Community Profile: Thames Valley

Rise in immigration contributes to growth in the region and increasingly diverse population

view of a indoor bike competition jpgLike the province of Ontario overall, the population of Thames Valley grew between 2001 and 2006, albeit at a slower rate. Immigration is on the rise, fuelling much of the growth and diversity in this region. In 2006, newcomers made up 2.4% of the population of Thames Valley, 85% of whom chose Middlesex as their home. Two in five newcomers to Middlesex said they were from Asia and the Middle East. Meanwhile, the Aboriginal community in Thames Valley is showing strong growth having increased by 23% during this period. Like the Northwestern region of Ontario, Thames Valley's Aboriginal population has a higher proportion (75%) of First Nation people compared to Ontario overall. The complete Thames Valley Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and language information. 

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Community Highlights

  • The majority of  Thames Valley residents (7 in 10) live in Middlesex.
  • Thames Valley's Francophone community grew by 3%, which is considerably higher than the increase of the Francophone population for the province as a whole (0.9%).
  • While 80% of residents reported English as their mother tongue (much higher than the province overall), 1 in 6 people reported a mother tongue other than English or French - Spanish and Arabic being the two most frequently noted.
  • Thames Valley had a lower unemployment rate (5.8%) than the province (6.4%). Within the region, Oxford's unemployment rate was the lowest (4.8%).