Essay on Population Growth And Its Effects On The Environment

1461 Words Oct 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Population growth is a large contributor to environmental depletion, as there is a larger effects of food sources, and more pollution created. It is clear that populations and negative impacts on the environment are increasing at record rates, but for what reasons are populations multiplying so rapidly, especially in countries with low fertility rates? Although population growth is a phenomenon occurring globally, this essay will address this question by focusing in on a smaller scale, within Canada. Examining the 2006 and 2011 Guelph Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), in comparison to that of Barrie, Ontario’s, a more local level study can be conducted. Then, by centering in on the trends of six demographic attributes- sex, age, language, mobility status, immigrant status, and visible minority population, conclusions are able to be made about the populations based on visible patterns.

Being considered a core country, Canada has a lower fertility rate (1.52 in 2011) than that of most countries. Despite this, the population has continued to grow, especially is certain areas such as southern Ontario. Therefore, Guelph and Barrie are ideal locations for this type of study as they are each situated only an hour’s drive from Toronto, the capital city of Ontario. These cities are also ideal as they come in among the highest CMA ranking cities within Ontario in terms of population growth. In 2006 Guelph has a population of 114,940 people, while Barrie had 128,430. Within the years…

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