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For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2012

2011 Census: Peel Region’s Population Continues to Grow and Change

BRAMPTON, ON. (Oct. 5, 2012) – The latest release of the 2011 Census data reports that 70.2 per cent of married couples and 48.8 per cent of common law partners live with children in Peel Region. These are the highest proportions of couples with children in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  

Other highlights of Peel’s population from the 2011 Census data release for families, households and marital status, and structural type of dwelling and collectives include:

  • 41 per cent of Peel Region households are comprised of four or more people
  • The number of children aged 25+ living at home in Peel increased by 28.7 per cent since 2006
  • Single-parent families in Peel have increased by 20.5 per cent
  • The number of people living alone increased by 17.8 per cent in Peel
  • Peel had an average of 1.4 children per census family
  • Over 55 per cent of people aged 15 years and older were married in Peel
  • Peel had the highest proportion of married couples with children in the GTA

“As the 2011 Census data has shown, Peel has the second largest population as well as the youngest population in the GTA,” said Regional Chair and CEO Emil Kolb. “This provides us with economic opportunities as well as constant challenges to meet the needs of a vibrant, culturally diverse and growing community of more than 1.3 million people.”

Families, Households and Marital Status
The 2011 Census release shows that census families in Peel have increased by 11.7 per cent (to 361,975). A census family is defined as a married couple or common law couple (same sex included) and their children, if any, of either or both partners. Single-parents living with at least one child and grandparents living with children, in cases where no parent is present, are also considered a census family. A child may be by birth, marriage or adoption.

In Peel, there were 494,000 children living at home, up 11.2 per cent from 2006 with an average of 1.4 children per census family. From 2006 to 2011, children living at home aged 0 to 17 grew by 5.6 per cent. Children aged 18 to 24 living at home grew by 18.1 per cent.  

Single-parent families have increased by 20.5 per cent in Peel. 81.7 per cent of those single-parent families were female and 18.3 per cent were male. In the GTA, single-parent families increased by 14.8 per cent.

Structural Type of Dwelling and Collectives
In May 2011, there were 1.3 million people living in private households in Peel, an increase of 11.9 per cent from the 1.2 million recorded in 2006. In Peel, the number of one-family households grew 10 per cent from 2006 to 2011, while multiple family households grew 21.8 per cent, and non-family households – people who live alone or a group of more than two people who share a dwelling, but are not a census family – grew 18.8 per cent.

Number of people living in Peel households:
In 2011, there were 402,935 households in Peel and 2,167,105 households in the GTA, a 12.2 per cent and 10.2 per cent increase, respectively since 2006. Peel had an average of 3.6 persons living in single-detached dwellings, 3.5 persons in semi-detached dwellings, 3.1 persons in row houses and 2.5 persons in apartments.

Peel Region had the second highest growth rate of apartments in the GTA. Peel has seen a small decrease in proportion of single-detached dwellings and a small increase in semi-detached dwellings, row houses and apartments.

More information about how families are formed and other demographic information for Peel will be released by the National Household Survey in phases, starting May 2013. “The shift from the mandatory long form census to a voluntary survey has led to concerns about data quality. The quality of the data may have significant impacts on Peel’s ability to provide and plan for services and to understand and plan for its population,” said Arvin Prasad, Director, Integrated Planning, Region of Peel.

Peel Region reported information on population and dwellings counts in February and Age and Sex in May. Information about language from the 2011 Census will be released in October.

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

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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