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Population Change

The number of people that usually live in an area.

Key Highlights

  • In Q1 2021, the total population in Peel Region was estimated at 1.51 million, 0.7 per cent above that recorded in Q1 2020.
  • Peel’s population growth of 0.7 per cent was the highest since Q4 2019.
  • All three Peel municipalities recoded higher population to contribute to the growth observed.

Population with Undercount

In Q1 2021, the total population (including undercount) in Peel Region was 1.51 million persons, 0.7 per cent higher than in the comparable quarter of 2020.

This was the first time in five quarters that Peel’s population growth exceeded 0.5 per cent.

Between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, an additional 10,100 persons made Peel their home.

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

Population Without Undercount

When estimated undercount is excluded, Peel’s total population was approximately 1.46 million in Q1 2021, distributed across Peel’s municipalities as follows:

Peel remains a destination of choice for new residents, particularly immigrants, given its diversity and its many strategic advantages, including its well-developed road and transportation network and its location in the most vibrant Canadian economic hub.

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

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.