Community Profile: Quinte, Kingston, Rideau

Substantial growth in Francophone and Aboriginal communities; few newcomers; population aging at a faster rate than province overall

child with face paint jpgBetween 2001 and 2006, the population of Quinte, Kingston and Rideau (QKR) grew by 3.2%, which is less than Ontario overall (6.6%).  Nevertheless, QKR's growth rate is nearly double that of the previous census period (1996-2001).  The population in QKR is older and aging at a faster rate compared to the province overall. As of 2006, QKR's proportion of people aged 65 and over was 3% higher than Ontario as a whole. At the other end of the age spectrum, the youth (13-24) population is growing slowly compared to the province overall. Meanwhile, QKR is attracting few newcomers to the region. Less than 10% of residents were born outside Canada and most immigrants in QKR established themselves before 1971. The complete QKR Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and language information.

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Aboriginal Communities - QKR

Community Highlights

  • The Francophone community in QKR is growing at a faster pace (5.5%) than other regions in Ontario.
  • The Aboriginal community is also experiencing significant growth and grew from 9,000 to 13,400 people between 2001 and 2006.
  • More than two-fifths of recent immigrants in QKR are from Asia and the Middle East. This increasing demographic reflects the visible minority population in QKR: the Chinese community is the largest visible minority group, seconded by the South Asian community.
  • While the proportion of low-income families in QKR was below the provincial rate, the areas of Frontenac (9.5%) and Hastings (9.9%) had the highest proportion of low-income families.