Religion In Ontario

Ontario, one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province by a large margin, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all Canadians, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto.

Vital statistics

Birth Rate: 10.8/1,000 people [1]

Death Rate: 7.1/1,000 people [2]

Life Expectancy at birth: 81 years (2006 est) [3]

Infant Mortality rate: 5.2 (2007 est) [4]

Source: Statistics Canada

Historic populations since 1851

Year Population 5 year
% change
10 year
% change
% Canadian
population
1851 952,004 - - 39.0%
1861 1,396,091 - 46.6% 43.2%
1871 1,620,851 - 16.1% 43.9%
1881 1,926,922 - 18.8% 45.4%
1891 2,114,321 - 9.7% 48.9%
1901 2,182,947 - 3.2% 40.6%
1911 2,527,292 - 15.8% 35.1%
1921 2,933,662 - 16.1% 33.4%
1931 3,431,683 - 17.0% 33.1%
1941 3,787,655 - 10.4% 32.9%
1951 4,597,542 - 21.3% 32.8%
1956 5,404,933 17.6% - 33.6%
1961 6,236,092 15.4% 35.6% 34.2%
1966 6,960,870 11.6% 28.8% 34.9%
1971 7,703,105 10.7% 23.5% 35.7%
1976 8,264,465 7.3% 18.7% 35.9%
1981 8,625,107 4.4% 12.0% 35.4%
1986 9,101,695 5.5% 10.1% 36.0%
1991 10,084,885 10.8% 16.9% 36.9%
1996 10,753,573 10.7% 18.2% 37.3%
2001 11,410,046 6.1% 13.2% 38.0%
2006 12,160,282 6.6% 13.1% 38.4%
2011 12,851,821 5.7% 12.6% 38.4%
2016 13,448,494 4.6% 9.6% 38.3%

Source: Statistics Canada [5]

Age structure

Age Groups Total Male Female
0-4 years 671,250 343,340 327,910
5-9 years 772,650 396,385 376,265
10-14 years 788,845 404,970 383,880
15-24 years 1,487,835 754,565 733,270
25-34 years 1,558,495 760,695 797,800
35-44 years 1,959,520 963,840 995,680
45-54 years 1,635,280 801,540 833,735
55-64 years 1,064,000 520,570 543,430
65-74 years 818,170 383,625 434,540
75-84 years 503,930 202,270 301,665
85 years and over 150,075 45,260 104,810
Total 11,410,045 5,577,055 5,832,990

Source : Statistics Canada [6] 2001

Visible minorities and Aboriginals

Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2011 Census)
Population group Population  % of total population
White 9,070,800 71.7%
Visible minority group
Source:[7]
South Asian 965,990 7.6%
Chinese 629,140 5%
Black 539,205 4.3%
Filipino 275,380 2.2%
Latin American 172,560 1.4%
Arab 151,645 1.1%
Southeast Asian 137,875 1.1%
West Asian 122,530 1%
Korean 78,290 0.6%
Japanese 29,085 0.2%
Visible minority, n.i.e. 81,130 0.6%
Multiple visible minority 96,735 0.8%
Total visible minority population 3,279,565 25.9%
Aboriginal group
Source:[7]
First Nations 201,100 1.6%
Métis 86,020 0.7%
Inuit 3,555 0%
Aboriginal, n.i.e. 8,040 0.1%
Multiple Aboriginal identity 2,910 0%
Total Aboriginal population 301,430 2.4%
Total population 12,651,795 100%

Ethnic groups

As of 2006 census.[8]

Ethnic group Responses %
Total population 12,028,895 100
English 2,971,360 24.7
Canadian 2,768,870 23.0
Scottish 2,101,100 17.5
Irish 1,988,940 16.5
French 1,351,600 11.2
German 1,144,560 9.5
Italian 867,980 7.2
Chinese 644,465 5.4
East Indian 573,250 4.8
Dutch (Netherlands) 490,995 4.1
Polish 465,560 3.9
Ukrainian 336,355 2.8
North American Indian 317,890 2.6
Portuguese 282,870 2.4
Filipino 215,750 1.8
British, not included
elsewhere
205,755 1.7
Jamaican 197,540 1.6
Welsh 182,825 1.5
Jewish 177,255 1.5
Russian 167,365 1.4
Hungarian (Magyar) 151,750 1.3
Spanish 149,160 1.2
Greek 132,440 1.1
American (USA) 113,050 0.9
Pakistani 91,160 0.8
Métis 87,090 0.7
Sri Lankan 85,935 0.7
Vietnamese 83,330 0.7
Romanian 80,710 0.7
African, not included elsewhere 75,500 0.6
Finnish 72,990 0.6
Korean 72,065 0.6
Croatian 71,380 0.6
Iranian 70,590 0.6

Note: The graph takes dual responses (for example if someone is French-Canadian he/she would be added to both French and Canadian) thus the graph does not add up to 100%. Some places of ones ethnic origin do refer to a single specified country of origin, i.e. Spanish refers to people from Spanish speaking countries such as Colombia, Argentina, Cuba and others; or East Indian where the respondents origin could be from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, etc.; and the list contains about 200 nationalities known to reside in the province. However, there are options for the respondent to identify the country alone.

