1951 Canadian Census

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1951 Canadian Census
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General information
CountryCanada
Date taken1951
Total population14,009,429
Percent changeIncrease 21.8%

The Canada 1951 Census was a detailed enumeration of the Canadian population. The total population count was 14,009,429, representing a 21.8% increase over the 1941 Census population count of 11,506,655.[1] The 1951 Census was the ninth comprehensive decennial census since Canadian Confederation on 1 July 1867. The following national census was the 1956 Census, the first mid-decade census to cover the entire country.

This was the first census to include Newfoundland, having joined Confederation only two years prior.

Population by province[edit]

Province 1951 Census[1] 1941 Census[1] Difference % Change
Newfoundland 361,416 Joined Confederation in 1949
Prince Edward Island 98,429 95,047 3,382 3.6%
Nova Scotia 642,584 577,962 64,622 11.2%
New Brunswick 515,697 457,401 58,296 12.7%
Quebec 4,055,681 3,331,882 723,799 21.7%
Ontario 4,597,542 3,787,655 809,887 21.4%
Manitoba 776,541 729,744 46,797 6.4%
Saskatchewan 831,728 895,992 -64,264 -7.2%
Alberta 939,501 796,169 143,332 18.0%
British Columbia 1,165,210 817,861 347,349 42.5%
Yukon Territory 9,096 4,914 4,182 85.1%
Northwest Territories 16,004 12,028 3,976 33.1%
Total 14,009,429 11,506,655 2,502,774 21.8%

Ontario added the largest number of new residents since the 1941 census, while British Columbia saw the highest growth rate among the provinces, becoming the first western province to reach one million inhabitants. Saskatchewan experienced a second consecutive decade of population decline, falling behind both Alberta and British Columbia in size.

Population by religion[edit]

Denomination Population[2] % of total
Roman Catholic 6,069,496 43.3%
United Church 2,867,271 20.5%
Anglican 2,060,720 14.7%
Presbyterian 781,747 5.6%
Baptist 519,585 3.7%
Lutheran 444,923 3.2%
Jewish 204,836 1.5%
Ukrainian (Greek) Catholic 190,831 1.4%
Greek Orthodox 172,271 1.2%
Mennonite 125,938 0.9%
Pentecostal 95,131 0.7%
Salvation Army 70,275 0.5%
Evangelical 50,900 0.4%
Jehovah's Witnesses 34,596 0.2%
Mormon 32,888 0.2%
No religion 59,679 0.4%
Other/not recorded 260,625 1.9%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Historical Statistics of Canada: Population and Migration". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Table A164-184, Principal religious denominations of the population, census dates 1871 to 1971". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 18 November 2016.