Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Wasaga Beach, T - Ontario 1

Map of Wasaga Beach, T (shaded in green), Ontario

Map of Wasaga Beach, T

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Prov. rank

89

Nat. rank

238

In 2011, Wasaga Beach (Town) had a population of 17,537, representing a percentage change of 16.7% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 58.43 square kilometres with a population density of 300.1 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Wasaga Beach (Town) had 7,573 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 21.4%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Wasaga Beach (Town) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Wasaga Beach (Town) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Clearview, Ont. TP 13,734 14,088 -2.5
Springwater, Ont. TP 18,223 17,456 4.4
Collingwood, Ont. T 19,241 17,290 E 11.3
Tiny, Ont. TP 11,232 10,754 A 4.4

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Milton T 84,362 53,889 A 56.5
Whitchurch-Stouffville T 37,628 24,390 54.3
Ajax T 109,600 90,167 21.6
Brampton CY 523,911 433,806 20.8
Vaughan CY 288,301 238,866 20.7

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Thunder Bay, Unorganized NO 5,909 6,585 -10.3
Hearst T 5,090 5,620 -9.4
Dryden CY 7,617 8,195 -7.1
The Blue Mountains T 6,453 6,825 -5.5

Age and sex

Wasaga Beach, T – Age distribution

Table 4 Wasaga Beach, T – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 12.3% 13.1% 11.5%
15 to 64 58.6% 57.7% 59.5%
65 and over 29.1% 29.1% 29.0%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Wasaga Beach, T was 29.1%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 58.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 12.3%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.

Wasaga Beach, T – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Wasaga Beach, T – Population by broad age groups, sex and population change between 2006 and 2011, 2006 to 2011 censuses
Broad age groups by sex Population
2011 2006 change % change
Both sexes
Total 17,540 15,030 2,510 16.7
0 to 14 2,155 2,130 25 1.2
15 to 64 10,280 9,155 1,125 12.3
65 and over 5,105 3,745 1,360 36.3
Males
Total 8,635 7,505 1,130 15.1
0 to 14 1,135 1,185 -50 -4.2
15 to 64 4,980 4,445 535 12.0
65 and over 2,515 1,875 640 34.1
Females
Total 8,900 7,525 1,375 18.3
0 to 14 1,020 945 75 7.9
15 to 64 5,295 4,705 590 12.5
65 and over 2,585 1,870 715 38.2

Wasaga Beach, T – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Wasaga Beach, T – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 17,540 8,635 8,900
0 to 4 years 640 320 320
5 to 9 years 730 400 335
10 to 14 years 785 415 370
15 to 19 years 890 500 385
20 to 24 years 630 325 305
25 to 29 years 665 330 330
30 to 34 years 705 325 380
35 to 39 years 840 415 420
40 to 44 years 985 475 505
45 to 49 years 1,245 635 615
50 to 54 years 1,255 600 660
55 to 59 years 1,320 590 730
60 to 64 years 1,750 790 960
65 to 69 years 1,740 845 895
70 to 74 years 1,475 710 765
75 to 79 years 1,035 550 480
80 to 84 years 550 280 260
85 years and over 310 125 180
Median age 52.6 51.4 53.7

Wasaga Beach, T – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Wasaga Beach, T was 52.6 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 7 Canada, Ontario and Wasaga Beach, T – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Wasaga Beach, T 48.8 52.6

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Wasaga Beach was 5,805, which represents a change of 18.0% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Wasaga Beach, 76.8% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 12.2% were common-law-couples and 10.9% were lone-parent families.

Wasaga Beach – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Ontario, CSD of Wasaga Beach, T and neighbouring census subdivisions – Distribution of census families by family structure, 2011 Census
Geographic name Total families Married-couple families Common-law-couple families Lone-parent families % change, census families, 2006 to 2011
number % number % number %
Canada  9,389,695 6,293,950 67.0 1,567,905 16.7 1,527,840 16.3 5.5
Ontario  3,612,205 2,612,890 72.3 394,670 10.9 604,645 16.7 5.5
Wasaga Beach, T 5,805 4,460 76.8 710 12.2 630 10.9 18.0
Clearview, TP 4,100 3,065 74.8 520 12.7 515 12.6 -1.9
Springwater, TP 5,440 4,310 79.2 600 11.0 530 9.7 5.1
Collingwood, T 5,515 3,695 67.0 810 14.7 1,010 18.3 11.3
Tiny, TP 3,595 2,695 75.0 495 13.8 405 11.3 4.2

Wasaga Beach – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Wasaga Beach, 28.5% were couples with children aged 24 and under at home. In comparison, as a whole, 46.9% of couples in Canada had children aged 24 and under at home.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 1,225
Married couples without children * 3,230
Common-law-couples with children * 245
Common-law-couples without children * 465

Wasaga Beach – Marital status

In Wasaga Beach, 68.0% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (58.6%) or living with a common-law partner (9.4%).

The remaining 32.0% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.

Note: Percentages may not total 100 percent due to random rounding.

