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Internet Usage Statistics:
Internet users as of March, 2011;
79.2% of the population, according to the CIA.
Canada is the second largest country in the world
after Russia. Its population is however only about one-fifth of Russia's.
Nearly 90% of Canadians live within 200 km of the border with the United States,
which means that Canada contains vast expanses of wilderness to the north. The
relationship to its powerful neighbour is a defining factor for Canada. The United
States and Canada have the world's largest trading relationship.
population estimate for 2012, according to US Census Bureau.
Latest Country GNI
capita was US$ 50,970 for 2012, according to the World
Country Area (Size):
km ( 3,850,789 square miles) - Pop. Density is 3 persons per sq
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Canada National Statistical
Canada Profile Reports:
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Canada Profile by the
Canada World Bank
Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce in
In Canada, broadband is defined as speeds in excess of
64Kbps, a lower threshold than in other countries. This partially
accounts for Canada's high broadband penetration rate.
Researchers agree that an Internet broadband connection is an
enabler of online buying. With a dial-up connection, pages load
slower and transactions take more time to complete. For 2004,
researchers estimate that 5.2 million Canadian households will
have a broadband connection, accounting for 66% of online
households. By 2007, 81% of online households will have a
Historical and projected estimates of Canadian broadband
households vary among leading research firms. What is certain is
that broadband uptake has been strong and will continue to grow
in the future.
In 2000, only 12.1% of all Canadian households had a broadband
connection. In 2004, it is expected that the penetration rate
will increase to 42.6%. The US, in contrast, is not expected to
achieve a comparable penetration until 2006. The current
penetration rate in the US is only 29.1%. By 2006 it is expected
to reach 41.0%.
For 2003 Canada ranked fourth worldwide in terms of broadband
households as a percentage of total households. The US held the
tenth position with a 22.5%.
Canadian retail e-commerce just tallied its fifth straight year of
double-digit growth, yet online sales still account for less than 1% of the
total retail market, according to Statistics Canada’s "2006 Survey of
Electronic Commerce and Technology."
Online sales more than doubled in Canada from 2003-2006, and nearly half of
Canadian retail firms now have a Web site, compared to the 42% that did in
2005. Among companies with 100 employees or more, of which 88% have a Web site,
the percentage is even higher.
It is expected that the average amount that Canadians spend online will grow
strongly over the next three years. Seasoned online buyers (rather than new
ones) will drive overall market growth. Comparing Canadian and US online
consumer behavior, Canadians are either on par or ahead of their US peers in
purchasing electronics, travel and event tickets online. Canadians lag behind
in the purchasing of clothing, music and videos, gifts and toys. Canada is a
world leader in Internet adoption, time spent online and electronic banking
and bill payment.
The Canadian telecoms market was one of the few to weather the
storm after the telecoms bubble burst, with revenues increasing
between 1999 and 2002 – however 2003 saw a slight plateau
in total revenues as the local operators were hit hard by both
increasing competition and the shift from fixed-lines to mobile
That said, it is still an attractive market for both operators
and users – in terms of broadband penetration, it is one of
the leading countries in the world. Broadband services are being
driven by a government regulator keen to establish Canada as a
leading information economy and an attractive country for
investment. Both cable modem and DSL services are achieving high
levels of penetration.
The high penetration of broadband Internet access is also
fueling the growth in other industries, such as interactive and
digital TV services and ecommerce. The opportunities for IP-VPN
services has also increased as the proliferation of broadband
access has made teleworking more of an option for more employees
of companies in Canada.
Cable TV subscriptions have been declining over the past few
years as DTH satellite services have become more popular due to
better pricing and a greater range of services on offer. Cable
will, however, continue to dominate the pay TV market in Canada
due to its existing presence and the fact that many customers
also use the cable for data services.
The growth in mobile phone services is beginning to mimic what
was witnessed in Europe a few years ago and the US in 2003.
Consolidation in this segment is on the horizon, with Telus
looking to acquire Microcell. This will create a healthier
market, with three leading operators competing for customers and
expanding their network coverage. In 2005 we expect the operators
to make a move towards more advanced 3G services to complement
their existing Wi-Fi offerings.
Bundling of services has been the catch-phrase in the Canadian
market in 2003 and 2004 – many operators are partnering or
acquiring in order to make a play across technologies and
solutions. This is seen as a way to increase the revenue per
customer, reduce churn, and compete with the incumbent (Bell
Canada) on relatively even footing.
The market will continue to consolidate and align itself across
regions and customers will be the big winners, with a greater
range of services offered by a larger pool of operators. While
the gold rush may be over for Canadian telecoms operators, there
is still a pretty penny to be made in this market.
By the beginning of 2004, total revenues in the telecom market
reached an estimated $32.6 billion (down 1.2% on 2002). Industry
revenues had grown from $24.9 billion in 1998. Capex continues to
decrease from the big spending years of 2000 and 2001 –
down to $5.3 billion in 2003. Since 1997 Canadian telecoms
operators have spent over $60.7 billion on capital
Local competition now exists throughout most of Canada –
although the incumbent operators still hold the lion’s
share of the market. A number of major acquisitions took place:
MTS acquired Allstream and Telus is in the process of acquiring
Microcell – the competitive environment is shifting.
