Media Release

 
December 13, 2012

Census Population and Household data reveals strong growth in York Region

Results are in line with York Region and provincial growth
The Regional Municipality of York has reported in-depth information on the characteristics of the Region’s population and economy from the 2011 Census data.
 
Statistics Canada conducts a nation-wide Census, every five years to collect information on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. The data is valuable to York Region and local municipalities as it is used for decision making and the planning of infrastructure and services.
 
“Data from the 2011 Census has a direct impact on our Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “It affects everything from where and how government services are provided, to the location of new schools, urban planning and health services.”
 
Census data is used to:
• Provide the basis for the Region’s long-term population and employment forecasts
• Provide input for the planning of services
• Monitor targets in the Regional Official Plan and Provincial Growth Plan
• Provide input to various Regional initiatives such as York Region housing and immigration strategies
 
“York Region’s senior population grew by over 80 per cent from 2001 to 2011,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. ”Using the Census data ensures local and Regional services accurately reflect the needs of residents.”
 
Highlights of the Census between 2006 to 2011 include:
• York Region continued to experience strong growth in both population and housing
• York Region was the third fastest-growing census division in Canada, adding approximately 140,000 new residents
• York Region’s population growth outpaced all other Greater Toronto and Hamilton area municipalities
• York Region’s housing stock continues to diversify with an increasing share in multiple dwelling units
• York Region’s average household size declined at a slower rate than anticipated
 
York Region tracks population and housing growth on a monthly basis. The Census provides a benchmark for those figures and confirms York Region’s estimates are in line with the Census results.
 
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Media Contact: Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1236 Cell: 905-251-6416 masrine.guthrie-peart@york.ca 
 

 
 
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

 For more information visit us at www.york.ca Follow us on : York Region   @YorkRegionGovt  
 
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