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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 10 months ago

Why is the population of Canada so small for a country that is huge?

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  • Greg
    Lv 6
    10 months ago
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    Because large swaths of Canada are uninhabitable.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Much of the country is located far north and has very cold winters.

  • 10 months ago

    Two words. Too cold.

  • 10 months ago

    In large part because of its glacial history.  The soil is unworthy of farming for much of the country. This forces people to survive on other resources, so while coastal communities can survive on sea-based food sources, everywhere else has to trade something of value for food, and that requires a large permanent infrastructure that is costly to create and maintain.

    It isn't just the cold or simply the cold that is the problem.  It is that the terrain does not provide enough food or ways to generate food, and that is because of the poor quality of the soil.  The cold does add to it though.  It is essentially the same problem in Norway, for example, or even upstate Maine, or parts of Alaska.  People cannot settle in large numbers without adequate food supplies, and it has only been very recently that technologies have allowed us to settle in any significant numbers where much of the food is not derived locally..So we humans didn't settle in such places in large numbers.

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  • 10 months ago

    You can wait until the Earth's axis of rotation shifts to the Congo and Hawai'i, then you will see Canada improve when it becomes an equatorial country.  Oops, I forgot about that permafrost melting, all the trapped methane going up and doing climate change.  Canada will be shrinking to the size of Texas. 

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Most of Canada is not a good place for humans.   Too much ice and snow.

  • 10 months ago

    Hostile terrain. Same as Alaska.

  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    There is a lot of wild countryside in the country. Australia is the same.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world. But 88 percent of it is considered 'uninhabitable' and useless for any purpose other than growing trees or mining the vast mineral resources, most of which are under snow and ice and barely touched.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Because a lot of the landmass isn't ideal for colonisation. 

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