Data Insights – 2016 Census Release on Immigration

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Recently released 2016 Census figures show that there is an increasingly diverse ethnic portrait emerging within Halton communities. Halton welcomed 20,480 new immigrants from 2011 to 2016 who landed in Canada on, or prior to May 10, 2016. New immigrants contribute to the social and economic development of Halton, and play a significant role in shaping and enriching its ethnic, cultural and linguistic composition.

  • 30 per cent per cent of Halton’s population reported they were, or had ever been a landed immigrant or permanent resident, with recent immigrants making up 4 per cent per cent of its population.
  • 41 per cent per cent of all immigrants were 35 to 44 years old at the time of immigration, followed by 20 per cent per cent in both 5 to 14 and 15 to 24 age groups, 12 per cent per cent under 5 years and 8 per cent per cent over 45 years.
  • Asia is the top source continent followed by Europe for total immigrants (41 per cent and 38 per cent). The 2011 to 2016 period also saw Asia as the top continent for recent immigrants (60 per cent), followed by the Americas (15 per cent), Europe (13 per cent), Africa (12 per cent) and Oceania (1 per cent).
  • One in two recent immigrants in Halton Region settled in Oakville (50 per cent) followed by Milton (27 per cent), Burlington (20 per cent) and Halton Hills (3 per cent).
  • The majority (62 per cent) of these new immigrants were admitted under the economic category, 27 per cent under the family class to join family already in the country, and 11 per cent were admitted as refugees.

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