Other figures released by the CWTA include the number of short code text messages sent. These are messages used for commercial purposes or for charity. 2.8 billion of those messages were sent in 2011 in Canada. The number of personal text messages sent up north in Canada has quadrupled since 2008. While that sounds like a huge increase, since 2006 that figure has risen by 20 times.
source: CTVNews via Textually.org