Community Profile: Toronto

Toronto's largest and most diverse population features third largest Francophone community; region has higher unemployment rates and more low-income families than the province

Between 2001 and 2006, Toronto's population increased
bwoman selling jewellery jpgy only 0.9%, which represents almost 22,000 people. This is significantly less than the 6.6% increase for Ontario overall.  It is also considerably less than the 4.0% population increase Toronto experienced from 1996 to 2001. Toronto continues to be the most diverse region in Ontario with half of residents saying they were born outside Canada. In fact, half of Torontonians reported having a mother tongue other than English or French—Chinese being the most prevalent.  As of 2006, the unemployment rate (7.6%) in Toronto was considerably higher than the province overall (6.4%). Median income levels were also lower in Toronto than Ontario as a whole, and the city has a significantly higher proportion of low-income families (20.6%) than the province (11.7%).
The complete Toronto Community Profile includes population, labour
force, education, income and language information.

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Francophone Community - Toronto
Diversity in Toronto

Community Highlights

  • In 2006, 1 in 5 Ontarians said they live in Toronto.
  • Two-thirds of newcomers were from Asia and the Middle East, followed by Europe and Africa.
  • Toronto has proportionately more older people (65 years and over) and fewer children (ages 14 and under) compared to the province overall.
  • Although Francophones in Toronto represent only 7.9% of all Francophones in Ontario, they form the third largest Francophone community in the Province.
  • Toronto's Aboriginal community, although small, grew by nearly 20% between 2001 and 2006. Aboriginal people account for only half of 1% of Toronto's total population.
  • A much higher proportion of Toronto residents have a university education compared to the province overall (44% compared to 30%).