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  1. On July 1, 2013, 24,517,700 people, or slightly more than two-thirds (69.7%) of the Canadian population, were living in a census metropolitan area (CMA).
  1. Between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, Calgary recorded a growth rate of 42.6 per thousand - the highest population increase recorded by a CMA since 1996/1997.
  1. Alberta and Saskatchewan CMAs recorded the largest population growth rates in Canada during the 2012/2013 period. Following Calgary, the next highest population growth rates were observed in the CMAs of Saskatoon, Edmonton and Regina with annual population increases of 38.7 per thousand, 37.8 per thousand and 30.9 per thousand respectively.
  1. Saint John (N.B.) was the only CMA to register a population decrease (-5.0 per thousand) between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013.


  1. With a population growth rate of 45.5 per thousand, the economic region (ER) of Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake in Alberta was the fastest growing ER in 2012/2013. The strongest population decrease was recorded in the Cape Breton ER (-17.0 per thousand) in Nova Scotia.
  1. On July 1, 2013, the ER of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine in Quebec had a median age of 50.1 years. For the first time, the median age of an ER has exceeded the symbolical threshold of 50 years.


  1. The fastest growing CD was Division No. 16 (Wood Buffalo) in Alberta with a population growth rate of 65.6 per thousand between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013. The CD with the largest population decrease was Victoria, Nova Scotia, with a growth rate of -29.3 per thousand.
  1. On July 1, 2013, Ontario’s Haliburton CD had the oldest median age, at 54.7 years, and the highest proportion of persons aged 65 years and older, at 29.6%. Nunavut’s Keewatin CD had the highest proportion of people aged under 15 years (33.8%), the smallest proportion of persons aged 65 years and older (3.3%) and the lowest median age (23.3 years).
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