Community Profile:
Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury

Region continues to experience population decline despite 20% growth in Aboriginal community; employment lags behind provincial average

Between 2001 and 2006, Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin and young child reading in a window jpgSudbury (ACMS) was the only region in Ontario to experience a population decline (-0.6%).  Despite this decrease, the rate of decline is much less than in the previous census period (1996-2001).  Residents in this region are aging rapidly with a higher proportion of people over the age of 65 than the province overall. Meanwhile, as of 2006, the unemployment rate in ACMS was the highest of all regions in the province (8.6% compared to 6.4% for Ontario overall). Residents in ACMS are much more likely to have a college degree (27%), apprenticeship or trades certificate (13%) than in other regions of the province; and less likely to hold a university degree (17%). The complete ACMS Community Profile
includes population, labour force, education, income and language information.

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Aboriginal Communities - ACMS
Francophone Community - ACMS

Community Highlights

  • The Aboriginal community in ACMS grew by one-fifth between 2001 and 2006. While First Nations are the largest Aboriginal group, ACMS also has a large Métis population. Almost 4 in 10 Aboriginal people in ACMS are Métis. In fact,  20% of Ontario's total Métis population live in ACMS.
  • The Francophone community in ACMS is declining.. Despite this decrease, the Francophone community still makes up 25.6% of the total population - much higher than the 4.6% for Ontario overall.
  • The proportion of youth in ACMS is declining, in some areas by a significant proportion; Sudbury's youth population decreased by 10% between 2001 and 2006.
  • The region's small (6.6%) immigrant population grew minimally; in fact, most immigrants in ACMS arrived before 1961.
  • While the proportion of low income families in ACMS was below Ontario as a whole, there were some variations across the region. Almost one in ten families living in Algoma (9.6%) and Greater Sudbury (9.2%) were considered to be living below the low-income cut-off.