hi, everyone...thoughts and comments
Barring a closing of our borders, it's inevitable that Canada will take in a fair bit of over population from overseas. Even excluding the Canadian Shield and the northern 80% of our land mass, Canada would still rank as a large country. A case in point, southern Ontario alone is the same size as England. The southern prairie could support 5 times its current population and still be relatively empty.well the question is about Canada.. not the whole planet..
Quite right. The world in the 21st century isn't as dependent on agricultural land as before, but it's still important. I posted this a few weeks ago and thought it would fit here too. The Canadian prairie is a lot bigger than the part we're currently using. With the 6-10C temperature rise predicted in this part of the country by 2100, this region could experience a big spike in population. The current population of the 'red' swath sits at about 6.4 million, just a hair more than Toronto.I think we can absolutely increase our population, but don't forget that most of our population lives within a 200 mile range from the USA border. The further north you go, the thinner and less arable the soil is. You cannot just take the size of the country and divide it by the number of people to get an accurate idea of how densely populated it is.
Well there are a lot of minerals that needs being extracted there, and with that comes infrastructure. So, that is one reason the North's population will grow. ANother reason - correct me if I am wrong - but there is a push to populate the North and get infrastructure there so to better protect our territories.unfortunately we can't hold the pop from growing in the major cities and unless there is some huge business investments I don't see people would move to the northern regions of the country.
Especially with the Bridge over the Mackenzie River now, there isn't a seasonal demand anymore (Well, there is, but it's steady transportation-wise now).Yes it's in our national interest to settle and populate as much of our territory as possible. The impetus is for national security, to further our claims in the Arctic, and to unlock the vast economic potential of the northern half of our country.
The north has tremendous natural resource wealth, but without roads, ports, and infrastructure it's very difficult to make economical. We're slowly moving ever further north with Alberta leading the way. The oil sands has led to a population boom in Ft. Mac and with that has come development. It's not hard to see the links between Ft. Mac and Yellowknife getting stronger and stronger.
I wouldn't be surprised to see 1 million people living north of Edmonton within a few decades. That whole red swath in the map I posted above could see huge population gains over the coming decades.
Funnily enough, despite it's 50+ million population England is surprisingly empty and also manages to grow a good chunk of it's food.Barring a closing of our borders, it's inevitable that Canada will take in a fair bit of over population from overseas. Even excluding the Canadian Shield and the northern 80% of our land mass, Canada would still rank as a large country. A case in point, southern Ontario alone is the same size as England. The southern prairie could support 5 times its current population and still be relatively empty.