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For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2012

2011 Census: Peel Residents Are Still the Youngest in the GTA

BRAMPTON, ON. (June 19, 2012) –The Region of Peel's median age is still the lowest in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), according to the 2011 Census. Peel also has the highest proportion of children aged 0 to 14 years and the lowest proportion of seniors (ages 65+) in the GTA.

Highlights of Peel's population from the 2011 Census data release for Age and Sex include:

  • Median age in Peel was 36.9 years, the lowest in the GTA
  • 49.1 per cent of Peel'S population in May 2011 were male and 50.9 per cent were female
  • Peel had 29.2 per cent more people entering the workforce (aged 15 to 24) than leaving (55 to 64), compared to the GTA that had 15.8 per cent more people entering the workforce than leaving
  • Peel Region has the second highest proportion of children aged 0 to 4 (6.1 percent) and the highest proportion of the population aged 0 to 14 (19.7 per cent) in the GTA
  • Peel'S population aged 65+ makes up 10.5 per cent of the total population, which is the lowest in the GTA; however, it grew by 30 per cent from 2006 to 2011
  • There are 115 centenarians (aged 100+) in Peel, up from 85 in 2006

"The Census results confirm Peel as a chosen destination for young families," said Regional Chair and CEO Emil Kolb. "Peel is a vibrant, culturally diverse and growing community of more than 1.3 million people. This provides us with economically competitive opportunities, while it also continuously challenges us to meet a growing, complex set of social and infrastructure needs."

Working Age Population

The population aged 15 to 64 in Peel accounted for 69.9 per cent of Peel's total population. The same age group accounted for 69.7 per cent of the GTA's total population.

"With Peel's young population it is no wonder that we have a much higher proportion of people entering the workforce (aged 15 to 24) than leaving (55 to 64)," said Arvin Prasad, Director of the Integrated Planning Division. "Immigration and the tendency of young families to move to the suburbs are key factors influencing Peel's young population."

Mississauga's population aged 15 to 64 accounted for 70.5 per cent of the city's population and 55.5 per cent of Peel's population aged 15 to 64. Brampton'spopulation aged 15 to 64 accounted for 69.1 per cent of its total population and 40 per cent of Peel's population aged 15 to 64. Caledon's population aged 15 to 64 accounted for 68.5 per cent of their population and 4.5 per cent of Peel's 15 to 64 population.

Children and Seniors

Almost one out of five people were aged 0 to 14 (19.7 per cent)in Peel, the highest proportion in the GTA. From 2006 to 2011, the population aged 0 to 14 grew 4.1 per cent overall in Peel, compared to 2.3 per cent in the GTA; in Brampton, this group grew 15.1 per cent, while it declined 3.3 per cent in Mississauga and 5.6 per cent in Caledon.

Just over one in 10 people in Peel (10.5 per cent of population) were aged 65+, compared to 12.8 per cent in the GTA. This group also experienced the largest growth (30 per cent) in Peel. Population aged 65+ also grew 24 per cent in Mississauga, 41 per cent in Brampton, and 33.5 per cent in Caledon. The number of those 65+ in the GTA grew by 16.5 per cent. Peel had the second highest growth in population aged 65+ in the GTA.

For more information including graphics and data tables, please visit the Peel Data Centre at peeldatacentre.ca.

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 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.

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



Arvin Prasad
Director, Integrated Planning
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4251

Natalia Villegas
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478

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



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