Canada Land use Stats


  • Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Other: The percentage share of used land that is not arable or under permanent crops. This includes permanent meadows and pastures, forests and woodlands, built-on areas, roads, barren land, etc.
  • Permanent crops: The percentage share of used land on which permanent crops are grown. This is land cultivated for crops that are not replanted after each harvest like citrus, coffee, and rubber. It includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber.
Arable land 4.3% 2013 156th out of 246
Other 95.2% 2011 77th out of 245
Permanent crops 0.49% 2013 145th out of 247

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011



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In response to anonymous' question: what is the other in Canada's land use category? It appears that since Canada’s total ecumene, this is a countries total arable land and land suitable for the sustainment of a country, is approximately 4.73% of the total land area, the 95.2% of land which falls into the other category is the remainder of Canada’s total land. This is land that is not suitable for large scale farming, or habitation due to environmental factors including environmental harshness (arctic tundra), prevalence of permafrost, short growing season, poor soil conditions, lack of water, dominance of boreal forest and in many arctic and shield (see Canadian Shield) environments the lack of soil, soil depth, soil drainage and area needed to grow. These factors are all factors that contribute to the overall hostile (to human establishment) environment that is present in a sub arctic climate. These factors have resulted in Canada’s primary population base being located in the lower regions of the country, with the most populated areas falling into the St. Laurence lowlands of Ontario and Quebec which have the kind of favorable climate, as well as growing season and soil conditions that is conducive to large human settlements. It should also be noted that, partially due to Canada’s small ecumene and, despite what many may think, Canada is classified as a primarily urbanized country due to it's sparse yet concentrated (relatively dense) settlement patterns.

Posted on 05 Jun 2014




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