The area that stretches around the western end of Lake Ontario has long been known as “the golden horsehoe”, an industrial and economic powerhouse of Canada, with Toronto at the centre and with rich agricultural lands around it, especially in the Niagara peninsula.
A new study shows both the city and the region, are the fastest growing places in North America, surpassing the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington area of the U.S. in 2019
The study from Toronto’s Ryerson University used statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau released in May and Statistics Canada’s February report for the comparable 12-month period ending July 1, 2019. This showed that the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA) grew by127,575 residents compared to 117,380 new residents in the Dallas/Ft Worth/Arlington area.
The study by the university’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development (CUR), placed Montreal as sixth fastest growing area of the 20 on the list. It was preceded by four other American urban centres, the Dallas region in second, followed by Phoenix. Houston, and Atlanta areas.
Vancouver’s (region) growth was 12th on the list with Calgary and Edmonton at 18 and 19 on the list of 20.
Perhaps surprisingly the largest metropolitan areas in N.America, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles did not make the list as they all recorded population declines
In terms of the cities proper, five of the fastest growth cities in N. America were Canadian with Toronto again at the top followed by Montreal, Phoenix Arizona, Calgary, Ottawa, and Edmonton.
Toronto proper gained 45,742 residents in the survey year with most of the growth in the city and region coming from immigration Toronto’s population is now almost 3 million, In 2016 the population of the GTHA was almost seven million.
Toronto is Canada’s most populous, and diverse city, with the GTHA the most densely populated region and Ontario with a population of almost 15 million (out of a national population of over 37 million) is the most populous province almost double that of the next most populous province, Quebec.