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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of North Saanich, DM - British Columbia

Map of North Saanich, DM (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of North Saanich, DM

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: North Saanich, DM - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: North Saanich, DM - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
54
Nat. rank
358

In 2011, North Saanich (District municipality) had a population of 11,089, representing a percentage change of 2.5% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 37.25 square kilometres with a population density of 297.7 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 922,509.29 square kilometres with a population density of 4.8 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, North Saanich (District municipality) had 4,503 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 5.3%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

North Saanich (District municipality) is part of the census metropolitan area of Victoria.

Population and dwelling counts

North Saanich (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 North Saanich (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Sidney, B.C. T 11,178 11,315 -1.2
Central Saanich, B.C. DM 15,936 15,745 1.2
Capital G, B.C. RDA 4,868 5,101 -4.6
Cole Bay 3, B.C. IRI 322 258 24.8
Union Bay 4, B.C. IRI 116 111 4.5

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

Table 2 British Columbia – 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
Langford CY 29,228 22,459 30.1
Lake Country DM 11,708 9,606 21.9
Port Moody CY 32,975 27,512 19.9
Kent DM 5,664 4,738 E 19.5
Surrey CY 468,251 394,976 18.6

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

Table 3 British Columbia – 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
Kitimat DM 8,335 8,987 -7.3
Peace River D RDA 5,479 5,749 -4.7
Esquimalt DM 16,209 16,840 -3.7
Hope DM 5,969 6,185 -3.5
Okanagan-Similkameen D RDA 5,717 5,913 -3.3

Age and sex

North Saanich, DM – Age distribution

Table 4 North Saanich, DM – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 11.4% 12.0% 10.8%
15 to 64 63.6% 61.6% 65.4%
65 and over 25.1% 26.3% 23.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in North Saanich, DM was 25.1%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 63.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 11.4%. 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.

North Saanich, DM – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 North Saanich, DM – 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 11,085 10,820 265 2.4
0 to 14 1,265 1,380 -115 -8.3
15 to 64 7,045 7,080 -35 -0.5
65 and over 2,780 2,360 420 17.8
Males
Total 5,445 5,345 100 1.9
0 to 14 655 695 -40 -5.8
15 to 64 3,355 3,435 -80 -2.3
65 and over 1,430 1,220 210 17.2
Females
Total 5,645 5,475 170 3.1
0 to 14 610 685 -75 -10.9
15 to 64 3,690 3,655 35 1.0
65 and over 1,345 1,145 200 17.5

North Saanich, DM – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 North Saanich, DM – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 11,085 5,445 5,645
0 to 4 years 325 180 150
5 to 9 years 390 200 195
10 to 14 years 550 280 270
15 to 19 years 640 335 305
20 to 24 years 520 280 240
25 to 29 years 310 150 160
30 to 34 years 320 160 165
35 to 39 years 390 185 210
40 to 44 years 540 240 300
45 to 49 years 750 345 400
50 to 54 years 1,065 470 600
55 to 59 years 1,185 545 640
60 to 64 years 1,315 650 670
65 to 69 years 990 515 470
70 to 74 years 665 355 310
75 to 79 years 515 285 230
80 to 84 years 330 160 170
85 years and over 280 125 160
Median age 53.7 53.8 53.6

North Saanich, DM – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in North Saanich, DM was 53.7 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and North Saanich, DM – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
North Saanich, DM 51.1 53.7

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in North Saanich was 3,755, which represents a change of 5.0% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In North Saanich, 81.8% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 9.5% were common-law-couples and 8.9% were lone-parent families.

North Saanich – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of North Saanich, DM 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
British Columbia  1,238,155 887,990 71.7 160,360 13.0 189,805 15.3 6.6
North Saanich, DM 3,755 3,070 81.8 355 9.5 335 8.9 5.0
Sidney, T 3,230 2,425 75.1 330 10.2 475 14.7 0.0
Central Saanich, DM 4,865 3,765 77.4 500 10.3 600 12.3 2.7
Capital G, RDA 1,540 1,110 72.1 285 18.5 135 8.8 -3.4
Cole Bay 3, IRI 85 20 23.5 30 35.3 40 47.1 0.0
Union Bay 4, IRI 35 5 14.3 20 57.1 10 28.6 0.0

North Saanich – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of North Saanich, 31.1% 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 * 975
Married couples without children * 2,095
Common-law-couples with children * 90
Common-law-couples without children * 265

North Saanich – Marital status

In North Saanich, 70.7% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (63.4%) or living with a common-law partner (7.3%).

The remaining 29.3% 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, British Columbia, North Saanich, DM – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status North Saanich, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 9,820 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 6,945 70.7 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 6,230 63.4 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 720 7.3 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 2,875 29.3 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,770 18.0 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 155 1.6 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 495 5.0 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 455 4.6 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

North Saanich – Types of private households

There were 4,500 private households3 in North Saanich in 2011, a change of 5.3% from 2006. Of these, 22.6% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -12.5% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, North Saanich, DM – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 North Saanich, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 4,500 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
1,015 22.6 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
2,240 49.8 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 290 6.4 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 765 17.0 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 105 2.3 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households9 90 2.0 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

North Saanich – Structural type of dwelling

In North Saanich, 81.6% 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, British Columbia, North Saanich, DM – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling North Saanich, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 4,505 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,675 81.6 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 90 2.0 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 170 3.8 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 65 1.4 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 495 11.0 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 5 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 5 0.1 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

North Saanich, DM – Mother tongue

Chart J: North Saanich, DM - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: North Saanich, DM - 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 North Saanich, 90.1% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.2% reported French only, and 7.9% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 70.3% for English only, 1.3% for French only and 26.5% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 97.3% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 1.6% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 80.5% for only English, 0.4% for only French and 15.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 North Saanich, DM – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 11,070 100.0 11,075 100.0
English 9,975 90.1 10,780 97.3
French 135 1.2 30 0.3
Non-official language 875 7.9 175 1.6
Multiple responses 90 0.8 95 0.9
Table 13 North Saanich, DM – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention12
(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 50.0 23.5 26.5
Non-official language 50.8 22.5 28.3

North Saanich, DM – Non-official languages

In North Saanich, the three most common mother tongues were German (2.1%), Dutch (1.2%) and Polish (0.4%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Panjabi (Punjabi) (4.5%), Cantonese (3.2%) and Chinese, n.o.s. (2.9%).

Table 14 North Saanich, DM – 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.
German 230 24.6 2.1
Dutch 130 13.9 1.2
Polish 40 4.3 0.4
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 40 4.3 0.4
Cantonese 35 3.7 0.3

North Saanich, DM – Bilingualism

Table 15 North Saanich, DM – 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 10.9 9.8 96.2 10.9
0 to 19 21.5 20.5 100.0 25.0
20 to 44 11.6 11.0 66.7 10.7
45 to 64 8.0 6.1 100.0 10.3
65 and over 7.6 6.5 100.0 11.4
Table 16 North Saanich, DM – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 11,075 100.0
English only 9,835 88.8
French only 0 0.0
English and French 1,220 11.0
Neither English nor French 15 0.1

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.


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.
 

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