Ontarians on the Move, 2021 Edition. #12 — Where are Ontario’s Non-Permanent Residents Living?

The 2020 population estimate is obtained by taking the 2016 Census data (2016 Cen) and adding the estimated 2016–20 non-permanent resident population growth (16–20 Chg). The 2016–20 Chg adds together the estimated non-permanent resident population changes for 16/17, 17/18, 18/19, and 19/20, shown on the right-hand side of the table.
  • The number of non-permanent residents in Ontario has more than doubled in four years. There’s your population growth right there.
  • In 2016, roughly 116,000 non-permanent residents lived in Toronto or Peel. By 2020, that figure was almost a quarter-million.
  • The population of non-permanent residents more than doubled in the last four years in Waterloo, Middlesex, Hamilton, Niagara, and Essex. Given these are all centres for higher education, this is likely explained by the international student boom.
  • In percentage terms, there have been particularly large increases in Thunder Bay, Sudbury and Peterborough.



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Mike Moffatt

Mike Moffatt

Senior Director, Smart Prosperity. Assistant Prof, Ivey Business School. Exhausted but happy Dad of 2 wonderful kids with autism. I used to do other stuff.