Population Growth In Canada

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Population growth is a large contributor to environmental depletion, as there is a larger effects of food sources, and more pollution created. It is clear that populations and negative impacts on the environment are increasing at record rates, but for what reasons are populations multiplying so rapidly, especially in countries with low fertility rates? Although population growth is a phenomenon occurring globally, this essay will address this question by focusing in on a smaller scale, within Canada. Examining the 2006 and 2011 Guelph Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), in comparison to that of Barrie, Ontario’s, a more local level study can be conducted. Then, by centering in on the trends of six demographic attributes- sex, age, language, mobility …show more content…
For example, in this graph it is clear that in both cities English is the language spoken most often at home. This suggests that English is most likely the first language of the majority of this population, meaning that there is a smaller immigrant population. Furthermore, of those who did immigrant to these cities English is still the larger spoken language, meaning that they are well educated. Another point that can be noted about this graph is that the difference in the amount of people who speak an unofficial and French languages between 2006 and 2011 has increased in Guelph. This shows that there has been some mobility in the city with English residence possibly leaving the city while more French, and immigrants or even Aboriginal are moving into the …show more content…
While some look at the population in a broader scale, such as sex and age, attributes such as mobility status and visible minority population look at the population under a finer lens. Together these attributes try to make sense of population increases and decreases. Therefore, coming back to the original question, for what reasons are populations multiplying so rapidly, especially in countries with low fertility rates, a simple conclusion can be made. Essentially the high birth rates in one country affect the world on a more global scale than one might initially think. What the CMAs of Barrie and Guelph demonstrated is that immigration plays a large role in Canada’s society. Although it was hard to see in the first two attributes, it was made clear that between 2006 and 2011 there has been an increase in population movements into these cities. This essentially means that despite having a lower than average birth rate Canadian cities are still growing due to immigration and

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