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For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2008

Peelís 2006 Census Shows Growth and Housing Challenges

BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 13, 2008) Ė The Region of Peel presents highlights from the 2006 Census. The latest census results include data on Aboriginal population, employment and education, visible minorities and ethnic origins, and income, earnings and shelter costs. Growth was driven primarily by immigration. Peel had the highest percentage of foreign trained individuals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) between the ages of 25 and 64 years old.

"Peel Region is blessed with skilled, foreign trained individuals as a result of immigration," said Arvin Prasad, Region of Peel's Director of Planning Policy and Research.† "Industry leaders should recognize this untapped wealth of human resources and work towards integrating these skilled individuals with the needs of their businesses."

Important census findings include:

  • Peelís population grew by 17.2 per cent (or 170,457 people) between years 2001 to 2006 to 1,159,405 in year 2006. However, the total population for Peel in year 2006 was approximately 1,219,656 people. This second total considers Census Canadaís undercount rate that includes missing population during the census data collection.
  • Peel had the highest percentage of visible minorities (50 per cent, up from 38 per cent in year 2001) in the GTA, followed by Toronto (47 per cent).
  • One in four residents identified themselves as South Asian, making it the most common visible minority group in Peel.

"The refined data that Peel Data Centre provides offers a snapshot of the make-up of the Regionís population and what social challenges we face," said Ron Jaros, Manager of Research and Information, Region of Peel. "The data helps us identify how and where resources should be allocated and how to plan for changes in our demographics."

Additional highlights include:

  • 83 per cent of the employed labour force travelled to work in private vehicles compared to the GTA average of 72 per cent.
  • One in five Mississauga residents travelled to work using sustainable modes of transport that includes public transit, walking and cycling. For Brampton and Caledon, the figure is one in 10 and one in 20 people respectively.
  • Nearly one in five children age 0 to 5 years old live in low income. (2005 income data)
  • One in eight seniors age 65 years and older live in low income. (2005 income data)
  • In 2005, 43 per cent of tenant households and 29 per cent of owner households spent more than 30 per cent of their household income on shelter payments. In year 2000, this was 38 per cent and 22 per cent respectively. Housing becomes unaffordable when households spend over 30 per cent of total income on shelter payments, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
  • Mississauga had the highest incidence of low income (16 per cent) followed by Brampton (14 per cent) and Caledon (4 per cent).
  • Peel had the highest proportion of households with six or more people compared to the GTA. Growth in multiple family households was twice as fast as growth in all households.

For detailed breakdowns, charts, maps and additional data, please visit the Peel Data Centre website at www.peeldatacentre.ca

Census data information was provided by Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Canada.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.



Ken Chiu
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4338

Arvin Prasad
Director, Planning, Policy and Research
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4251

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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