Community Profile:
Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin

Region one of the fastest growing and increasingly diverse; youth population growing faster than the province

circle of children sitting on grass jpgBetween 2001 and 2006, the population of Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin (WWD) grew by 8.3%.  This is higher than the provincial average of 6.6%.  In terms of age, WWD has a larger proportion of young people under 14 years of age and a smaller proportion of seniors (65 years and over) than the province overall.  In terms of location, Shelburne, Wilmot, Puslinch and the City of Waterloo had tremendous population growth during this period. The Waterloo Region was also found to be the most diverse area in WWD, accounting for the largest pockets of Francophone, Aboriginal, foreign-born, visible minority and newcomer populations.  In fact, 40% of newcomers are settling in the City of Kitchener. The complete WWD Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and language information.

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Community Highlights

  • Immigration is on the rise in WWD.  Between 2001 and 2006, 22,370 people immigrated to the region.
  • Just over half (51.8%) of new immigrants come from Asia and the Middle East, which is similar to a number of other regions in the province.
  • Although the proportion of Francophone residents is small (1.5% compared to 4.6% for the province), between 2001 and 2006 the population grew by 6%.
  • WWD's Aboriginal population grew substantially (42%) between 2001 and 2006, increasing by 2,105 people to a total of 7,150.
  • The unemployment rate in this region was significantly lower than the province overall. In Dufferin and Wellington unemployment was a full 2% below the provincial figures.
  • With 22% of the employed population working in manufacturing, WWD relies more on manufacturing for work, than other region in the province.