Census 2016 and the House of Commons

Census 2016 and the House of Commons

February 8, 2017 UPDATED 3:41pmET

The first round of 2016 Census data has been released on Canada’s population, which reached 35.15 million as of last May. Also included were numbers on all 338 federal ridings.

Use the map to find data on population size, growth, and density for each district represented in the House of Commons:

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The 10 most populous ridings are found in Alberta and southern Ontario:

Edmonton–Wetaskiwin, AB  158,749
Calgary Shepard, ON  147,520
Niagara Falls, ON  136,292
Banff–Airdrie, AB  135,762
Calgary Skyview, AB  135,730
King–Vaughan, ON  131,995
Calgary Rocky Ridge, AB  131,823
Guelph, ON  131,794
Durham, ON  130,872
Brantford–Brant, ON  130,296


The 10 ridings with the smallest population are found in Atlantic Canada and the territories:

Labrador, NL  27,197
Egmont, PEI  34,168
Yukon  35,874
Nunavut  35,944
Malpeque, PEI  36,030
Charlottetown, PEI  36,094
Cardigan, PEI  36,615
Northwest Territories  41,786
Miramichi–Grand Lake, NB  57,405
Madawaska–Restigouche, NB  60,378


What ridings had the highest rate of population growth from 2011 to 2016?

Edmonton–Wetaskiwin, AB  43.5%
Spadina–Fort York, ON  40%
Calgary Shepard, AB  33.7%
Milton, ON  29.6%
Banff–Airdrie, AB  28.8%
Brampton West, ON  27.8%
Calgary Skyview, AB  23.2%
Brampton East, ON  22.4%
Calgary Rocky Ridge, AB  21%
King–Vaughan, ON  20.8%


The 10 ridings with the most population loss, according to the Census:

Cape Breton–Canso, NS  -4.4%
Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC  -3.8%
Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia, QC  -3.6%
Madawaska–Restigouche, NB  -3.5%
Central Nova, NS  -3.5%
Bonavista–Burin–Trinity, NL  -3.4%
Miramichi–Grand Lake, NB  -3.3%
Saint John–Rothesay, NB  -3.3%
Markham–Thornhill, ON  -3.1%
Tobique–Mactaquac, NB  -2.8%


Federal ridings were redrawn in 2012 based on the 2011 census — with an additional 30 seats added to the House of Commons.

-Andrew Thomson