New Census Data Reveals Interesting Facts About Brampton's Workforce


Brampton has changed dramatically over the years, steadily growing from a quaint community to a bustling city with a population of almost 600,000 people—people who are seemingly more diverse, more educated and more prone to being struck in traffic than ever before.

Recently released census data has shed light on interesting facts about education, work, transit and commuting in Brampton and beyond.

In terms of Canada overall, Stats Can has revealed that 28.5 per cent of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, 22.4 per cent of adults in the same age group have a college diploma and 10.8 per cent have an apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma.

In 2015, 49.8 per cent of adults between 25 and 54 worked full-time for a full-year.

As far as transit goes, just 12.4 per cent of were using public transit to get to work in 2016. In terms of commute, Canadians were spending an average of 26.2 minutes getting to and from work. As far as language goes, most Canadians still speak English or French almost exclusively at work—99.2 per cent. Only 15.4 per cent use more than language while working.

As far as Brampton goes, the numbers aren’t far off the Canadian average.

The data indicates that 234,355 residents over 15 years of age in private households have a post-secondary certificate, degree or diploma, with slightly more women than men completing post-secondary studies (121,285 vs 113,070). Stans Can says 93,770 residents have no certificate, degree or diploma, while 142,640 have a secondary school diploma or equivalent.

In terms of apprenticeships, 22,105 have gone the trade or apprenticeship route. In this area, men outnumber women 15,200 to 6,900.

Data reveals that 78,560 residents have a bachelor’s degree, 86,315 have a college diploma or non-university certificate, 7,210 have a university certificate or diploma above the bachelor level, 2,525 have a degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry, 24,425 have a master’s degree and 1,480 have earned a doctorate.

More women have bachelor’s and medical degrees than men, but men have more master’s and doctorate degrees.

As for what people studied or are studying, 10,590 study education, 18,380 study the humanities, 26,685 study social and behavioural sciences and law, 57,340 study business, 12,335 study physical and life sciences and technologies and 14,475 study math and computer science.

More men than women gravitate to architecture and mathematics while more women choose to study business, social science and law and the humanities.

Data reveals that 140,720 residents study in Canada and 133,600 choose to stay in Ontario.

In terms of commuting, 211,650 residents drive to work, while 38,925 take public transportation. Data reveals that 20,685 are driven to work, 4,585 walk, 725 cycle and 2,310 use an alternate mode of transportation to get to their place of employment.

As far as commuting times go, 91,125 residents commute for 15-29 minutes a day, while 44,495 spend over an hour commuting. Stats Can says 35,545 enjoy commutes of less than 15 minutes, while 75,385 are in transit for 30-44 minutes and 32,340 for 45-50 minutes.

Most residents leave for work between 7:00 and 7:59 a.m. (63,410).

In terms of employment, data shows that 293,075 residents are employed versus 26,545 who are unemployed. The employment rate in the city is 62.3 per cent.

As for what industries residents tend to work in, data reveals that 25,700 are in management positions, 54,715 work in the business, finance and administration sectors, 21,550 work in natural and applied sciences, 15,185 work in health-related fields and 24,090 work in education, law and social, community and government services.

Residents also work in arts and culture, sales and service, trades, natural resources and natural resources.

In terms of language, 317,745 speak English or French at work versus 6,760 who speak non-official languages. As for what other languages residents speak at work, 4,315 speak Punjabi, 230 speak Gujarati, 145 speak Vietnamese, 170 speak Tamil, 335 speak Hindi, 130 speak Polish, 160 speak Urdu, 295 speak Portuguese, 275 speak Spanish and 280 speak a Chinese language such as Mandarin or Cantonese.

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