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1 COMMUNITY PROFILENorthwestern In partnership with Statistics Canada

2 Overall total population almost unchanged, but community demographics are changing Growing Aboriginal Community Few newcomers Shrinking Francophone community Mixed news in youth population Community Profile Highlights Highlights in Northwestern (2001 to 2006):

3 Population Unchanged In 2006, there were 253,046 people living in Northwestern, which accounts for 2% of all Ontarians

4 Population Unchanged Between 2001 and 2006, Northwestern’s total population remained largely unchanged, increasing by just 0.1%

5 Growing Aboriginal Community Northwestern’s Aboriginal community has grown by 17.7% or 8,235 people 46,455 or one in five people in Northwestern is Aboriginal

6 The composition of Northwestern’s Aboriginal community is different than the rest of the province, with a higher proportion identifying themselves as First Nations and fewer as Métis Strong Growth in Aboriginal Community * Multiple Aboriginal Identities ** Aboriginal Identities not included elsewhere

7 Close to 600,000 immigrants came to Ontario between 2001 and 2006; of those, just over 1,000 settled in Northwestern The low rate of immigration to this region is reflective of a five decade trend Less than 10% of residents reported being foreign-born in Northwestern, whereas 28% of Ontarians were born outside of Canada The majority of foreign-born Northwestern residents established themselves long ago Few New Canadians

8 Francophone Community Shrinking In 2006, there were 985 fewer Francophones in Northwestern than in 2001 – an 11% decrease Northwestern’s 7,805 Francophones account for 3.3% of the area’s population More than three-quarters of Northwestern’s Francophone population is concentrated in the Thunder Bay district

9 Mixed News in Youth Ages While Northwestern’s youth population increased more than its overall population (1.8% compared to 0.1%), this growth is less than Ontario overall (9.3%)

10 Age Pyramid

11 ONTARIO 1.Italian 2.Chinese (not specified) 3.Cantonese 4.Spanish 5.German NORTHWESTERN 1.Ojibway 2.Oji-Cree 3.Italian 4.Finnish 5.German Community Profile Highlights Top Five Mother Tongues: (other than English & French)

12 Kenora Population is growing and has reversed the declining trend from the previous census Kenora is home to almost 60% of the region’s Aboriginal community Children account for 25% of Kenora residents, making it one of the youngest populations in Ontario Kenora has the highest concentration of youth as a percentage of the overall population of any area in Ontario Almost all (94%) of the real increases to Northwestern’s youth population occurred in Kenora Community Profile Highlights

13 Also of Interest: For the second time in a row, census figures show Rainy River and Thunder Bay both experienced a decrease in population Though Rainy River has a higher proportion of older people than other areas, younger people (0-14) still account for 1 in every 5 people Employment gains were greatest in Kenora and least in Thunder Bay There is a huge disparity in income levels between residents living on reserve and those off-reserve Community Profile Highlights

14 Additional Information This document presents highlights from the Northwestern Community Profile To view the full report, please refer to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) website at There you will find the Community Profiles for OTF’s 16 catchment areas and the province overall The Community Profiles were produced in partnership with Statistics Canada, using the most recent 2006 Census information We hope that they will be of benefit to Ontario’s not-for-profit sector


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