Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories

Index of change of population, index

Index of change refers to the variation of, for example, prices or wages as compared with a chosen base period. The base period is often represented by 100. The index acts as a statistical yardstick which is expressed in terms of percentages. Thus, an index number of 146 would indicate that the current period is 46% higher than in the base period.

Population refers to the total membership, based on specific characteristics, of a group of people, objects or events at a given time and within a particular geographic area.

The data for this variable are reported using the following measurements:

  • Index using the value of a base year made equal to 100
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