Table 2.2

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Farm area in Canada by ecozone, 1971 and 2011
Table Summary
This table displays farm area in Canada by ecozone for 1971 and 2011. The row headers provide information by Canada total and the eight ecozones with agriculture. The column headers provide information on ecozone area in hectares; farm area for 1971 and 2011 in hectares; the percent change in farm area from 1971 to 2011; farm area as a proportion of ecozone area for 1971 and 2011 in percent; and farm area per capita for 1971 and 2011 in hectares per thousand people.
  Ecozone area 1 Farm area 2 Farm area as a proportion of ecozone area Farm area per capita 3
1971 2011 Change 1971  to 2011 1971 2011 1971 2011
  hectares percent hectares per thousand people
Canada total 997,621,635 68,660,645 64,812,723 -5.6 6.9 6.5 3,183 1,936
Taiga Plains 65,777,768 0 8,390 . 0.0 0.0 0 364
Boreal Shield 191,822,190 1,894,746 1,362,344 -28.1 1.0 0.7 750 461
Atlantic Maritime 20,131,020 2,806,095 2,073,269 -26.1 13.9 10.3 1,234 797
Mixed Wood Plains 16,848,607 7,504,815 6,167,667 -17.8 44.5 36.6 680 351
Boreal Plains 74,302,776 12,311,291 12,939,074 5.1 16.6 17.4 21,924 14,971
Prairies 46,659,208 41,341,285 40,067,118 -3.1 88.6 85.9 14,176 8,116
Pacific Maritime 20,857,208 148,121 158,831 7.2 0.7 0.8 90 46
Montane Cordillera 48,747,704 1,205,697 1,705,238 41.4 2.5 3.5 2,370 1,874
The national total for ecozone area does not equal the sum of ecozones presented, since this table only includes ecozones with agricultural activity.
Any differences between the results by ecozone and national totals are due to data suppression to protect confidentiality. See Statistics Canada, 2008, Census of Agriculture: Environmental Geography Aggregations of Census Farm Units (survey number 8012) for further details.
The population used for the national calculation of farm area per capita does not equal the sum of the population of the ecozones presented, since this table only includes ecozones with agricultural activity.
Source(s):
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Statistics Canada, special tabulation, Census of Agriculture, Census Geographic Component Base 2011 and Census of Agriculture Regular Base 1971. Statistics Canada, CANSIM tables 153-0057 (accessed January 9, 2011) and 004-0001 (accessed May 8, 2014). Statistics Canada, 2012, Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2011 Census , Catalogue no. 98-310-X. Statistics Canada, Environment, Energy and Transportation Statistics Division, 2014, special tabulation.
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