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Unit 1 Canada On The World Stage. Curriculum Outcomes – 1.1. Area. Canada (9,992,000 Square Km ) is one of the world’s largest countries, second only to Russia (17,705,000 Square Km ). Population.

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Unit 1 canada on the world stage

Unit 1Canada On The World Stage

Curriculum Outcomes – 1.1


  • Canada (9,992,000 Square Km ) is one of the world’s largest countries, second only to Russia (17,705,000 Square Km )


  • Compared to most countries of the world, Canada’s population is relatively small. In 2005, our population totaled 32,000,000 people. That means only 1 out of 200 people in the world live in Canada.

Population density

Population Density

Population density is the relationship between a country and its population. It is calculated by taking its population and dividing its area (people/area) and is expressed as p/km2 .

We must remember that calculating population density doesn’t mean there is that exact amount of people living in each square KM. Certain areas of the country may be sparsely populated, while other sections such as cities may be heavily populated.


  • Canadians, on average, have higher incomes then most other people living in different parts of the world. In fact only seven countries have higher average incomes.

  • Even lower income Canadians may be considered wealthy in some parts of Asia, Africa, or Central America.

  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a commonly used measurement of a country’s wealth.

  • GDP is the value of all goods and services produced in the country in a year.

  • When the GDP is divided by the country’s population, the result is an indication of the average wealth per person.

  • People living in countries with a high GDP probably are better able to afford the basics of life, such as food, shelter, clothing, etc

  • The world average for GDP was $8800 in 2004.

  • Canada’s average in 2004 was $31,500