Canada's Condominium Magazine
The new peaks inside Canada’s latest Census (2016) reveal a “mixed bag” of indicators, with, for example, income up, yet over 42.1% of adult children living with parents (in Ontario), and 96% of couples/families both working. The sharp ageing demographic is also quickly evident, with average age way up at 41. The population has increased 4 percent from 2011 Census to 2016, with Ontario representing 38.3% of Canada’s population, at 13,448,494.
In Ontario, the population increased 4.6% from 2011 Census to 2016, versus 5% nationwide. Also, population density increased significantly to 14.8 people per km in Ontario, versus the national average of only 3.9.
Interestingly, 53.6% of census-respondents who live in single-detached homes. On the other hand, average household size is clearly declining, from 2.9 in 1981, dropping a point each census to 2.4 in 2016. Population density per square kilometre has increased in Ontario to 14.8 per km — as compared to only 3.9 nationally.
Unfortunately, one of the sharpest indicators of high-cost of living is the proportion of adult children living at home, which has soared to 42.1% of 20-34 year-olds living at home in Ontario, versus 34.7% of adult children as a national average. This is despite rising incomes and is a factor of rising cost of living (particularly housing costs.).
Some key indicators: comparing Ontario with Canada as a whole
Ontario’s key indicators, particularly in population density and household sizes, income and so on are strikingly different from the national average. Here are some side-by-side indicators:
- Population grew 4.6% in Ontario versus 5% nationally
- Single-detached homes 54.3% in Ontario versus 53.6% nationally
- Population density per square km in Ontario 14.8 versus 3.9 nationally
- Proportion of population 65 years and older in Ontario 16.7% versus 16.9% nationally
- Proportion of population 15-64 years in Ontario 66.8% versus 66.5% nationally
- Average age is equal at 41
- Proportion of people 85 years and older living in collective dwellings 27% in Ontario versus 32% nationally
When comparing the makeup of households:
- One-person households represent 25.9% in Ontario versus 28.2% nationally
- Common-law couples households represent only 14.4% in Ontario versus 21.3% nationally
- Couples with children represent 54.5% in Ontario versus 51.1% nationally
- Young adults 20-34 years old living with parents a whopping 42.1% in Ontario versus 34.7% nationally
- Median employment income per household $74,287 in Ontario versus $70,336.