This article contains wording that promotes the subject in a subjective manner without imparting real information. (May 2021)
The Century Initiative (French: Initiative du Siècle) is a Canadian charity that aims to increase Canada's population to 100 million by 2100. This would include increasing the population of "Mega-regions", such as the Greater Toronto Area, from 8.8 to 33.5 million, the Greater Vancouver region, from 3.3 to 11.9 million, and the National Capital Region, from 1.4 to 4.8 million. Century Initiative forecasts predict that without changes to Canadian immigration policy, the population of Canada will increase to only 53 million people by the end of the century. The Century Initiative intends to reach its population goal by reversing the falling fertility rate, investing in economic development around "mega-regions", and through a massive increase in immigration.
|BN 843519638 RR0001|
|Focus||Population growth, immigration|
|Lisa Lalande, CEO
Mark Wiseman, chair of the boardDominic Barton, co-founder
The Century Initiative was co-founded by Mark Wiseman and Dominic Barton, who also led the Trudeau government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. The Initiative is supported by former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and by influential Liberal Party advisors and ministers including former Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains and former Minister of Finance Bill Morneau.
In March 2021, The Globe and Mail hosted a virtual event in partnership with the Century Initiative examining key indicators of the Century Initiative’s progress towards growing Canada’s population to 100 million by the year 2100. The Century Initiative has been written about by columnists including Andrew Coyne, Terence Corcoran, and Doug Saunders, who subsequently authored the book Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough.
Connections to BlackRockEdit
The Century Initiative Board of Directors is chaired by co-founder Mark Wiseman, who was BlackRock's Global Head of Active Equities and ran Blackrock's Alternative Investment division at the time that the Initiative was founded BlackRock's Alternative Investment division includes the firm's international real estate investment portfolio and is reported to be actively purchasing single family homes. The Century Initiative's co-founder, Dominic Barton, is married to Geraldine Buckingham, BlackRock's Asia Pacific chief, which has previously generated conflict of interest concerns.
The Century Initiative envisions the Canada of 2100 as a nation of mega-regions, which it defines interlocking areas with more than one city centre and a typical population of 5 million or more.
|Mega-region||2016 population||2100 population (goal)||Population change|
- "Who We Are". www.centuryinitiative.ca.
- "CI report" (PDF). uploads-ssl.webflow.com. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
- "Influential Liberal advisers want Canadian population to triple by 2100". Global News.
- ""UNMASKING THE FUTURE 2021 Environmental Scan"" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-08-19.
- "Dominic Barton - Co-Founder & Former Board Member".
- "Advisory Council on Economic Growth".
- "It's time for Canada to focus on expanding our population" – via The Globe and Mail.
- "Finance Minister's key advisers want 100M Canadians by 2100". 23 October 2016.
- "Supporting a growing Canadian population" – via The Globe and Mail.
- "Century Initiative and The Globe and Mail present People and Prosperity: Planning for Canadian Growth". www.centuryinitiative.ca.
- "Andrew Coyne: Increased immigration is good for Canada — and the reasons aren't only economic".
- "Terence Corcoran: 100 million Canadians? We could only hope".
- "Maximum Canada by Doug Saunders: 9780735273108 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books".
- "Canada needs to get to 100 million people by 2100: BlackRock's Wiseman". 21 August 2022.
- "Mark Wiseman leaving BlackRock after failing to disclose 'consensual relationship' with colleague".
- "Alternative Investments".
- "If You Sell a House These Days, the Buyer Might be a Pension Fund". Wall Street Journal. 4 April 2021.
- <url=https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/09/18/canadas-new-ambassador-to-china-was-already-facing-questions-for-his-business-ties-his-marriage-is-raising-more.html%7Ctitle =Canada’s new ambassador to China was already facing questions for his business ties. His marriage is raising more|accessed=19 August 2022>