Table 9 Canada, Ontario, Wasaga Beach, T – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Wasaga Beach, T Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 15,380 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 10,455 68.0 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 9,010 58.6 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,445 9.4 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 4,925 32.0 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 2,580 16.8 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 470 3.1 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 870 5.7 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 1,005 6.5 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Wasaga Beach – Types of private households

There were 7,575 private households4 in Wasaga Beach in 2011, a change of 21.5% from 2006. Of these, 18.7% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 5.6% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Wasaga Beach, T – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Wasaga Beach, T Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 7,575 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,420 18.7 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
3,565 47.1 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 565 7.5 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,730 22.8 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 125 1.7 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households10 165 2.2 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Wasaga Beach – Structural type of dwelling

In Wasaga Beach, 88.3% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.0% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Ontario, Wasaga Beach, T – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Wasaga Beach, T Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 7,575 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 6,690 88.3 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 165 2.2 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 275 3.6 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 270 3.6 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 75 1.0 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 15 0.2 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 90 1.2 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Wasaga Beach, T – Mother tongue

Chart J: Wasaga Beach, T - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Wasaga Beach, T - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Note: Counts for mother tongue as well as those for language spoken most often at home include single responses only.

In Wasaga Beach, 84.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.2% reported French only, and 12.3% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 68.2% for English only, 3.9% for French only and 25.7% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 93.7% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.7% spoke only French and 3.7% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 79.0% for only English, 2.2% for only French and 14.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Wasaga Beach, T – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 17,510 100.0 17,515 100.0
English 14,805 84.6 16,415 93.7
French 390 2.2 130 0.7
Non-official language 2,145 12.3 645 3.7
Multiple responses 170 1.0 325 1.9
Table 13 Wasaga Beach, T – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention13
(in percentage)
Total retention; language spoken at home at least on a regular basis Complete retention; language spoken most often at home Partial retention; language spoken at home on a regular basis
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
English 99.9 99.8 0.1
French 49.4 31.8 17.6
Non-official language 64.4 38.2 26.2

Wasaga Beach, T – Non-official languages

In Wasaga Beach, the three most common mother tongues were Italian (2.5%), German (2.5%) and Polish (1.3%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Italian (2.1%), Chinese, n.o.s. (1.6%) and Cantonese (1.5%).

Table 14 Wasaga Beach, T – The most common non-official-language mother tongues, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Number Percentage of non-official language mother-tongue population Percentage of total population
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
Italian 445 19.4 2.5
German 440 19.2 2.5
Polish 225 9.8 1.3
Portuguese 155 6.8 0.9
Dutch 155 6.8 0.9

Wasaga Beach, T – Bilingualism

Table 15 Wasaga Beach, T – Rate of English-French bilingualism by mother tongue and age groups, 2011 Census
Age groups Mother tongue
Total English French Non-official language
Note: Counts for mother tongue include single responses only. Consequently, the total excludes multiple responses.
Total 5.3 3.2 87.2 4.4
0 to 19 4.5 3.5 87.5 6.3
20 to 44 7.4 5.2 89.5 7.0
45 to 64 5.6 2.8 84.4 6.4
65 and over 3.8 1.9 85.0 2.3
Table 16 Wasaga Beach, T – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 17,510 100.0
English only 16,485 94.1
French only 15 0.1
English and French 940 5.4
Neither English nor French 70 0.4

Symbols:

···
not applicable
excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements. For further information, refer to Notes.
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement. For further information, refer to Notes.
A
adjusted figure due to boundary change. For further information, refer to Content considerations.
E
use with caution. For further information, refer to Cautionary note.

Note(s):

  1. Wasaga Beach, T (Ontario) – This census subdivision has the following data quality indicators (commonly referred to as data quality flags):
     

    In 2006, the population and/or dwelling counts for this census subdivision were found to be incorrect. Since it is not possible to make changes to the 2006 Census data presented in these tables, the 2006 data should be used with caution. For further details, please refer to the Population and dwelling count amendments, 2011 Census.

  2. Median age: Age 'x' that divides a population in two groups of the same population size, one group being older than age 'x' and the other group being younger than age 'x'.
  3. Census family: Refers to a married couple (with or without children), a common-law couple (with or without children) or a lone parent family.
  4. Household, private: Refers to a person or a group of persons (other than foreign residents) who occupy a private dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada.
  5. Household type: Refers to the basic division of private households into family and non-family households. Family household refers to a household that contains at least one census family, that is, a married couple with or without children, or a couple living in common-law with or without children or a lone parent living with one or more children.
  6. Couple-family households with children: Refers to couple households with at least one child aged 24 and under.
  7. Couple-family households without children: Refers to couple households without children aged 24 and under. Includes couple households with all children aged 25 and over.
  8. Lone-parent-family households: Refers to all lone-parent family households regardless of age of children.
  9. Multiple-family households: Refers to a household in which two or more census families (with or without additional persons) occupy the same private dwelling.
  10. Other households: Refers to two or more people who share a private dwelling, but who do not constitute a census family.
  11. Other single-attached house: A single dwelling that is attached to another building and that does not fall into any of the other categories, such as a single dwelling attached to a non-residential structure (e.g., a store or a church) or occasionally to another residential structure (e.g., an apartment building).
  12. Movable dwelling includes mobile homes and other movable dwellings such as houseboats and railroad cars.
  13. Mother-tongue retention: Retention refers to the situation where people speak their mother tongue at home. Retention is defined as 'complete' when the mother tongue is the language spoken most often and 'partial' when it is spoken on a regular basis but not most often. The (complete or partial) retention rate refers to the proportion of the population with a given mother tongue that speaks that language at home most often or on a regular basis. The retention rate provides an indication of a group's linguistic vitality, particularly the importance of transmitting languages between generations.


Source:

Statistics Canada. 2012. Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-310-XWE2011004. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2011 Census. Last updated October 24, 2012.