Why Are So Many Canadians Moving to Alberta?

Nov 11, 2022

Data from Statistics Canada shows that more and more people are flocking to Alberta from other provinces. In fact, nearly 10,000 people moved to Alberta in the second quarter of 2022 alone and of these, most of the interprovincial migrants to Alberta were from Ontario.

It’s no surprise that people want to make the move to the Wild Rose Country – lower taxes, affordable real estate, and small but vibrant cities are all a part of the appeal. 

The Alberta Appeal

There are plenty of reasons why Alberta is a popular province to move to.

  • Great Work- Life Balance:

Instead of being a part of the rat race, Albertans actually have the time to stop and smell the province’s famous roses. People living in Edmonton and Calgary have the best work-life balance in the country with average commute times of 30 minutes or less and higher median incomes than the rest of the country. 

  • Affordable Real Estate:

Purchasing a family home in many parts of Ontario is nearly impossible unless you are prepared to fork out exorbitant amounts of money. Alberta, on the other hand, offers the opportunity to build, buy, or rent properties that may be out of your reach in other provinces. To put it into perspective, you can own four homes in Edmonton for the price of one in Toronto!

  • Welcoming Communities:

Alberta has a lot to offer whether you prefer an urban environment or quiet country living. There are perks to both, and you’ll get to know your neighbours wherever you are. 

  • Easy Access to Nature:

With plenty of lakes, mountains, prairies, and forests, Alberta has a lot to offer when it comes to the great outdoors. From boating in summer to skiing in winter – there are plenty of things to do outdoors, no matter what season of the year.

  • Sunny Weather

Alberta is one of Canada’s sunniest provinces with up to 18 hours of daylight in summer and over 312 days of sunshine each year. Winters can get cold – but the dry cold makes it much more tolerable for many. 

Things to Consider When Building a Home in Alberta

Building your home can be exciting no matter where you are. However, there are a few things  to consider when planning your new build. 

  • The Direction of the Rooms

Summers in Alberta can get hot. Having the rooms you sleep in face the north can make sure they remain cool through the warmer months. If gardening, then perhaps you want your backyard facing the South, and so on. A builder familiar with the location will be able to advise you on the best way to build your house.

  • Functionality and a Thought Toward the Future

While you may think a couple of extra bedrooms are ideal when you’re just starting out in life, it can be a great idea to think of what you may need in the future. Perhaps you may need a home office soon? Or a place to store your mountain bikes and snow mobiles? How about a wash station for grubby pets and kids after a lovely day outdoors? A good builder will not only be able to incorporate these into the design of your house but will also have suggestions on what you can do to maximise the utility of the space without breaking the bank.

  • The Builder

Choosing a builder can be difficult with so many options out there. Picking a builder with local building experience is always a good idea. They will be able to guide you as to the best times to start your build, have contacts to source materials at a good price, and be able to advise you on the best energy efficient features for your home in the area. They will also be able to show you examples of their work in the area so you can see how their work has stood the test of time. Additionally, you may be able to speak to some of their previous clientele to learn about their experiences.

Kelly Kustom Homes is a full-service custom home builder that has been operating in and around Calgary, Alberta for two decades. With over 60 custom homes under their belts, they work with you to make the best choices for your future home.

Want to learn more? Get in touch with us today to see how we can make your dream home a reality!