Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Census 2006: Toronto City Slow Growth

The 2006 Canadian census results are coming out, and there is lots of interesting data to look at.

One thing I've noticed is this:

  • Toronto CMA growth (2001-2006): 430,252
  • Toronto City growth (2001-2006): 21,787
Over the years, I've spent a lot of time arguing on this blog that, for Toronto's economic and environmental health, it should be a city policy to compete for and win the lion's share of new growth coming to the region.

Well, in the past 5 years the city proper has received only 5% of Greater Toronto's net population growth.

I don't have access to (or don't know how to find) the data that will tell me more specifically where the changes have been. But, given the condo developments in the core, I imagine that downtown has actually grown by more than 20k and we've seen decreasing populations in Scarborough and the other inner suburbs.

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At 12:29 AM, Blogger Brent said...

Today's Star had an article discussing population decline in some areas of the city, particularly the Dufferin corridor south of Eglinton. The print version had a small map showing population change by census tract, with most areas relatively stable, with some growth in the stockyards area and in the waterfront (the map only goes as far east as about Bathurst), and with a number of declining areas along Dufferin.


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