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COMMUNITY PROFILE Thames Valley In partnership with Statistics Canada. Community Profile Highlights. Highlights in Thames Valley (2001 to 2006):. Overall population is growing and becoming more diverse Immigration is on the rise Diversity is increasing Aboriginal community is growing

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COMMUNITY PROFILE

Thames Valley

In partnership with Statistics Canada

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Community Profile Highlights

Highlights in Thames Valley (2001 to 2006):

  • Overall population is growing and becoming more diverse
    • Immigration is on the rise
    • Diversity is increasing
    • Aboriginal community is growing
    • Francophone community is growing
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Population Growth

In 2006, there were 610,440 people living in Thames Valley, which accounts for 5% of Ontario’s total population

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Population Growth

Thames Valley’s population increased at a greater rate between 2001 and 2006 than the previous five-year period

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Immigration & Diversity

  • Immigration is on the rise
  • Between 2001 and 2006, 14,700 newcomers settled in Thames Valley; 85% of these newcomers settled in Middlesex
  • Two in five newcomers are from Asia and the Middle East
  • Diversity is increasing
  • 53,475 Thames Valley residents identified as a visible minority
  • The Black community was the largest visible minority group (16.8%) followed by Latin American (15.3%) and Arab (14.8%) communities
  • Middlesex is home to 91% of Thames Valley’s visible minorities
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Community Profile Highlights

  • Top Five Mother Tongues:
  • (other than English & French)
  • ONTARIO
  • Italian
  • Chinese (not specified)
  • Cantonese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • THAMES VALLEY
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
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Growing Aboriginal Community

  • The Aboriginal community in Thames Valley increased by 1,590 to 8,440 people, growing 23%
  • The total number of Aboriginal People in the province increased by 54,175 to 242,490, growing 28.8% overall
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Growing Aboriginal Community

  • The Aboriginal community in Thames Valley is made up of a higher proportion (76%) of First Nations people compared to Ontario overall
  • The Métis community proportion is lower than the provincial proportion at just 20%

* Multiple Aboriginal Identities ** Aboriginal Identities not included elsewhere

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Small but Growing Francophone Community

  • Between 2001 and 2006, Thames Valley’s Francophone community increased by 3%
  • The 8,455 Francophones in Thames Valley constitute 1.4% of the population
  • Three-quarters of the Francophones in the region live in Middlesex
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Community Profile Highlights

  • Also of Interest:
  • Thames Valley is generally similar to the province in its proportions of seniors (65+), children (0-14) and working-age population (15-64)
  • The youth (13-24) population is growing though not as robustly as the province overall; still, the proportion of youth (13-24) continues to be higher than Ontario overall
  • In 2006 the unemployment rate in all areas was lower than the province overall
  • The Chippewas of the Thames Valley First Nation 42 and the Village of Newbury have the lowest individual and household incomes in the region
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Additional Information

This document presents highlights from the Thames Valley Community Profile

To view the full report, please refer to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) website at www.trilliumfoundation.org

There you will find the Community Profiles for OTF’s 16 catchment areas and the province overall

The Community Profiles were produced in partnership with Statistics Canada, using the most recent 2006 Census information

We hope that they will be of benefit to Ontario’s not-for-profit sector

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