Statistics Canada has a dataset which shows population estimates for various cities and regions across Canada for every year since 2001. I thought it would be interesting to compile the data for the major cities/regions in southern Ontario, and see where people are settling over the years.
The chart above shows the most populated and rapidly growing municipalities/regions in Southern Ontario. Each blue (or red bar) denotes the yearly net change in residents between 2001 to 2015 for each municipality/region.
What is most interesting in the chart is the increasing number of people settling in Toronto (and to a lesser extent, Hamilton) over the years. Clearly, people are attracted to urban settings, and want to live closer to work and various amenities. But that wasn’t always the case, as Toronto was the only municipality/region shown above to have experienced a decline in its population during the last 15 years (albeit only for a two year period).
In contrast are York, Peel, Waterloo and Durham Region which are growing by fewer people per year since the turn of millennium (although Peel and Durham have experienced consistent net annual growth in population since 2008).
Durham Region could be interesting to follow over the next few years, as it could be experiencing an increase in annual population growth due to its proximity to Toronto and lower house prices.