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The top-five York Region Census facts

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In order to paint an accurate picture of income, employment, labour force, housing and immigration York Region completed an analysis of all Census Canada release 2016 data. The York Region perspective is available on york.ca/Census

The data helps York Regional Council and staff best understand the population and economy, to best support residents and businesses with regional services.Highlights include:

  1. York Region is home to an educated workforce: York Region is home to one of the most highly educated workforces in all of Canada. 51 per cent have a university degree and 70 per cent of the working age population (aged 25-64) have completed post-secondary education. A total of 66.7 per cent of all the York Region’s population are employed. York Region’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in the Province, at 6.4 per cent. In terms of industry, knowledge-based employment is on the rise as and the Agriculture industry continues to grow, employing 3,255 people.
  2. People are working longer: There is an increase in people working past the age of 65. The proportion of York Region seniors participating in the workforce almost doubled over the past decade, rising from 2.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent.
  3. We are a diverse community: Approximately 47 per cent of York Region residents are immigrants. This diverse group represent more than 230 distinct ethnic origins. Just over half are highly educated, with 51 per cent holding a university degree. Of the 515,225 immigrants living in York Region, 51,410 arrived between 2001 and 2016.
  4. More residents are taking transit to work: The number of commuters taking public transit to work is up by 45 per cent. This represents a shift towards live-work communities, where offices are easily accessible by rapid transit. The recent introduction of three subways stops into York Region is expected to improve the travel experience further. The car however isn’t going away anytime soon, 77.3 per cent of commuters still rely on it to commute, travelling approximately 34.6 minutes per average commuting duration.
  5. York Region ranks high on household income: The Region ranks second highest among all municipalities in Ontario with an average household income of $95,776. The Region has the highest rate of home ownership in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area at 85.8 per cent. However, the cost of living surpasses income growth in York Region as per Ontario consumer price index measurement.

For more information view the 2016 Census Results on Income, Employment, Labour Force, Housing, Education and Immigration report or visit york.ca/census




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