(July 23, 2013) – 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) data for Peel Region is now available online at the Peel Data Centre. Bulletins are available summarizing data in three categories: Ethnic Diversity and Religion, Immigration and Citizenship and Labour, Education and Mobility. A bulletin summarizing Income and Housing will be available in August after the information is released by Statistics Canada.
Below is a summary of key findings in each category area:
Ethic Diversity and Religion
- 87 per cent of Peel’s population identified a religious affiliation, the highest portion in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- 56.9 per cent of Peel’s population identified as Christian. The next most populous group indicated “no religious affiliation” (13 per cent), followed by Sikh (9.5 per cent), Muslim (9.4 per cent), Hindu
(8.8 per cent) and “other religions” (2.4 per cent)
- Peel’s Sikh population is the highest in the GTA
Immigration and Citizenship
- Peel Region has the highest proportion of immigrants in the GTA. More than half of Peel’s population (50.5 per cent) identified as an immigrant, compared to 43.8 per cent in the GTA as a whole
- 56.8 per cent of Peel’s population identified as a visible minority
- 52.2 per cent of Brampton’s recent immigrants were born in India
Labour, Education and Mobility
- Of Peel’s population aged 15 and over in the labour force, 91.1% are employed. This is in line with the overall GTA rate of 91.4%.
- The top occupation categories in Peel are Sales and Service (22.5 per cent), Business, Finance, and Administration (19.2 per cent), and Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators (14.1 per cent)
- 83 per cent of Peel’s employed residents use personal vehicles to get to work. 13.6 per cent use public transit while only 3.4 per cent use active transportation such as walking or bicycling
The voluntary 2011 National Household Survey replaced the Government of Canada’s mandatory long-form Census. This change in methodology may affect the comparability of this data to previous Census data.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call
905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.