Why did so many immigrants choose Toronto over Montréal?

Toronto was already growing faster than Montréal in early twentieth century and was outgrowing Montréal as early as the 1930s. And it did so, in large part, because of international immigration. But why did so many immigrants choose Toronto over Montréal?

Lieu de naissance 1941The 1941 canadian census tells us that 65% of canadians born outside Canada were born in another british country or in the United States. Is it any surprise that those english speaking immigrants chose Toronto over Montréal?

Here is another thing that I have found in this 1941 census :

Autres pays européens 1941In the right half of the table, non bristish european countries of origine are listed. It took a while for me to notice, yet, once you see it, it is so obvious. Do you see anything odd?

France and Belgium are not even on the list. Odd.

We said it earlier, Toronto outgrew Montréal thanks to, in large part, international immigration. And I add that it outgrew Montréal thanks to british and english speaking international immigration.

 

 

 

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