Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Determinants Of Health

Immigration

Overall
By Age
By Mother Tongue
By Home Language
By Education
By Employment
By Median Income (after tax)
By Low Income

Overall

According to the 2016 Census, 12% of Simcoe Muskoka’s population (or about 66,120 people) were immigrants to Canada. By comparison, in Ontario, 29% of the population (or 3,852,145) were immigrants to Canada.

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In Simcoe County, 13% or 61,605 people were immigrants to Canada and 1% (or 4,115) were recent immigrants (i.e. immigrated within the last 5 years of the Census) in 2016. Municipalities in Simcoe County with the highest percentage of their municipal population being composed of immigrants included Bradford West Gwillimbury (28% of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s population or 9, 625 immigrants), Wasaga Beach (18% or 3,580) and Innisfil (16% or 5,745).

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In the District of Muskoka, 8% or 4,515 people were immigrants to Canada and 0.3% (or 195) were recent immigrants (i.e. immigrated within the last 5 years of the Census) in 2016. Georgian Bay had the highest percentage of its population (11% or 275) identifying as immigrants.

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Half of the 66,120 immigrants that live in Simcoe Muskoka arrived prior to 1981 (52% or 34,400). Seven per cent (or just over 4,300) of all immigrants living in Simcoe Muskoka reported themselves as recent immigrants who came to Canada between 2011 and 2016. In comparison, 12% of Ontario’s immigrants (or 472,170) reported arriving between 2011 and 2016.

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Among immigrants residing in Simcoe Muskoka, 62% (or 40,915) were born in Europe. Most were born in the United Kingdom (22% or 14,740), Germany (6% or 4,060), and Italy (6% or 3,910). In contrast, 49% of Immigrants in Ontario were born in Asia while 30% were born in Europe.

Top 5 Places of Birth for the Immigrant Population Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario, 2016

Simcoe Muskoka, % (population)

Ontario, % (population)

United Kingdom, 22% (14,740)

India, 9% (360,540)

Germany, 6% (4,060)

China, 8% (317,225)

Other places in Europe, 6% (3,960)

United Kingdom, 7% (264,125)

Italy, 6% (3,910)

Philippines, 6% (231,760)

Portugal, 5% (3,380)

Other places in Asia, 6% (169,555)

Data Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population.

The birthplace of recent immigrants was quite different from all immigrants in Simcoe Muskoka. Among recent immigrants in Simcoe Muskoka, 50% (or 2,170) were born in Asia while 27% (or 1,145) were born in Europe. The top five places of birth for the recent immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka included the Philippines (12% or 530), other places in Europe (11% or 470), China (9% or 375), India (9% or 370) and the United Kingdom (8% or 360).

According to the 2016 Census, among the immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 29% (or 18,995) reported belonging to a visible minority group with almost one-quarter (23%) reported being South Asian.

In comparison, among the recent immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 61% (or 2,645) reported belonging to a visible minority group with one-quarter (26%) reported being South Asian.

By Age

In 2016, the median age of all immigrants, regardless of year of immigration, in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka was 57 and 66 years, respectively. This was older than the median age of the total population which was 43 years in Simcoe County and 51 years in Muskoka District.

Children aged 14 and under made up 2.1% (or 1,420) of the total immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, while over one third (36.9% or 24,405) of the immigrant population were seniors aged 65 and over.

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The median age of recent immigrants in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka was younger at 34 years and 35 years, respectively.

In comparison, children aged 14 and under made up 16.5% (or 710) of the recent immigrant population, while 6.7% (or 290) were seniors aged 65 and over.

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By Mother Tongue

According to the 2016 Census, among the total immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 43% (or 28,760) reported English and 1% (or 615) reported French as their mother tongue. Of the 56% (or 36,840) who reported a single non-official language as their mother tongue, 11% (or 3,985) reported German, 10% (or 3,545) reported Portuguese, and 9% (or 3,495) reported Italian.

In comparison, among the recent immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 28% (or 1,190) reported English and 1% reported French as their mother tongue. Of the 71% (or 3,075) who reported a single non-official language as their mother tongue, the top three were: Tagalog (Filipino) (12% or 375), Mandarin (9% or 285), and Russian (9% or 270).

