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Mayors from The Americas, Europe. Asia, Australia and Africa are competing for the annual World Mayor Award. More

City Mayors ranks the world’s largest as well as richest cities and urban areas. It also ranks the cities in individual countries, and provides a list of the capital cities of some 200 sovereign countries. More

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More Canadians prefer
to live in towns and cities

Canada's urbanization is continuing. In 2001, 79.4 per cent of Canadians lived in an urban centre of 10,000 people or more, compared with 78.5 per cent in 1996. Outside the urban centres, the population of rural and small-town areas declined by 0.4 per cent.

In 2001, just over 64 per cent of the Canada's population, or about 19,297,000 people, lived in the 27 metropolitan areas (figures for which are shown below: they correspond with wider agglomerations, not the cities proper, the numbers for which are given in the CityMayors list of the 300 largest cities in the world), up slightly from 63 per cent in 1996. Seven of these 27 areas saw their populations grow at a rate of at least double the national average. The strongest rise, by far, occurred in Calgary.

From 1996 to 2001, Canada's population concentrated further in four broad urban regions: the extended Golden Horseshoe in southern Ontario; Montréal and environs; British Columbia's Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island; and the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. In 2001, 51 per cent of Canada's population lived in these regions, compared with 49 per cent in 1996. Source: StatCan

Canada's largest cities
Rank City Province Population
1 Toronto Ontario 4,263,000
2 Montréal Quebec 3.327.000
3 Vancouver British Columbia 1,832,000
4 Ottawa Ontario 1,010,000
5 Edmonton Alberta 863.000
6 Calgary Alberta 822,000
7 Quebéc Quebec 672,000
8 Winnipeg Manitoba 667,000
9 Hamilton Ontario 624,000
10 London Ontario 399,000
11 Kitchener Ontario 383,000
12 St Catharines-Niagara Ontario 372,000
13 Halifax Nova Scotia 333,000
14 Victoria British Columbia 304,000
15 Windsor Ontario 279,000
16 Oshawa Ontario 269,000
17 Saskatoon Saskatchewan 219,000
18 Regina Saskatchewan 194,000
19 St John's Newfoundland 174,000
20 Sudbury Ontario 160,000
21 Chicoutimi Quebec 160,000
22 Sherbrooke Quebec 147,000
23 Kingston Ontario 143,000
24 Trois-Rivières Quebec 140,000
25 Kelowna British Columbia 137,000
26 Abbotsford British Columbia 136,000
27 Saint John New Brunswick 126,000
28 Thunder Bay Ontario 126,000
29 Barrie Ontario 119,000
30 Sydney Nova Scotia 118,000

Cities by size: 1 to 150 | 151 to 300 | 301 to 450 | 451 to 550 |
Cities in alphabetical order: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |
Cities by countries: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |

The nominees for the 2012 World Mayor Prize have been announced. VOTE NOW FOR THE WINNER

World Mayor

The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank for local government, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. The winner receives the artistically acclaimed World Mayor trophy, while the two runner-ups are given the World Mayor Commendation.

Mayors wishing to be considered for the World Mayor Prize will be asked to sign up to the City Mayors' Code of Ethics

2012 timetable
Nominations were accepted until the 17 May 2012. A shortlist of 25 nominees was published on 18 June. VOTING IS NOW TAKING PLACE and will continue until the middle of October. The winner of the 2012 World Mayor Prize and other results of the World Mayor Project will be announced in early December 2012.

Winners and runners-up
2004 to 2010

In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana, Albania); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City, Mexico); In third place: Walter Veltroni (Rome, Italy)
In 2005: Winner: Dora Bakoyannis (Athens, Greece); Runner-up: Hazel McCallion (Mississauga, Canada); In third place: Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
In 2006: Winner: John So (Melbourne, Australia); Runner up: Job Cohen (Amsterdam, Netherland); In third place: Stephen Reed (Harrisburg, USA)
In 2008: Winner: Helen Zille (Cape Town, South Africa); Runner up: Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich, Switzerland); In third place: Leopoldo López (Chacao, Venezuela)
In 2010: Winner: Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico); Runner-up: Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City, USA); In third place: Domenico Lucano (Riace, Italy)