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"Demography, the study of human populations, is the most powerful and most underutilized tool we have to understand the past and to foretell the future.  Demographics play a pivotal role in the economic and social life of our country...

Anyone involved in planning for the future needs to understand demographics. Thats true whether youre planning your own personal future or that of a school system, a hospital, a chain of restaurants, or a multinational corporation. It is simply not possible to do any competent planning without a knowledge of demographics..." (Foot and Stoffman, Boom Bust and Echo 2000, 1999, pp.8-9)

September 29, 1999 = The Halton Social Profile 1999 provides an extensive demographic description of Halton and its four municipalities. This information is essential to the strategic planning purposes of all agencies and groups throughout Halton. It is a tool that allows an agency to view demographic and socio-economic shifts through past decades, to the present and into the future. The shifts influence needs and demands. To be conscious of these changes allows for the development or evaluation of effective and appropriate programs and actions that will enhance human well-being. The profile is very useful to service providers, funders, planners, the not-for-profit sector and the private sector.

Did you know?

  • Haltons population grew 25% from 271,390 in 1986 to 339,880 in 1996. Compared with Ontario, which grew 18% over the same ten-year period, Haltons population expanded at a faster rate.
  • The population of Halton Region is expected to grow to 538,000 persons by the year 2016. This is a 58% increase, 198,125 more persons than in 1996.  Predicted new urban development on the fringe of existing areas is expected to cause a rapid increase in the population.
  • Similar to the rest of the country, the population in Halton is aging. Over two decades between 1996 and 2016, the number of Halton residents who are 65 or older is expected to increase 125%. By 2016, it is expected that 16% of Haltons population will be within this age group compared to 11% in 1996.
  • The average family income in Halton increased from $51,321 in 1985 to $79,930 in 1995. The average family income in Halton is much higher than that of Ontario, where the average family income in 1995 is $59,830.
  • The percentage of low income families in Halton rose from 5.3% in 1990 to 7.5% in 1995. This figure is lower than the 14.8% of low income families in the Province of Ontario in 1995. The number of low income families in Halton increased by 3,165 families over the ten-year period from 3,975 families in 1985 to 7,140 families in 1995 an increase of 125.6%
  • The immigrant population increased from 62,320 persons in 1986 to 76,290 in 1996. This is an increase of 22.4%. However, the total population in Halton increased at a faster rate of 25.2%. Therefore, the proportion of immigrants within the total population decreased slightly over the ten years from 23.1% in 1986 to 22.6% in 1996.

 


To order a copy of the profile or for more information please contact the Council at (905) 632-1975 or 878-0955.