Suburban Nation? Population Growth in Canadian Suburbs, 2006-2011

Canada is a suburban nation and its population became more suburban from 2006-2011.

This inaugural CanU working  paper describes the Canadian population growth from 2006-2011, using the census data that was released last summer. We find that the country has become more suburban over the past census period, despite the highly visible downtown condo apartment booms in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. There is there is five times as much growth on the suburban edges of the regions as there is in the inner city.

The research team’s  initial research results were released last fall in an exclusive series of articles that were on the front or op-ed pages of the country’s largest newspapers. This Working Paper includes the key research data and an atlas of maps for every Canadian metropolitan area that underpin those newspaper articles.

The working paper critiques these trends and provides connections to the latest literature on sprawl repair.  New strategies to manage the growth of Canada’s booming suburban areas will be demonstrated at the sixth summit of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU6) “Cities at the Edge” to be held in the Greater Toronto Area September 18-20, 2014. We hope to see you there.


CanU WP1 Suburban Nation cover

Council for Canadian Urbanism

Working Paper #1

Suburban Nation?

Population Growth in Canadian Suburbs, 2006-2011

David L.A. Gordon & Isaac Shirokoff

School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University

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