‘I’m not bumping into other people and there’s fresh air’: COVID-19 is accelerating the flight of Toronto families to smaller centres

‘I’m not bumping into other people and there’s fresh air’: COVID-19 is accelerating the flight of Toronto families to smaller centres
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When the pandemic hit Toronto, longtime resident Mary-Margaret Jones didn’t expect to finish it in Peterborough — but she couldn’t be happier.

“We realized we weren’t getting ahead in Toronto,” said the civil servant, who last week moved into a four-bedroom Peterborough home with her partner Wendi Percival and daughter Finley, 4.

“We’re two people with great jobs who can’t manage to put anything aside for a house in Toronto, ever. That’s the same story for a lot of people.”

Experts say an exodus from Toronto of families with young kids, happening for years, is being accelerated by people learning to work from home and employers, public and private sector, newly open to staff contributing from a distance.

The trend will have an impact on post-pandemic Toronto, after…



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