Size of non-metro economy
How to measure the size of the non-metro economy
There are various ways to measure the size of the non-metro economy (population, employment, and GDP).
• If one uses population of non-metro, we find 10.6 Canadians reside in non-metro areas.
• This represents 31% of all Canadians.
• This share ranges from 21% in Ontario to 64% in New Brunswick to 100% in Prince Edward Island (where there are no metro areas).
• If one use employment to measure the size of non-metro, then we find 4.9 million Canadians are employed in non-metro areas.
• This represents 28% of all employed individuals in Canada.
• This share ranges from 18% in Ontario to 61% in New Brunswick to 100% in Prince Edward Island.
• If one uses GDP to measure the size of non-metro Canada, then we find an approximate GDP of $432 billion in non-metro Canada.
• This represents 30% of Canada's total GDP.
• This share ranges from 19% in Ontario to 63% in New Brunswick to 100% in Prince Edward Island
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 a CMA.