April 25, 1974 (29th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of State for Urban Affairs)


Mr. Basford:

Mr. Chairman, the hon. member for Scarborough West touched on this point earlier and there is on record what is meant by this definition in the act. For the benefit of the hon. member, Statistics Canada has defined an urban area to include, "(1) incorporated cities, towns and villages with a population of 1,000 or over." I suggest that the bill will therefore apply to any legal entity incorporated as such town or village. Then the second definition is: "(2) unincorporated places of 1,000 or over, having a population density of at least 1,000 per square mile; (3) the urbanized fringe of (1) and (2) ..." That would include places with a density of population of at least 1,000 per square mile. As far as I can determine, this definition will encompass all inhabited areas of this country where it is appropriate that this bill should apply. We have calculated that within the Canadian Transport Commission's jurisdiction there are 672 such urban areas. Obviously, an urban area may include many municipalities, as there are many more than 672 municipalities in Canada.
After examining various definitions of urban area, we settled on that definition, being satisfied that it applies to those areas of habitation supplied with railway facilities, areas to which the procedures set out in the bill and the regulations can apply.

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