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Canada's population estimates: Subprovincial areas, July 1, 2021

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Released: 2022-01-13

Demographic estimates for Canada's subprovincial areas as of July 1, 2021 are now available. Estimates are available for census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations, census divisions, economic regions and census subdivisions. Revised estimates as of July 1 for the years 2017 to 2020 are also available.

  Note to readers

This release includes preliminary postcensal population estimates for census metropolitan areas, census agglomerations, census divisions, census subdivisions and economic regions by age and sex as of July 1, 2021. Revised estimates as of July 1 for the years 2017 to 2020 are also available. See the Tables tab for more information.

The estimates released today are based on 2016 Census counts, adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves, to which are added the population growth estimates for the period from May 10, 2016 to the date of the estimate. These estimates are based on the 2016 Standard Geographical Classification. Estimates released today are not to be confused with the 2021 Census of Population counts, which will be released on February 9, 2022.

The annual period of reference is comprised between July 1 of a certain year and July 1 of the following year. Therefore, 2020/2021 refers to the period from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021.

A new key indicator of rural population estimates by province and territory has been added to this release. For this indicator, rural population refers to population in areas outside of census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations.


The publication Annual Demographic Estimates: Subprovincial Areas, July 1, 2021 (Catalogue number91-214-X), is now available.

The following products are also available as part of the series Statistics Canada―Data Visualization Products (Catalogue number71-607-X):

"Annual demographic estimates, census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations: Interactive dashboard,"

"Annual demographic estimates, census divisions: Interactive dashboard,"

"Annual demographic estimates, economic regions: Interactive dashboard," and

"Annual demographic estimates, rural and urban areas: Interactive dashboard."

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