Canadian Major City Populations - Released for 2012

The organization responsible for upating Canadian City populations has released the latest numbers, and they show rapid growth of Canadian Cities in the Western Region. The Cities of Calgary and Edmonton are now by far the fastest growing cities in Canada racking up growth of about 30,000 to 40,000 people per year. Although in absolute numbers Toronto grew the fastest by over 100,000 per year. Other fast growing cities are also on the Canadian Prairies, including Saskatoon and Regina. On the East coast Halifax has managed to resume fast growth, growing faster and passing St. Catharines in population. St. Catharines is an old industrial city in Ontario known for producing car parts, but as that industry has centralized around the Toronto region, St. Catharines has gone downhill. Other great stories out of the new population numbers show that Winnipeg has become the leader of the just under 1 million cities of Quebec and Hamilton, it grew by an amazing 12,000 people, with a growth rate the same as Vancouver, pretty amazing I must say. Cities to watch out for are all in Ontario, With Kitchener-Waterloo, and London both passing the half million mark, and Guelph, Peterborough, and Brantford all added to the CMA list for the first time.

By this time next year, we here in Toronto will have one thing to look forward to as your CMA passes the 6 million mark for the first time, although the Great Toronto Area is already over 6.1 million, and the Golden Horseshoe sits at 7.5 million people. This ranking will give you some great times of triva pursuit.

Canadian CMAs by Population (2012 est)

1- Toronto....................5,941,500
2- Montreal..................3,957,700
3- Vancouver................2,463,700
4- Calgary....................1,309,200
5- Ottawa....................1,273,300
6- Edmonton................1,230,100

7- Winnipeg....................778,400
8- Quebec City................769,600
9- Hamilton.....................756,600
10- Kitchener Waterloo.....505,100
11- London......................500,000

12- Halifax......................413,700
13- St Catherines............405,800
14- Oshawa....................375,600
15- Victoria....................363,100
16- Windsor....................333,400
17- Saskatoon.................284,000

18- Regina......................226,300
19- Sherbrooke................203,500
20- St John's...................200,600
21- Barrie.......................196,000
22- Kelowna....................184,700
23- Abbotsford.................178,100
24- Kingston....................165,500
25- Sudbury.....................164,000
26- Saguenay...................152,600
27- Trois Rivieres..............148,300
28- Moncton.....................143,000
29- Guelph.......................142,900
30- Brantford....................140,500
31- Saint John..................128,900
32- Thunder Bay...............127,100
33- Peterborough..............122,400