Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

Catalogue number: Catalogue number: 11-629-x

Issue number: 2017005

Release date: June 26, 2017
Behind every number: A portrait of Canada - Transcript

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(The Statistics Canada symbol and Canada wordmark appear on screen with the title: "Behind every number: A portrait of Canada")

All across Canada, every day, things are changing.

(Landscapes of Canada appear such as a field, a lake, a city, and icy mountain terrains.)

Our population is increasing faster than it has in almost fifty years.

(A woman holds a baby in her arms. Numbers increase from 1971: 21,568,000 to 2016: 35,151,728)

Some of us were born here, and so were our parents and grandparents. We have strong connections to our land and history.

(Indigenous person walks alongside a lake, on-screen text appears: 600+ First Nations bands in Canada)

And some of us chose to come here from other places, to find work, to chase a dream, to build a better life.

(People in an airport, on-screen text appears: 1 in 5 people in Canada was born elsewhere and a man opens up a garage door.)

Canadians now live and work in cities and urban areas.

(Fast-forward shot of people walking on a busy intersection in a city and the following text appears: 7 of 10 Canadians live in cities.)

We work hard so that at the end of the day, we can play hard too.

(An office building is shown and the following text appears: Median total income of couples: $78,870; then, we see a couple kiss.)

Go watch the game and cheer for the home team.

(Outdoor hockey game is taking place, and the following text appears: 77% of Canadians believe that hockey is an important national symbol.)

See a play, or a movie, or take the kids to a concert.

(Mother, father and daughter watch a movie at the theatre.)

Many of us also live in rural settings.

(Top view of a farm with the following text: over 6.3 million Canadians live in rural areas.)

Some of us work on farms, growing food for tables at home and around the world.

(Combine harvester on a farm, and the following text appears with a pie chart animation: Cropland makes up 54.6% of total farmland.)

And we're doing it without increasing how much water we use.

(Sprinkler appears on-screen, and the following text appears: 1.7 billion cubic metres of water used to irrigate crops.)

That's good news for our most precious natural resources, and our environment.

(Rapids and landscapes of mountains appear on-screen.)

But we don't just grow things in Canada.We make things here, too.

(Man in a factory holds a ring, and the following text appears: Sales of transportation equipment: $113 billion.)

Like cars, and parts for airplanes, and metals to build products here and abroad.

(A man inspecting part of an airplane with the following text appears: Aerospace production: $19.9 billion.)

But what binds us together is our shared values. Canadians know that access to healthcare is the greatest gift of all.

(Older man opening the door to his home to a nurse, with the following text appearing: over 25 million have family physician.)

And ours is a country where education matters.

(Classroom appears; circles appear above desks that read: Diploma; the text on-screen reads: 9 in 10 Canadians aged 25 to 64 have completed high school.)

Where children have the opportunity to learn and grow.

(Little girl is writing on a piece of paper.)

Where higher learning and research are valued and taken seriously.

(An open book appears with the following text: 2 out of 3 Canadians aged 25 to 64 have completed postsecondary education.)

How do we know all of this? Because behind every number, there's a person, a family, a relationship. Together, we write Canada's story.

(Various scenes of cities, landscapes, families, and the little girl as she writes on the floor.)

(Canada 150 logo appears.)

(Canada wordmark appears.)

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