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Population Change

The number of people that usually live in an area.

Key Highlights

  • Peel’s population continues to grow.
  • In the first quarter of 2020, the total population in Peel Region was estimated at 1.50 million persons, 0.5 per cent higher than in the first quarter of 2019.
  • There was population growth in all three local municipalities.
  • The halt in immigration due to the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to result in slower population growth in upcoming quarters.

Population with Undercount

In Q1 2020, total population in Peel (including undercount) was 1.5 million persons, 0.5 per cent above total population in Q1 2019.

This means that an additional 10,319 persons moved to Peel between Q1 2019 and Q1 2020.

The increase in Peel’s population reflected growth in all three local municipalities as follows:

Estimated Population Without Undercount

Excluding estimated undercount, Peel’s total population stood at approximately 1.45 million persons in the first quarter of 2020, distributed across Peel’s municipalities as follows:

The continued increase in Peel’s population reflects the benefits from its many strategic advantages including its location and a well-developed road and transportation network, which make it an attractive location to new residents.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting halt in immigration is expected to result Influence a temporary slowdown in Peel’s population growth in 2020.

As COVID-19 restrictions are gradually eased and immigration restarts, Peel’s population is expected to return to its long-term growth path towards a total population of approximately 2 million by 2041.

2019 Review

At the end of 2019, (Q4 2019), total population in Peel (including undercount) was 1.49 million, 0.7 per cent above total population in Q4 2018, distributed among local municipalities as follows:

Excluding estimated undercount, Peel’s total population stood at approximately 1.45 million in Q4 2019, distributed across Peel’s municipalities as follows:

1Not all residents complete the population census and therefore the population count is understated by an amount referred to as the population undercount. This is estimated and added to the population who complete the census and that total is referred to as population “with undercount”. Although these persons are not counted in the census, the Region provides service to them and therefore it is important that they are counted as part of Peel’s population.