Everyone is unique in their own way and this is no exception when it comes to the people within the Halton region.
The Halton region is incredibly diverse, but exactly how diverse?
Luckily, the Halton Region website, as well as Statistics Canada, provides information regarding diversity within the region.
However, let’s first look at what diversity actually means.
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“Diversity refers to the inherent value in the distinctive characteristics, qualities and elements of an individual, a group of individuals, or a community,” according to the Halton Region website.
“These characteristics, qualities and elements include ethno-racial, faith, gender, mental ability, physical ability, literacy/educational level, age, sexual orientation and economic circumstances.”
With that being said, here’s how diverse the region is.
According to the Halton Region website, as of 2016 the top 10 languages (besides French and Aboriginal languages) that are spoken in Halton homes are Mandarin, Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Polish, Punjabi, Portuguese, Korean, Russian, and Tagalog.
According to Statistics Canada, as of 2016 the population of Halton is 548, 435. This is a 9.3 per cent increase from the region’s 2011 population – 501, 674.
The following graphic shows a breakdown of age characteristics within Halton. The first column is the total population, the middle is male, and the right is female.
The next graphic shows a breakdown of the different marital statuses within the region. Like the previous graphic, the first column is the total number, the middle is male, and the right is female.
The graphic below shows different family characteristics within the region.
For more information about diversity in the region, click here.
When it comes to diversity in the region, Halton is always trying to improve.
“Halton Region welcomes, respects and values diversity, and we provide services in a way that meets the needs of all residents,” Robert Hunter, Communications Specialist, Halton Region, said via email.
“Through the implementation of Halton Region’s Inclusion Strategy (approved by Regional Council in 2009), we built inclusion into the Region’s corporate culture to ensure we can efficiently and consistently serve Halton’s diverse communities. The Region also plays a leadership role in the Halton Newcomer Strategy, which helps eliminate barriers for newcomers in our municipalities.”
What do you think of diversity in Halton?
Graphics are courtesy of Statistics Canada (Census Profile, 2016 Census).