Area of Focus: Thriving
Population from 2006 to 2016 with Forecast to 2041
Note: Population counts include Census data with an undercount (the number of Canadian residents not captured or recorded in the Statistics Canada Census). Undercount is 4.2% for 2006 and 3.94% for 2011 and 2016 populations. 2006-2016 undercount values are consistent with Hemson's background study: Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Forecasts to 2041, Technical Report November 2012.
Source: Statistics Canada, Census (2006-2016); Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2013 (Amendment 2).
Why is this important?
- Ontario's Places to Grow Act (2005) was meant to guide development across the Province that supports economic prosperity, protects the environment, and increases the quality of life in communities.1
- Planning for communities where growth is well managed is a key goal of the Region of Peel's Strategic Plan.
- Monitoring population growth helps Peel make good decisions about giving residents access to the services and amenities they need.
How is this measured?
- Census data, which is gathered every five years, gives us important information about our population.
- The Region needs population growth data to make good decisions about how to provide for the needs of the people who live and/or work in Peel, and who use the services Peel offers.
- Peel uses this population growth data to support planning, administration, policy development, and to evaluate its performance.2
What progress are we making?
- Between 2011 and 2016, the Region of Peel grew from 1,350,000 to 1,438,000 people.
- Average annual population growth of 17,600 people in Peel is consistent with population estimates in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
- Through the Term of Council Priority of Plan and Manage Growth, we will work to make sure our infrastructure keeps pace with our population growth, as outlined in Ontario's Places to Grow Act, while also closely managing the financial risk inherent with investing in generational infrastructure prior to growth arriving.
1 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. https://www.placestogrow.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=420&Itemid=12
2 Statistics Canada, Census of Population: http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=3901