Census numbers show continued growth in Durham Region

Population numbers from across the country were released on Wednesday morning, tallying the results of the national census held in 2016. Those numbers show that Oshawa and Durham Region continue to grow.

Durham Region saw a growth in population of 6.2% between 2011 and 2016, as the total population of the region leapt from 608,124 to 645,862. Detailed population by municipality is listed below, showing new population numbers and percentage change.

  • OSHAWA 159,458 (149,607 in 2011) up 6.6%
  • WHITBY 128,377 (122,022) up 5.2%
  • AJAX 119,677 (109,600) up 9.2%
  • CLARINGTON 92,013 (84,548) up 8.8%
  • PICKERING 91,771 (88,721) up 3.4%
  • SCUGOG 21,617 (21,569) up 0.2%
  • UXBRIDGE 21,176 (20,623) up 2.7%
  • BROCK 11,642 (11,341) up 2.7%
  • MISSISSAUGAS OF SCUGOG ISLAND 131 (93) up 40.9%

Not including the First Nations reserve, the Municipality of Clarington showed the largest percentage change in population, growing by 8.8% in a five-year span, while the Township of Scugog showed the least amount of growth, only increasing by 0.2%.

In overall population, Ajax narrowly edged out Oshawa for the largest increase in the region. Ajax grew by 10,077 people between 2011 and 2016, while Oshawa’s population increased 9,851.

Nationwide, Canada’s population grew to 35,151,728 in 2016, an increase of 5% from 2011 census numbers. Provoncial details are listed below:

  • ONTARIO 13,448,494 (12,851,821) up 4.6%
  • QUEBEC 8,164,361 (7,903,001) up 3.3%
  • BRITISH COLUMBIA 4,648,055 (4,400,057) up 5.6%
  • ALBERTA 4,067,175 (3,645,257) up 11.6%
  • MANITOBA 1,278,365 (1,208,268) up 5.8%
  • SASKATCHEWAN 1,098,352 (1,033,381) up 6.3%
  • NOVA SCOTIA 923,598 (921,727) up 0.2%
  • NEW BRUNSWICK 747,101 (751,171) down 0.5%
  • NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR 519,716 (514,536) up 1.0%
  • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND 142,907 (140,204) up 1.9%
  • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES 41,786 (41,462) up 0.8%
  • NUNAVUT 35,944 (31,906) up 12.7%
  • YUKON TERRITORY 35,874 (33,897) up 5.8%

Nunavut showed the largest growth in percentage of population, growing 12.7% since 2011, slightly higher than Alberta’s 11.6% growth. Notably, all provinces and territories in Canada showed growth between 2011 and 2016, with the exception of New Brunswick, which saw their population decrease by 0.5%. Canada’s largest province, Ontario, also showed the largest gain in physical population, increasing by 596,673 since 2011.

More detailed breakdowns of the 2016 Canadian Census will be made available throughout the year, with more information expected to be announced in May.

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