November 15, 2007
Media Release

Just the Facts About Your Community reveals vital information about York Region residents


Ninety-seven per cent of youth aged 20 to 24 years still live in a family household
 
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with the Community Reference Group, has released Just the Facts About Your Community, a new series of fact sheets to help provide the stories behind the numbers regarding York Region's population.
 
Based on Statistics Canada data, the first four fact sheets provide an analysis of the characteristics, opportunities and challenges of four segments of our communities: families, low income residents, seniors and youth.
 
"To have a strong, shared vision of our future, we must understand the characteristics of our residents and identify opportunities and challenges so we can target our resources most effectively," said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  "These facts sheets, along with other products being developed in partnership with the Community Reference Group, are essential in our plans for the Region's continued growth."
 
Some examples that stand out:
 York Region has the highest proportion of married couples with children in Canada, according to the 2006 Census
 The median family income of $75,678 in York Region in 2001 was second highest in the GTA
 In 2001, 18 per cent of male seniors and seven per cent of female seniors were working or looking for work
 97 per cent of youth aged 20 to 24 years in 2006 still lived in a family household
 20 per cent of youth aged 15 to 19 years in 2001 were not attending school
 10.5 per cent of youth aged 15 to 24 years in 2001 were unemployed compared to 4.5 per cent for the total population
 
"The business community, school boards, municipalities, agencies and other stakeholders can turn this knowledge into action and adjust programs and services to suit the changing needs of our residents," said Town of Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen, Co-Chair of the Community Reference Group.  "This will help ensure that we allocate our resources effectively and maintain our quality of life."
 
The fact sheets are the second major product developed under York Region's Community Social Data Strategy in partnership with the Community Reference Group.  The first was Community Snapshots: Recent Immigrants Living in York Region, which was released last year.
 
"As we saw with Community Snapshots, cold, hard facts influence decisions and prompt actions," said Community Reference Group Co-Chair Daniele Zanotti, CEO of the United Way of York Region.  "This clear and simple information can be used not just to improve our understanding of community trends, our planning and ultimately our programs, but to advocate for our fair share of funding for services in neighbourhoods across York Region."
 
While Community Snapshots provided a detailed picture of York Region's immigrant population, Just the Facts About Your Community shows us high level profiles of the general population.
 
Just the Facts About Your Community will be distributed across York Region, to the general public, area municipalities, community agencies, the business community and other stakeholders.  Also available in Chinese, Farsi and Russian, the fact sheets can be found on York Region's website at www.york.ca under Just the Facts About Your Community.
 
York Region is one of 15 communities across Canada that has formed a consortium to participate in the Canadian Council on Social Development's Community Social Data Strategy.
 
The consortium, which is part of the Community Reference Group, analyses Statistics Canada data to identify and better understand the social and economic trends within our individual communities.  York Region's consortium is comprised of representatives from:
 The Regional Municipality of York (consortium lead member)
 United Way of York Region
 York Catholic District School Board
 York Region District School Board
 York Regional Police Services
 
The Community Reference Group consists of:
 The Consortium
 Aurora Chamber of Commerce
 Big Brothers/Big Sisters York Region
 Catholic Community Services of York Region
 Human Services Planning Coalition
 Town of Markham Planning and Urban Design Department
 Vaughan Chamber of Commerce
 York South Simcoe Training and Adjustment Board
 
For additional information, please see the attached Media Backgrounder and Fact Sheets.
 
 
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: 905 830-4444 ext. 1238, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Cell Phone: 905 251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca
 
Fact Sheet
 
Fact Sheet Youth_distribution copy.pdf
Fact Sheet Families_distribution copy.pdf
Fact Sheet Low Income_distribution copy.pdf
Fact Sheet Seniors_distribution copy.pdf
Backgrounder
Highlights of Just the Facts

NEWMARKET The first four releases of the Just the Facts About Your Community series focus on families, low income populations, seniors and youth.  Following are highlights of key statistics from them.
 
Families
 In 2006, York Region had the highest proportion of married couples with children (67 per cent) out of all the Census divisions in Canada.
 
 In 2001, 1 in 10 households spent more than 50 per cent of their total income on housing.
 
 In 2001, York Region's median family income ($75,678) was the second highest in the GTA next to Halton ($82,714).
 
 In 2001, there were 22,275 single parent families in York Region (11 per cent of all families).  This increased to 30,565 in 2006 (12 per cent of all families).
 
Low Income
 In 2001, 10 per cent or 71,600 of York Region residents were low income earners.
 
 In 2001, 51 per cent of working low income residents aged 15 to 64 had some post-secondary education or a university degree.
 
Seniors
 In 2001, 18 per cent of male seniors and 7 per cent of female seniors worked or were looking for work.
 
 In 2001, 16 per cent of seniors aged 75 years and over lived on low incomes.
 
 In 2001, 37 per cent of seniors were aged 75 years and over. This increased to 42 per cent in 2006.
 
Youth
 In 2001, 34 per cent of youth in York Region were visible minorities.
 
 In 2001, 20 per cent of youth aged 15 to 19 years were not attending school.
 
 In 2006, 97 per cent of youth aged 20 to 24 years lived in a family household.
 
 In 2001, the unemployment rate for youth aged 15 to 24 years was 10.5 per cent compared to 4.5 per cent for the total population.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: 905 830-4444 ext. 1238, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Cell Phone: 905 251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca
 
 

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