In Ontario, 29% of the total immigrant population reported English and 1% reported French as their mother tongue. Of the 70% (or 2,701,525) who reported a single non-official language as their mother tongue, 8% reported Cantonese, 8% reported Mandarin, and 6% reported Tagalog (Filipino).

Among the recent immigrant population in Ontario, 21% reported English and 2% reported French as their mother tongue. Of the 77% (or 365,225) who reported a single non-official language as their mother tongue, 13% reported Mandarin, 11% reported Arabic, and 10% reported Tagalog (Filipino).

By Home Language

Among the total immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 79% (or 51,960) reported they spoke English, and less than 1% reported they spoke French most often at home in 2016. Of the 21% (or 13,885) who reported a single non-official language spoken most often at home, 10% (or 1,405) reported Portuguese, 9% (or 1,295) reported Spanish, and 8% (or 1,155) reported Russian.

Among the recent immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 56% (or 2,430) reported they spoke English most often at home. Of the 43% (or 1,855) who reported a single non-official language as the language spoken most often at home, the top three languages reported were: Russian (12% or 220), Mandarin (12% or 220), and Spanish (9% or 175).

Note: For the official languages of English and French, the calculations presented include both single and multiple responses to the question: What language does this person speak most often at home? Does this person speak any other languages on a regular basis at home? Totals may not equal 100% due to this and also due to rounding.

By Knowledge of Official Languages

According to the 2016 Census, among the total immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 97% (or 64,250) reported knowing English (i.e. were able to conduct a conversation in English), 5% (or 3,115) knew French and 61% (or 40,440) knew a non-official language, with the top three being German (4,755), Italian (4,105) and Portuguese (3,870).

In comparison, among the recent immigrant population in Simcoe Muskoka, 92% (or 3,950) reported knowing English, 5% (or 215) knew French and 79% (3,400) knew a non-official language, with the top three being Mandarin (350), Spanish (340) and Russian (315).

By Education

In terms of educational attainment, 61% of all immigrants (or 23,155) between the ages of 25 and 64 in Simcoe Muskoka indicated they have a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree. A slightly higher percentage of recent immigrants(69% or 2,895) in Simcoe Muskoka indicated that they have received a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree.

In comparison, 58% (or almost 165,440 people) of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population aged 25 to 64 have completed a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.

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By Employment

According to the Census, in 2016, 54% (or 34,770) of the total immigrant population 15 years and older were part of the labour force in Simcoe Muskoka. Half (51% or 32,805) of the population aged 15 years and older were employed, slightly less than the overall population in Simcoe Muskoka which was 60% (or 267,275).

Approximately 68% of the recent immigrant population 15 years and older in Simcoe Muskoka (or 2,430) were part of the labour force. Over half 61% (or 2,190) of the recent immigrant population aged 15 years and older were employed.

The unemployment rate in Simcoe Muskoka for the total immigrant population 15 years and older was similar to the unemployment rate for the overall population 15 years and older in Simcoe Muskoka, 6% and 7% respectively. In comparison, the unemployment rate for recent immigrants 15 years and older in Simcoe Muskoka (10%) was higher than both the total immigrant and overall population unemployment rates.

By Median Income (after tax)

The medianafter-tax income in 2015 for all immigrants aged 15 years and older in Simcoe County was $29,180, which was slightly higher than the median after-tax income for all immigrants living in the District of Muskoka ($28,148).

In 2015, the median after-tax income for recent immigrants aged 15 years and over in Simcoe County was $18,519, which was $3,000 lower than the median after-tax income for recent immigrants in the District of Muskoka ($21,526). In comparison, the 2015 median after-tax income for the total population aged 15 years and over in Simcoe County and District of Muskoka was $30,951 and $29,515 respectively.

By Low Income

Based on the CensusLow Income Measure after tax (LIM-AT), 12% (or 8,255) of all immigrants and 23% (or 970) of recent immigrants in Simcoe Muskoka were living in low income in 2015. In comparison, according to Census, 12% (or 61,115) of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population was living in low income in 2015.

In Ontario, 18% of all immigrants (or 685,870) and 36% of recent immigrants (or 167,855) were living in low income in 2015 (based on the Census LIM-AT).

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