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Ethnic Diversity & Religion

  • In 2011 Peel’s residents accounted for 27.6% (732,805) of the GTA’s 2,654,140 total visible minority residents.
  • Christian religions were the most reported religious affiliation in Peel at 733,790 people, which was consistent with the rest of the GTA.
  • South Asian is the number one reported visible minority in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon.
  • One percent of Peel’s residents (12,580 people) are of Aboriginal ancestry.
  • Peel’s Sikh population is the highest in the GTA (122,960).



In 2011, Peel had the highest percentage of visible minorities within the GTA (56.8%). This majority was further reflected in Brampton and Mississauga with 66.4% and 53.7% of their populations respectively, identifying as a visible minority. Caledon’s visible minorities comprised 9.7% of the population. Close to half of Peel’s residents reported belonging to the South Asian visible minority group (48.6%), which was the most commonly identified visible minority group within all three municipalities. The remaining top four visible minority groups in Peel were Black (15.87%), Chinese (8.0%), Filipino (7.9%), and Arab (4.0%).

Peel’s residents reported an average of 3.6 ethnicities per person. In Peel, the top three sub-continental ethnic origins were East Indian, Canadian, and English with 20.9%, 12.1% and 11.2% respectively. East Indian was the top ethnicity reported by Mississauga (15.1%) and Brampton (30.6%) residents, while English was the top ethnicity reported in Caledon (27.0%).

In Peel, 0.5% of the population reported having an aboriginal identity. Within this group, 57.7%, 32.0%, 1.8% of respondents reported a First Nations, Metis, and Inuit identity respectively. The remaining proportion of the population reported multiple Aboriginal identities (2.0%) or Aboriginal identities not included elsewhere (6.4%).

In 2011, 56.9% of Peel’s population was affiliated with the Christian religion, a majority identified across the GTA. Rounding out the top five religious affiliations within Peel were those without religious affiliation (13.0%), Sikh (9.5%), Muslim (9.4%), and Hindu (8.8%).

Open Data Table

Tabular data extracted from the Statistics Canada 2011 National Household Survey release for Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Peel, Ontario, and Canada.

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Peel Data Centre
Region of Peel
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