Table 1-1a: Top 25 Canadian Population Centers (Thousands)


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Top metropolitan areas are ranked in descending order of the population in 2015.

Population estimates for 1990 and 1995 are based on the 2001 Standard Geographical Classification (SGC). Population estimates for the 1996 to 2000 period are based on the 2006 SGC. Population estimates for the 2001 to 2015 period are based on the 2011 SGC. We advise users against comparing population estimates for years based on different SGC, as population variation could be explained, at least partly, by boundary changes, rather than by components of demographic growth.

Population estimates for July 1 are final intercensal from 2001 to 2010, final postcensal for 2011, updated postcensal for 2012 to 2014 and preliminary postcensal for 2015.

Figures may not add up to the total as a result of rounding.

 

Sources:
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Total Population:

Statistics Canada. Table 051-0001 Estimates of population, by age group and sex for July 1, Canada, provinces and territories, annual (persons unless otherwise noted). CANSIM (database).

http://cansim2.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-win/CNSMCGI.PGM?Lang=Eng&Dir-Rep=CII/&CNSM-fI=CII/CII_1-eng.htm

(accessed September 30, 2016).

 

Metropolitan Areas:

1990 and 1995: Statistics Canada. Demography Division (special tabulations).

1996-2000: Statistics Canada. Table 051-0046 Estimates of population by census metropolitan area, sex and age group for July 1, based on the Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006, annual (persons). CANSIM (database).

http://cansim2.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-win/CNSMCGI.PGM?Lang=Eng&Dir-Rep=CII/&CNSM-fI=CII/CII_1-eng.htm

(accessed September 30, 2016).

2001-2015: Statistics Canada. Table 051-0056 Estimates of population by census metropolitan area, sex and age group for July 1, based on the Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2011, annual (persons). CANSIM (database).

http://cansim2.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-win/CNSMCGI.PGM?Lang=Eng&Dir-Rep=CII/&CNSM-fI=CII/CII_1-eng.htm

(accessed September 30, 2016).