Ontario is a very diverse province. For example, 54.8% of the population of Toronto was born outside Canada,[9] which is the second-largest percentage of immigrants in a single city on Earth, after Miami. Hamilton is ranked the third-most diverse urbanized area in Canada (after Toronto and Vancouver).[]

Mother tongue

[11]

Mother tongue Responses %
Total population 12,722,065 100
English 8,950,685 70.4
French 561,160 4.4
Italian 270,445 2.1
Chinese, not otherwise specified 202,225 1.6
Cantonese 195,060 1.5
Spanish 190,410 1.5
Panjabi (Punjabi) 187,145 1.5
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 165,105 1.3
Portuguese 157,640 1.2
Arabic 148,735 1.2
German 147,040 1.2
Urdu 144,930 1.1
Polish 134,595 1.1

Religious groups

Religion in Ontario in 2011, Statscan National Household Survey [10]
Canadian Christian bodies
Religion People %
Total 12,651,795 100
Christian 8,167,295 64.6
No Religious Affiliation 2,927,790 23.1
Muslim 581,950 4.6
Hindu 366,720 2.9
Jewish 195,540 1.5
Sikh 179,765 1.4
Buddhist 163,750 1.3
Traditional Aboriginal (Spirituality) 15,905 0.1
Other Religions 53,080 0.4
  • Of Christian faith: Catholic at 3,976,610 (31.4%); United Church 952,465 (7.5%); Anglican 774,560 (6.1%); Presbyterian 319,585 (2.5%); Christian Orthodox 297,710 (2.4%); Baptist 244,650 (1.9%); Pentecostal 213,945 (1.7%); Lutheran 163,460 (1.3%); Other Christian 1,224,300 (9.7%)

Source: Statistics Canada [10] StatsCan 2011 National Household Survey[7]

Census Metropolitan Areas

City 2011 [11] 2006 [12] 2001 [13] 1996 [14] 1991 [14]
Toronto 5,583,064 5,113,149 4,682,897 4,263,757 3,898,933
Ottawa-Gatineau 1,236,324 1,130,761 1,063,664 1,010,498 941,814
Hamilton 721,053 692,911 662,401 624,360 599,760
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 477,160 451,235 414,284 382,940 356,421
London 474,786 457,720 432,451 398,616 381,522
St. Catharines-Niagara 392,184 390,317 377,009 372,406 364,552
Oshawa 356,177 330,594 296,298 268,773 240,104
Windsor 319,246 323,342 307,877 278,685 262,075
Barrie 187,013 177,061 148,480 118,695 97,150
Greater Sudbury 160,770 158,258 155,601 160,488 157,613
Kingston 159,561 152,358 146,838 143,416 136,401
Guelph 141,097 127,009 117,344 105,420 97,667
Brantford 135,501 124,607 86,417 100,238 97,106
Thunder Bay 121,596 122,907 121,986 125,562 124,925
Peterborough 118,975 116,570 102,423 100,193 98,060

Municipalities

City 2011 [15] 2006 [16] 2001 [17] 1996 [18] 1991 [18]
Toronto 2,615,060 2,503,281 2,481,494 2,385,421 2,275,771
Ottawa 883,391 812,129 774,072 721,136 678,147
Mississauga 713,443 668,549 612,925 544,382 463,388
Brampton 523,911 433,806 325,428 268,251 234,445
Hamilton 519,949 504,559 490,268 467,799 451,665
London 366,151 352,395 336,539 325,646 311,620
Markham 301,709 261,573 208,615 173,383 153,811
Vaughan 288,301 238,866 182,022 132,549 111,359
Kitchener 219,153 204,668 190,399 178,420 168,282
Windsor 210,891 216,473 208,402 197,694 191,435
Richmond Hill 185,541 162,704 132,030 101,725 80,142
Oakville 182,520 165,613 144,738 128,405 114,670
Burlington 175,779 164,415 150,836 136,976 129,575
Greater Sudbury 160,274 157,857 155,219 164,049 161,210
Oshawa 149,607 141,590 139,051 134,364 129,344

See also

Demographics of Canada's provinces and territories

References


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