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At the heart of PNSGs strategy are statistics and data trends around the successful inclusion of newcomers in the Peel community.

Local data is particularly pertinent to understanding the uniqueness of the region; identifying gaps in the information and research available and a more comprehensive understanding of the newcomer experience and supports needed. As service provides speculate about newcomers and their specific needs, the urgency for a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of this population and for evidence-based research to inform decisions impacting services is paramount to success.

Research is conducted on matters relating to newcomers health, education, immigration and employment to encourage a holistic understanding of the settlement process along with potential barriers to success. Working with internal partners such as the United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel’s Peel Data Centre, and external partners such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and other Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPS) is an important part of PNSG’s role as a collaborator/ive. Collating and sharing critical data findings facilitate and inform the utilization of community assets towards the common goal of successful newcomer inclusion.

Peel Statistics

The research conducted provides and understanding of the local environment and the opportunities and challenges within. This local data is used to evaluate existing services, identify local community demographics, analyze trends, and recognize community needs.

The following collection of data helps develop an understanding of the newcomer population in Peel. 


  • Peel’s population is 1.3 million (1,296,814)
  • Mississauga makes up 55% of Peel’s population
  • Peel grew by 137,359 people between 2006 and 2011
  • According to the 2006 Census, the proportion of foreign-born population is at the highest level it has been in 75 years (Robert & Gilkinson, 2012)
  • Recent Immigration Population in Peel:


  • At 56.8%, Peel has the highest proportion of visible minorities in the GTA
  • 66.4% of Brampton’s population is made up of visible minorities
  • South Asian is the number one reported visible minority in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon
  • One percent of Peel’s residents (12,580) are of Aboriginal ancestry
  • Of the 310,410 immigrants from India in Ontario, 151,825 (48.9%) live in Peel
  • Top 10 Visible Minorities in Area Municipalities:


  • In 2011 there were 650,530 immigrants in Peel and 2,620,455 immigrants in the GTA.
  • Peel had 100,910 recent immigrants and was home to 24.8% of the GTA’s total immigrant population.
  • 10% (118,000) of Peel residents are recent immigrants and 38% (443,000) are long-term immigrants.  (Region of Peel, Public Health, 2012)
  • Mississauga has 57.6% of the Region’s total immigrant population
  • At 50.5%, Peel has the highest proportion of immigrants in the GTA
  • 52.5% of Brampton’s recent immigrants were born in India
  • 39.6% of Peel’s immigrant population were between the ages of 25-44 at the time of immigration
  • Peel has the second highest percentage (15.5%) of recent immigrants in the GTA
  • Peel continues to welcome over 34,000 new residents every year
  • Immigrants by period of immigration in Peel:

Religious affiliation:


Education and Training:

  • 39.8% of residents in Mississauga with a post-secondary diploma or degree earned their education outside of Canada
  • Within the GTA, Peel has the highest proportion (21.1%) of total population who earned a post-secondary education outside of Canada
  • Recent immigrants in Peel are highly educated but their unemployment rate is higher than that of long-term immigrants and non immigrants (Region of Peel, Public Health, 2012)


  • The Peel District School Board’s (PDSB) We Welcome the World Centres have seen an increase of 1,842 children aged 3-19 years registering between 2011-2013 – resulting in a 50% percent increase between 2011-2013.
  • Of the 9,359 children that registered with the PDSB We Welcome the World Centres between 2011-2013, 1,215 were still undecided in terms of their future career, 811 selected being a doctor, 727 engineering, and 593 in health and other sciences. 
  • Of the children registering between 2011-2013 to the PDSB We Welcome the World Centres, 21.6% of them indicated that English was spoken in their class from very little to only in text books from the country they immigrated from.
  • 4% of residents have no knowledge of English or French; 9% of recent immigrants in Peel does not speak English or French; this is higher among immigrant seniors of whom 22% do not speak either official language(health)
  • Children who are learning English or French at school entry are less likely than those who are bilingual or speak English or French fluently to be developmentally ready to enter school. (Region of Peel, Public Health, 2013)

Please note: Census data contained in the bulletin were collected by the voluntary 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) which replaced the mandatory long form Census. This change in methodology may affect the comparability of this data to data from previous long-form Census.

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