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Annual Demographic Estimates: Census Metropolitan Areas, Economic Regions and Census Divisions, Age and Sex
2001 to 2006

  • At July 1, 2006, 21,294,400 people lived in a census metropolitan area (CMA), an increase of 12.1‰ over the previous year.
  • The Calgary (36.1‰) and Edmonton (26.2‰) CMAs had the largest increases. In contrast, the Saguenay, Saint John, Kingston and Thunder Bay CMAs were the only ones that showed population decreased, ranging from 2.5‰ to 6.7‰.
  • With a growth rate of 36.1‰, the Calgary CMA ranked first in terms of growth. In fact, this was the largest growth recorded in Canada by a CMA since 1986
  • More than one third of the new arrivals in Edmonton came from a non-metropolitan area in Alberta.
  • Over the past year, the median age for all CMAs rose by 0.2, reaching 37.8. In non-CMAs, the increase was 0.4, twice as high as in the CMAs, bringing the median age of their populations to 40.7.
  • The CMAs with the highest median ages were Trois-Rivières, Victoria, Saguenay and St. Catherines – Niagara, ranging from 41.8 to 43.4. On the other hand, the CMAs with the lowest median ages were Saskatoon and Calgary, at 35.1 and 35.4, respectively. These were followed by the Edmonton and Abbotsford CMAs, with 36.0 and 36.1.

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