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Canada’s urban centres ranked by population growth from 2016 to 2021

All of Canada’s urban centres showed positive population growth from 2016 to 2021. For the first time in six censuses, no urban centres in Canada saw a population decline. (Additional notes below)

Canada (overall national average) » 5.2%
All metropolitan areas » 6.1%

  1. Kelowna » 14.0%
  2. Chilliwack » 12.1%
  3. Kamloops » 10.0%
  4. London » 10.0%
  5. Nanaimo » 10.0%
  6. Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo » 9.9%
  7. Oshawa » 9.3%
  8. Halifax » 9.1%
  9. Guelph » 9.0%
  10. Moncton » 8.9%
  11. Ottawa–Gatineau » 8.5%
  12. Abbotsford–Mission » 8.4%
  13. Barrie » 8.0%
  14. Victoria » 8.0%
  15. Saskatoon » 7.6%
  16. Belleville–Quinte West » 7.5%
  17. Brantford » 7.4%
  18. Edmonton » 7.3%
  19. Vancouver » 7.3%
  20. Sherbrooke » 7.2%
  21. Kingston » 7.1%
  22. St. Catharines–Niagara » 6.8%
  23. Winnipeg » 6.6%
  24. Calgary » 6.4%
  25. Windsor » 6.0%
  26. Fredericton » 5.8%
  27. Peterborough » 5.7%
  28. Lethbridge » 5.5%
  29. Regina » 5.3%
  30. Hamilton » 5.0%
  31. Drummondville » 4.6%
  32. Montréal » 4.6%
  33. Toronto » 4.6%
  34. Québec » 4.1%
  35. Saint John » 3.5%
  36. Trois-Rivières » 3.5%
  37. Greater Sudbury » 2.8%
  38. St. John’s » 2.0%
  39. Thunder Bay » 1.3%
  40. Red Deer » 0.4%
  41. Saguenay » 0.01%

Note » Each of the 41 urban centres listed above has a population of at least 100,000 people.

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Canada’s top five largest cities, ranked by population

With the spring 2021 census, we learned Canada was home to 36,991,981 people, 1.8 million (5.2 percent) more in just five years.

Among the almost 37 million people living in Canada in the Spring of 2021, close to 27.3 million, nearly three in four, lived in one of Canada’s 41 urban centres.

The 41 urban centres, all have a population of 100,000 or more people, and accounted for most of Canada’s population growth from 2016 to 2021.

This list ranks the cities with populations of 1 million or more people.

  1. Toronto » 2.8 million people
  2. Montréal » 1.8M
  3. Calgary » 1.3 million
  4. Edmonton » 1 million
  5. Ottawa »1 million

Source » Statistics Canada

5 most populated downtowns in Canada

Canada‘s most populated downtowns, ranked »

  1. Toronto » 275,931 people
  2. Vancouver » 121,932
  3. Montréal » 109,509
  4. Ottawa » 67,169
  5. Edmonton » 55,387

Vancouver was shown to have the most densely populated downtown, with 18,837 inhabitants per square kilometre, followed by Toronto at 16,608 inhabitants per square kilometre.

By comparison, there were 28,668 people per square kilometre in Manhattan in 2020, the densest borough in New York.

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10 most populated cities in Canada

The 2021 Canadian census recorded the population of the country to be 36,991,981. That’s an increase of 5.2 percent above the 2016 census, which recorded 35,151,728.

Canada continues to urbanize. Close to 27.3 million people, or nearly three in four Canadians, lived in one of the countries 41 urban centres.

These are the 10 most populated in Canada »

  1. Toronto » 2,794,356 people
  2. Montréal » 1,762,949
  3. Calgary » 1,306,784
  4. Ottawa » 1,017,449
  5. Edmonton » 1,010,899
  6. Winnipeg » 749,607
  7. Mississauga » 717,961
  8. Vancouver » 662,248
  9. Brampton » 656,480
  10. Hamilton » 569,353

Source » Statistics Canada

Fun Fact » Most already know that Toronto is the most populated municipality in Canada.  Did you know that Toronto (2.8M) is also the 4th largest city in North America, after Mexico City (9.8M), New York City (8.8M), and Los Angeles (3.9M).

Parks Canada are planting the future and saving whitebark and limber pine

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. » Nelson Henderson

Parks Canada via YouTube »

Whitebark and limber pine are at risk of extinction. Seven national parks have joined forces to recover, monitor and protect these special trees. Journey into the mountains to learn more about the threats to whitebark and limber pine, and what Parks Canada is doing to help.

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Gatwick Airport expanding number of flights between London and Canadian destinations

Passengers travelling from London’s Gatwick International Airport can now choose from 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada. The existing routes to Toronto and Calgary are joined by new and returning routes to Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, and Halifax.

Passengers can now book on 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada this summer.

Air Transat will be offering daily flights to Montreal, starting in June and will offer a once-a-week service to Quebec City, the first time the UK has benefitted from a direct scheduled service to province’s capital city.

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The Vatican announces Pope Francis will visit Iqaluit this summer [Updated]

Pope Francis’ trip to Canada will include visits to Edmonton and Quebec City, and will run from July 24 to 30,

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A papal trip to Iqaluit has been heavily rumoured for weeks, after a delegation of Indigenous leaders made a trek to the Vatican in late March to seek an apology for the Catholic Church’s role in abuse that occurred in Canada’s residential school system.

The Pope made that apology on April 1.

Reuters »

The stated aim of the schools, which operated between 1831 and 1996, was to assimilate indigenous children. Over that period about 150,000 children were taken from their homes and many were subjected to abuse, rape and malnutrition in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 called “cultural genocide.”

Christian denominations, predominantly the Catholic Church, ran the schools on behalf of the government.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said an in-person apology was “important – and necessary,” adding that the pope’s trip would not be possible “without the bravery and determination of the survivors, indigenous leaders, and youth who shared their stories.”

Elsewhere » National Observer / Global News

Post updated to include Reuters info.

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