Community Profile: Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth

Region has a higher proportion of seniors, few residents born outside Canada and lower unemployment rates than the rest of the province

person sitting in a gallery jpgGrey, Bruce, Huron and Perth (GBHP) is growing, though at a much slower rate (1.8%) than Ontario overall (6.6%). Within GBHP, the largest population growth took place in Grey (3.7%), and in Huron, the population remained relatively constant. GBHP is older than the rest of the province with a higher proportion of seniors than the province overall. As of 2006, 17.6% of this region's residents were aged 65 and over. This is considerably higher than Ontario overall (13.6%).  Meanwhile, very few newcomers are settling in this region - just 0.3% of newcomers to Ontario settled in GBHP between 2001 and 2006. The complete GBHP Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and language information. 

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Community Highlights

  • Less than 1 in 10 GBHP residents (8.6%) reported they were born outside of Canada. This is much lower than the province overall, where more than 1 in 4 Ontario residents reported being foreign-born (28.3%).
  • Of the few newcomers to GBHP, a much higher proportion are from Europe than Ontario overall.
  • 91% of residents report English as their mother tongue, a much higher proportion than the province as a whole.
  • GBHP has a small Francophone community - less than 1% of the total population.
  • The Aboriginal community in GBHP increased by 955 people between 2001 and 2006; Aboriginal people make up 1.5% of the total GBHP population.
  • As of 2006, the unemployment rate in GBHP (4.7%) was significantly lower than Ontario overall (6.4%). In fact, at that time it was one of the lowest unemployment rates in the province. Within this region, unemployment was highest in Bruce (5.3%) and lowest in Perth (3.7%).