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Canada’s population has grown 10 times since Confederation, to 35,151,728. But Canadians didn’t get there by having lots of children. Immigration accounted for about two-thirds of population growth during that five-year period, a trend that Statistics Canada predicts will continue in the coming years.
Despite Canada’s huge land mass, most Canadians live in cities, and mostly near the U.S. border.
Eighty-three per cent of Canadians live in an urban area with a population core of at least 10,000 people, and 40 per cent live in one of the country’s 15 biggest municipalities.
In fact, about 8 per cent of Canadians live in Toronto alone.
“Canada has one of the highest proportions living in metropolitan centres across the world,” said Martel.