Telecom infrastructure continues to undergo modernisation
projects driven by increased competition, liberalisation of
telecom policy and government initiatives aimed at extending
Canada has one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the
world. Furthermore, Canadians are heavy users, with around 90% of
users using e-mail at least weekly. The Canadian Internet access
market continues to grow strongly with over 64% of Canadians
having Internet access by 2004.
Residential broadband access enjoyed continued growth in 2004 as
the increase in dial-up accounts slowed. High-speed household
cable Internet access continues to maintain its lead over
household Digital Subscriber Line (DSL). There were around 5
million residential broadband subscribers in early 2004.
Canada is also seen as a world leader in e-commerce. The
government has actively encouraged initiatives, including the
development of digital and broadband networks, to develop
high-speed access throughout the country suitable for wireless
and Internet applications.
The country’s mobile industry has experienced rapid growth
since its inception and demand is expected to remain strong for
the foreseeable future. With the number of subscribers to
wireless products and service totalling close to 13.9 million by
mid-2004, almost 43% of Canadians now have access to a wireless
Canadian broadcasting has seen major changes during the last
three years with the growth of specialty television services
stimulating structural changes within the industry. The
deployment of digital technology will eliminate bandwidth
scarcity, enabling the offering of numerous new services,
including interactive TV. The number of cable TV subscribers
declined slightly in 2003 to 7.8 million. The number of DTH
satellite TV subscribers increased from 2002 to 2.2 million at
the beginning of 2004.
Canada Telecommunications Market
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Canada Population - 2006 Census
Canada's population rose 5.4 percent to 31.6 million between 2001 and 2006,
the fastest rate of growth among Group of Eight nations, as immigration soared,
according to census data compiled by Statistics Canada.
The census found Canada's population was 31,612,897 on May 16, 2006, compared
with 30,007,094 on May 15, 2001. The oil- rich province of Alberta's population
grew the fastest, rising 10.6 percent to 3.3 million. Alberta and Ontario,
which gained about 750,000 residents and remains the most populous province
with 12.2 million, made up two-thirds of the national growth.
In the French-speaking province of Quebec, whose share of Canada's population
has been declining since 1966, immigration fueled a 4.3 percent rise, three
times the province's growth rate in the previous census, to 7.55 million.
Census results affect how much money the federal government transfers to each
province. Canada divided C$58.8 billion among the provinces in the fiscal year
that ended March 31. Provincial premiers have complained they don't get adequate
federal funding, and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has vowed to correct that
so-called imbalance in his March 19 budget.
The data also confirm the rising political clout of western provinces such as
Alberta at the expense of eastern ones such as Newfoundland and Labrador.
Provinces' representation in the House of Commons is adjusted every decade so
each lawmaker represents about 100,000 constituents. In 2002, Alberta, British
Columbia and Ontario gained a combined seven seats; other provinces'
representation was unchanged.
Businesses also use the census data, to decide where to locate and advertise.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador's population fell for the third- straight census,
dropping 1.5 percent to 505,000. The province has the country's highest jobless
rate, with 14.3 percent in February compared with 6.1 percent nationally, and
has been hurt by the collapse of the cod fishery. The province's population
had fallen 7 percent between 1996 and 2001.
Canadian cities with 10,000 people or more saw their share of the population
rise to 80 percent from 78 percent in 1996. Toronto kept its ranking as Canada's
largest city with 5.11 million residents, adding some 9.2 percent in the census
period. Five other cities had more than 1 million people: Montreal with 3.64
million, Vancouver with 2.12 million, Ottawa with 1.13 million and, for the
first time, Calgary and Edmonton with 1.08 million and 1.03 million, respectively.
About 1.2 million immigrants came to Canada during the census period, accounting
for about two-thirds of the nation's population growth.
The combined populations of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon
Territory exceeded 100,000 for the first time. Nunavut's population grew 10.2
percent to 29,474, boosted by a fertility rate that was twice the Canadian average.
The Canadian census is taken every five years, with the first conducted by Jean
Talon, an administrator of New France, in 1666. He found the colony had 3,215
residents, 635 of whom lived in Montreal.
Seven other new census reports on subjects including immigration, the workforce,
education and income will be released between now and May 2008, as results are tallied.
Here is a list of categories and Statistics Canada's scheduled release dates:
-Age and sex July 17, 2007
-Marital status, families, dwellings Sept. 12, 2007
-Language, migration, citizenship, immigration Dec. 4, 2007
-Aboriginal peoples Jan. 15, 2008
-Labor, occupation, workplace, mode of transportation, language of work,
education March 4, 2008
-Ethnic origin, visible minorities April 2, 2008
-Incomes, shelter costs May 1, 2008
For 2008 the population of Canada was estimated at 33,212,696.
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