Community Profile: Essex, Kent, Lambton

Region's population growth slowing compared to previous years; residents slightly older and earning less on average than other regions

volunteers working in a kitchen jpgWhile the population in Essex, Kent and Lambton (EKL) grew between 2001 and 2006, the rate was about half that of the province overall and slightly lower than in the previous five year period. This population growth is unevenly dispersed across the region with Essex experiencing the bulk of the growth. EKL has a slightly older population compared to the province overall with proportionately more people in each age category over age 55.  Between 2001 and 2006, EKL's Francophone population decreased by 9.1%. Despite declining numbers, EKL's Francophone community is still quite substantial with over 21,000 people. The complete EKL Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and language information. 

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Francophone Community - EKL

Community Highlights

  • Both Chatham-Kent and Lambton County have reversed the population decline experienced between 1996-2001.
  • EKL's youth population (13-24 years) is growing, although at a much slower rate than the province overall.
  • EKL is becoming increasingly diverse as almost 1 in 5 residents are foreign-born. A large majority (85%) of EKL's visible minorities live in Essex;.
  • EKL's Aboriginal community grew by 25% between 2001 and 2006. One in five Aboriginal people in EKL live on reserve.
  • Although the number of people employed increased, employment growth as of 2006 was at a slower rate than for the province overall.
  • Individuals and households in all areas of EKL earn less money on average than their Ontario counterparts. In addition, the proportion of low-income families in all areas of EKL is well below that of the province.