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March 13, 2007

Welcome to Ottawa, population 1,130,761

The first results from the 2006 Census were released today, focusing mainly on population size across Canada. The quick numbers for Ottawa-Gatineau:
  • Population in 2006: 1,130,761 (up from 1,067,800 in 2001 - or over 60,000 more residents)
  • Ottawa only: 846,802
  • Gatineau only: 283,959
  • Total private dwellings: 478,242
  • Population for square kilometre: 197.8
  • Since 2001, Gatineau's population has grown faster (+8.5%) than Ottawa (+5.0%). Statistics Canada says that Gatineau's higher growth rate is largely attributable Ontario residents moving across the Ottawa River into Quebec.
  • Ottawa-Gatineau is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Canada, after Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Check out this flash animation showing Ottawa's population growth from 1971-2006.

Related: Ottawa Guide

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