Toronto’s population is burgeoning according to new census data released today by Statistics Canada.

The population of the Toronto census metropolitan area increased by 9.2 per cent since the last census in 2006. That increase was ahead of the national growth rate and Ontario’s growth rate over the same period. The national growth rate was 5.9 per cent while the province’s population increased by 5.7 per cent.

It should be noted that those rebellious statisticians at StatsCan measure populations and growth in census metropolitan areas and these don’t conform to established municipal boundaries. Those rascals!

So what does that mean exactly? According to the CBC:

“Statistics Canada defines [a census metropolitan area] as a metropolitan area with a population of at least 100,000, where the urban core of that area has at least 50,000 people. Commuting patterns and other factors are used in determining these census metropolitan areas. Looking at metropolitan areas this way takes in to account the growing impact of suburban areas on Canada’s largest cities.”

Makes sense! We won’t question their methods; they are the experts after all.

The Toronto CMA’s population now stands at 5,583,064 compared to 5,113,149 in 2006. The population of the actual city is officially 2,615,060, up from 2,503,281 in 2006.

As for the Canadian population, it stands at 33,476,688 (or at least it did on census day).

The census also revealed some cool stats about cities and towns in the GTA. Here’s a few of the most interesting findings:

  • Mississauga’s population grew by 6.7 per cent to 713,443
  • Brampton’s population grew by 20.8 per cent to 523,911
  • Oakville’s population grew by 10.2 per cent to 182,520
  • Vaughan’s population grew by 20.7 per cent to 288,301
  • Markham’s population grew by 15.3 per cent to 301,709


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