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POPULATION (Source: Stats Canada 2006)

At the time of the 2006 Census, the municipalities of Peel—Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon, experienced the second highest rate of growth among the Regions of Ontario. Between 2001 and 2006, the population of Peel grew from 988,948 to 1,159,405, reflecting an increase of 17.2% or an average increase of 34,091 people annually. The combined populations of Peel Region and Dufferin County has now reached well over 1 million.

Catholic Family Services served 24,508 people in 2008/2009 through counselling programs, community awareness, Parish Social Ministry, crisis support, information and referral.

DIVERSITY (Source: Canada Census Data 2006)

  • 9.5% of Ontario's immigrant population lives in Peel
  • 58.6% of Peel's total population is comprised of immigrants. Peel's immigration population grew by 32.1% between 2001 to 2006 compared to 12.25% for Ontario.
  • 10.4% of Ontario's visible minority population lives in Peel
  • Visible minorities represent 50% of the population in Peel
  • Over 93 different ethnic groups in Peel
  • Over 60 different languages spoken by residents of Peel
  • At least 67 different mother tongues
  • Top languages (exclusive of English and French): Punjabi, Chinese, Urdu, Polish, Spanish, Tagalog, Portuguese, Tamil, Arabic
  • Approximately 15% of the Peel population is non-Christian (Eastern Religions) (Source: Stats Canada 2001)
  • 57% of the clients served by Catholic Family Services claimed an ethnicity other than Canadian

45% of the clients served by Catholic Family Services are Catholic, while 44% are non-Catholic and 11% are undetermined

INCOME (Source: Stats Canada 2006)

  • Average Peel family income is $87,765
  • 30,000 Peel families are low income earners ($32,000 or less)
  • 56% of the clients served by Catholic Family Services earn a family income of $30,000 or less, while 69% earned a family income of $40,000 or less.