Metropolitan areas see most population growth
New figures from StatsCan show that the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) saw considerably higher growth than non-CMAs in the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. On July 1, 2014 7 out of 10 Canadians were living in a CMA; more than a third were in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. During the past year, the population of the Toronto CMA broke the 6 million threshold, reaching 6,055,700, while the population of the Montréal CMA passed the 4 million mark (4,027,100). Alberta and Saskatchewan saw the fasted growth in CMA population led by Calgary (up 3.6 per cent) followed by Edmonton (up 3.3 per cent), Saskatoon (up 3.2 per cent) and Regina (up 2.8 per cent). Kelowna (up 1.8 per cent), Winnipeg ( up1.6 per cent) and Toronto ( up 1.5 per cent) were the only other CMAs in the country to post population growth rates higher than the national CMA average increase of 1.4 per cent. In contrast, Saint John New Brunswick, was the lone CMA in Canada to see its population decline significantly, falling 0.5 per cent.