose Toronto over Montréal?

In a recent post, I presented a graph that suggested that international immigration to Ontario was more important than migration from Québec to Ontario. Here is another interesting map about this :

Répartition de la population immigrante 1981This map is taken from the canadian 1981 census. One will note that, in 1981, 52,4% of the immigrant population in Canada lived in Ontario, this by far the largest share of the immigrant population. Ontario is followed by British Colombia, 16,3%, and Québec, 13,6%. Ontario historically (and still today) drained the largest share of international immigration to Canada. That’s why, in 1981, 23,6% of the ontarian population was born outside of Canada, which made at the time (and still today) Ontario the province having the largest proportion of immigrants, and greatly contributed to making Ontario the largest province of Canada.

Which still raises the question : why did so many immigrants choose Toronto over Montréal?

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