Non-metro population size
In 2011, 10.4 million Canadians — 31 per cent of the population — resided in non-metro areas.
- The chart shows no change in the size of non-metro Canada since 1991. This is due to growth in non-metro Canada - some cities were reclassified to become metro and thus the non-metro population appears lower in those periods. And, part of the growth of metro is due to some cities becoming classified as metro.
Metro refers to residents of Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs). CMAs have 50,000 or more in the built-up core (100,000 or more prior to 2006) and includes all neighbouring towns and municipalities where 50 percent or more of the workforce commutes to the built-up core.
Non-metro refers to the residents outside CMAs.
- Census Agglomerations (CAs) in 2006 and 2011 have a built-up core of 10,000 or more with a total population of less than 100,000 and includes all neighbouring towns and municipalities where 50 percent or more of the workforce commutes to the built-up core (prior to 2006, a few CAs had a total population over 100,000 if they had less than 100,000 in the built-up core - due to the different definition of a CMA prior to 2006).
- Metropolitan Influenced Zones (MIZ) are assigned on the basis of the share of the workforce that commutes to any CMA or CA (Strong MIZ: 30 to 49 percent; Moderate MIZ: 5 to 29 percent; Weak MIZ: 1 to 5 percent; No MIZ: no commuters).