Lecture 14 urban canada oct. 31st 2012. Urban in canada: settlements of 1,000 (vs. 2000 in the us) Census metropolitan area (cma) urban core population of at least 100,000 people; currently there are 33 cma"s in canada which make up 65% of the population. 80: late 1920"s 50% of canadians were classed as urban, late 1960"s over 50% of canadians were living in cma"s (there were only. 18 cma"s at this time: late 1970"s over 50% of canadians were classed as living in suburban areas (i. e. living outside older central city areas) 80: mercantile stage (up to the end of the 18th century): cities & towns were imperial outposts with military/administrative functions in colonial context. There were more commercial interests (such as wholesaling and retail), which underlies city growth and function: industrial stage (late 19th century to 1960"s): urban growth and urbanization driven by manufacturing (industrial capitalism). There was an emergence of a national network of transportation/communications.