Vancouver 2010 Winter Games by the numbers

Canada welcomes the world in 2010! The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.

The Government of Canada’s official website for the 2010 Winter Games is canada2010.gc.ca/index-eng.cfm.

The official Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games website is www.vancouver2010.com.

Here are selected facts related to Canada, the host city and province, and winter sports.

(Note: This feature is under constant development. New information will be added as the date of the 2010 Winter Games approaches.)

Torch relay
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began in Victoria, British Columbia, on October 30, 2009 and will end at the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver on February 12, 2010. The lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at the opening ceremony signals the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

For data on communities on the route (including demographics, languages spoken, income, education and employment levels), see Community Profiles, Census tract profiles, Census maps (Atlas of Canada) or GeoSearch.

Host city
2,116,581 — The population of the census metropolitan area (CMA) of Vancouver, the host city for the 2010 Winter Games.

9,248 — The population of the district municipality of Whistler, the site of many of the 2010 Winter Games’ competitions.

Source: 2006 Community profiles. Data are also available at the city and health region level.

See also: Links to 2006 Census information in Statistics Canada’s Media Room.

4,479,934 — The population of the province of British Columbia as of October 1, 2009.

33,873,357 — The population of Canada as of October 1, 2009.

Source: “Canada’s population estimates,” The Daily, Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

See also: Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2009.

Much more to come!
This feature is under constant development. New information will be added as the date of the 2010 Winter Games approaches.

For information on the Government of Canada’s participation in the 2010 Winter Games, contact Canadian Heritage Media Relations (819-994-9101; toll-free 1 866 569-6155; media@pch.gc.ca).

You can find more details at: http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr08/smr08_133-eng.htm

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