New Census Data Reveals Interesting Facts About Oakville’s Workforce

Oakville is changing, steadily growing from a quaint bedroom community to a bustling town with a population of more than 193,832 people—people who are seemingly more diverse, more educated and more prone to being stuck in traffic than ever before.

Recently released census data has shed light on interesting facts about education, work, transit and commuting in Oakville 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 Oakville goes, the numbers aren’t far off the Canadian average.The data indicates that 101,830 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 (53,160 vs 48,670). Stans Can says 18,075 residents have no certificate, degree or diploma, while 35,120 have a secondary school diploma or equivalent.

In terms of apprenticeships, 5,705 have gone the trade or apprenticeship route. In this area, men outnumber women 3,775 to 1,935.

Data reveals that 41,985 residents have a bachelor’s degree, 27,055 have a college diploma or non-university certificate, 4,160 have a university certificate or diploma above the bachelor level, 1,975 have a degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry, 14,885 have a master’s degree and 1,810 have earned a doctorate.

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

As for what people studied or are studying, 5,275 study education, 6,175 study the humanities, 15,565 study social and behavioural sciences and law, 28,200 study business, 5,010 study physical and life sciences and technologies, and 5,525 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, 63,340 Oakville residents drive to work, while 14,625 take public transportation. Data reveals that 4,780 are driven to work, 2,895 walk, 555 cycle and 925 use an alternate mode of transportation to get to their place of employment.

As far as commuting times go, 24,230 residents commute for 15-29 minutes a day, while 15,930 spend over an hour commuting. Stats Can says 17,800 enjoy commutes of less than 15 minutes, while 17,775 are in transit for 30-44 minutes and 11,370 for 45-50 minutes.

Most residents - 26,765 of them -leave for work between 7 a.m. and 7:59 a.m.

In terms of employment, data shows that 98,460 residents are employed versus 7,295 who are unemployed. The employment rate in the city is 63.5 per cent.

As for what industries residents tend to work in, data reveals that 22,415 are in sales and service roles, 18,385 are in management positions, 19,810 work in the business, finance and administration sectors, 9,910 work in natural and applied sciences, 5,970 work in health-related fields and 12,020 work in education, law and social, community and government services.

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

In terms of language, 109,375 speak English or French at work versus 1,090 who speak non-official languages.

As for what other languages residents speak at work, 20 speak Arabic, 10 speak Vietnamese, 55 speak Polish, 50 speak Russian, 35 speak Punjabi, 20 speak Urdu, 80 speak Portuguese, 75 speak Spanish, and 535 speak a Chinese language — 470 Mandarin and 40 Cantonese.

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