New Census Data Reveals Interesting Facts About Mississauga’s Workforce


Published November 29, 2017 at 7:59 pm


Mississauga has changed dramatically over the years, steadily growing from a quaint bedroom community to a bustling big city with a population of well over 700,000 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 Mississauga 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 Mississauga goes, the numbers aren’t far off the Canadian average.

The data indicates that 348,915 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 (179,510 vs 169,405). Stans Can says 89,995 residents have no certificate, degree or diploma, while 155,850 have a secondary school diploma or equivalent.

In terms of apprenticeships, 26,900 have gone the trade or apprenticeship route. In this area, men outnumber women 18,015 to 8,885.

Data reveals that 133,360 residents have a bachelor’s degree, 105,460 have a college diploma or non-university certificate, 12,985 have a university certificate or diploma above the bachelor level, 6,140 have a degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry, 42,275 have a master’s degree and 4,595 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, 16,275 study education, 22,050 study the humanities, 43,620 study social and behavioural sciences and law, 88,915 study business, 18,590 study physical and life sciences and technologies and 21,815 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 207,315 residents study in Canada and 193,370 choose to stay in Ontario.

In terms of commuting, 240,820 residents drive to work, while 60,750 take public transportation. Data reveals that 21,400 are driven to work, 8,875 walk, 1,140 cycle and 3,135 use an alternate mode of transportation to get to their place of employment.

As far as commuting times go, 114,595 residents commute for 15-29 minutes a day, while 53,410 spend over an hour commuting. Stats Can says 51,135 enjoy commutes of less than 15 minutes, while 81,025 are in transit for 30-44 minutes and 35,955 for 45-50 minutes.

Most residents leave for work between 7:00 and 7:59 a.m. (88,530).

In terms of employment, data shows that 361,690 residents are employed versus 32,950 who are unemployed. The employment rate in the city is 60 per cent.

As for what industries residents tend to work in, data reveals that 44,005 are in management positions, 73,880 work in the business, finance and administration sectors, 37,580 work in natural and applied sciences, 20,840 work in health-related fields and 34,725 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, 395,955 speak English or French at work versus 7,355 who speak non-official languages. As for what other languages residents speak at work, 390 speak Arabic, 335 speak Vietnamese, 145 speak Tagalog, 745 speak Polish, 260 speak Ukrainian, 555 speak Punjabi, 330 speak Urdu, 325 speak Portuguese, 370 speak Spanish and 2,490 speak a Chinese language such as Mandarin or Cantonese.

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