Peel Region is a community of great diversity and rapid growth. Made up of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, Peel offers a superb mix of urban, suburban, rural and natural landscapes. One of the most multicultural areas in Canada, Peel welcomes another 77 new residents from around the world every day.
Peel has one of the most travelled and integrated transportation networks in Canada. Our highways link the Greater Toronto Area together and are primary routes for the movement of goods across the province.
Peel enjoys many competitive advantages, including a diverse economy and a relatively young and educated population.
Our population is growing.
By 2041, our population is projected to grow by more than 600,000, increasing from slightly over 1.3 million people today to nearly 2 million people. This will shift Peel increasingly towards urban communities and put an unprecedented strain on our roadways. We must accommodate the needs of our growing population while continuing to protect the natural environment.
Our population is aging.
By 2041, one of every five Peel residents will be a senior citizen, leaving our communities with a greater proportion of retirees and, by extension, less working residents to support the costs of services. Certain service demands, such as the need for Long-Term Care, will also increase as our population ages.
Our population is changing.
Our region, already one of the most diverse in Canada, will become increasingly multicultural in the years to come. Assuming current immigration trends continue over the next two decades as they are today, 63 per cent of Peel residents will be new Canadians by 2035. Providing the right supports to help new Canadians integrate quickly and thrive is important to our economic prosperity and community harmony.
Our economy is changing.
The number of jobs per resident in Peel has gone down while the types of jobs have changed. Our communities are losing manufacturing jobs while gaining service, retail and warehouse jobs. Many people in Peel face “precarious employment”, meaning their jobs are unsteady, like contract/part-time work, or don’t fully meet their living needs.
The world is changing.
Constant change, uncertainty and complexity have become the “new normal” for government. We can no longer predict the future based on what has always been. Rapid technological development, global instability and extreme weather events, to name just a few factors, keep community life in a constant state of flux.
And that’s why this Strategic Plan is different.
A 20-year Strategic Plan allows us to ‘think bigger’ and work towards better long-term outcomes for citizens.
As a collective vision, Community for Life will only be fully realized through collective action. More than any time in history, collaboration between governments, industries and the community is essential to rising to the challenges of the future. As we embark on the path towards 2035, we do so with an organizational commitment to identify and create new opportunities to Work with You to bring our vision to life.
For more information, email the Corporate Strategy Office.