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For a while now I have been thinking about how Canada would be like, if we actually had a decent size population. I found an article from the Globe and Mail from a few years ago, saying we should really consider increasing the number of immigrants coming to this country. How do we get 1.9 million new people to move to Canada and live here, each and every year? Yes, the current major cities like Toronto and Montreal will continue to grow, but we should find ways to get other cities to grow also. If we did manage to get to 100,000,000 people living in Canada by 2050, we would have a density of 10 people per sq.km. That would be almost similar to present day Russia (excl. the annexation of Crimea). The US has 35 people per sq.km. With that we would see Canada explode to well over 300 million people. Yes it would be a lot of more mouths to feed. Plus we would need a rapid expansion in new urban centers across the provinces and especially the territories. We would also need to develop/revitalize current industries and create new industries. I know the energy (petrol) and mining sectors are in the toilet, but if we managed to increase the population, we would probably bring those industries back to life. We may be able to finally fly Montreal to Vancouver or within this country for cheaper or drive through the Prairies and be bored out of our minds or even driving all the way to Iqaluit and not worry about the gas tank, seeing there may be a station close by and not 1000's of km away. Also we can finally see many of the national parks and provincial/territorial parks, that are inaccessible and costs 10s of thousands of to visit. The reason I bring up the territories, they are grossly under populated. If there are more people there and more towns/cities connecting them to the south, the cost of living there will decrease. Plus by 2050-2100, more people will be moving north because of climate change. I found one agency formulate by 2050, we would see Canada's population grow to well under 50 million, we would be one of the wealthiest per capita, but our GDP would be lower. If we could increase the population to 100 million and also find a way to still have a similar GDP per capita as the one forecast for 2050 with 50 million, we would be the 4th wealthiest instead of the 17th. It is a long shot and I know Canada has a lot to do before that time, but we should really think about the future of this country.
Ontario - Switzerland - Pennsylvania Quebec - Denmark - Washington Alberta - Venezuela - Maryland --- B.C - Czech Republic - Connecticut Saskatchewan - Ecuador - Delaware Manitoba - Dominican Republic - Maine Nova Scotia - Costa Rica - Montana Newfoundland / Labrador - Kenya - North Dakota New Brunswick - Panama - Vermont --- Northwest Territories - Malawi P.E.I - Kyrgyzstan Yukon - Sierra Leone Nunavut - Cape Verde What else is interesting, is that Ontario's GDP 36.7% of the total (Canada). Toronto GDP accounts for almost of half of Ontario GDP. Ontario GDP = Chicago GDP Ontario: 13,210,667 -- 917,741 sq.km Chicago: 2,853,114 (city) -- 606.1 sq.km Quebec GDP = Detroit GDP Quebec: 7,886,108 -- 1,365,128 sq.km Detroit: 910,920 (city) -- 370.4 sq.km Toronto GDP = Detroit GDP = U.A.E GDP (approx.) Montreal GDP = Cairo GDP = Peru GDP (approx.) Yet you have cities like Tokyo and New York that have GDP larger than Canada's GDP and other nations. Tokyo / New York = India's GDP.