Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census metropolitan area of Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, Ontario

Map of Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, CMA (shaded in green), Ontario

Map of Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, CMA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, CMA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
10
Nat. rank
24

In 2011, the population of Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury census metropolitan area (CMA) was 160,770, representing a percentage change of 1.6% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CMAs of 7.4%.

In Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, the land area is 3,410.62 square kilometres with a population density of 47.1 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the national land area of 8,965,121.42 square kilometres with a population density of 3.7 persons per square kilometre. The land area of all CMAs is 92,648.98 square kilometres with 249.58 persons per square kilometre.

In total, there were 67,767 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 4.1%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Census subdivisions in the Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury CMA

Table 1 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury CMA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury CV 160,274 157,857 1.5
Whitefish Lake 6 IRI 394 349 12.9
Wahnapitei 11 IRI 102 52 96.2

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census agglomerations (CAs) in Ontario

Table 2 Ontario – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Toronto CMA 5,583,064 5,113,149 9.2 1 1
Ottawa - Gatineau CMA 1,236,324 1,133,633 A 9.1 4 ···
Ottawa - Gatineau (partie du Qubec / Quebec part)   314,501 286,831 A 9.6 ··· 3
Ottawa - Gatineau (Ontario part / partie de l'Ontario)   921,823 846,802 8.9 ··· 2
Hamilton CMA 721,053 692,911 4.1 9 3
Kitchener - Cambridge - Waterloo CMA 477,160 451,235 5.7 10 4
London CMA 474,786 457,720 3.7 11 5
St. Catharines - Niagara CMA 392,184 390,317 0.5 12 6
Oshawa CMA 356,177 330,594 7.7 14 7
Windsor CMA 319,246 323,342 -1.3 16 8
Barrie CMA 187,013 177,061 5.6 21 9
Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury CMA 160,770 158,258 1.6 24 10
Kingston CMA 159,561 152,358 4.7 25 11
Guelph CMA 141,097 133,698 A 5.5 28 12
Brantford CMA 135,501 124,607 8.7 30 13
Thunder Bay CMA 121,596 122,907 -1.1 32 14
Peterborough CMA 118,975 116,570 2.1 33 15
Chatham-Kent CA 104,075 108,589 -4.2 35 16
Belleville CA 92,540 91,518 1.1 40 17
Sarnia CA 89,555 88,793 0.9 44 18
Sault Ste. Marie  CA 79,800 80,098 -0.4 47 19
Kawartha Lakes CA 73,214 74,561 -1.8 49 20
North Bay CA 64,043 63,424 1.0 53 21
Norfolk CA 63,175 62,563 1.0 54 22
Cornwall CA 58,957 58,485 0.8 55 23
Leamington CA 49,765 49,741 0.0 63 24
Timmins CA 43,165 42,997 0.4 69 25
Orillia CA 40,731 40,532 0.5 73 26
Brockville CA 39,024 39,668 -1.6 75 27
Woodstock CA 37,754 35,822 A 5.4 76 28
Midland CA 35,419 35,432 A 0.0 79 29
Owen Sound CA 32,092 32,259 -0.5 85 30
Stratford CA 30,886 30,516 A 1.2 86 31
Centre Wellington CA 26,693 26,049 2.5 95 32
Pembroke CA 24,017 23,195 3.5 102 33
Collingwood CA 19,241 17,290 11.3 106 34
Cobourg CA 18,519 18,210 1.7 109 35
Port Hope CA 16,214 16,390 -1.1 121 36
Petawawa CA 15,988 14,651 9.1 123 37
Kenora CA 15,348 15,177 1.1 125 38
Tillsonburg CA 15,301 14,822 3.2 126 39
Temiskaming Shores CA 13,566 13,654 A -0.6 129 40
Ingersoll CA 12,146 11,760 3.3 142 41
Hawkesbury CA 12,128 12,267 -1.1 143 ···
Hawkesbury (partie du Qubec / Quebec part)   1,577 1,398 12.8 ··· 31
Hawkesbury (Ontario part / partie de l'Ontario)   10,551 10,869 -2.9 ··· 43
Elliot Lake CA 11,348 11,549 -1.7 146 42

Age and sex

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Age distribution

Table 3 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 15.6% 16.4% 14.9%
15 to 64 68.3% 69.2% 67.5%
65 and over 16.1% 14.5% 17.6%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury was 16.1%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 68.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 15.6%. 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.

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Population by broad age groups and 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 160,770 158,260 2,510 1.6
0 to 14 25,095 26,680 -1,585 -5.9
15 to 64 109,845 108,075 1,770 1.6
65 and over 25,835 23,505 2,330 9.9
Males
Total 78,480 76,875 1,605 2.1
0 to 14 12,850 13,630 -780 -5.7
15 to 64 54,280 53,010 1,270 2.4
65 and over 11,350 10,230 1,120 10.9
Females
Total 82,290 81,385 905 1.1
0 to 14 12,240 13,050 -810 -6.2
15 to 64 55,560 55,055 505 0.9
65 and over 14,485 13,270 1,215 9.2

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 160,770 78,480 82,290
0 to 4 years 8,080 4,150 3,930
5 to 9 years 8,045 4,130 3,915
10 to 14 years 8,965 4,570 4,395
15 to 19 years 10,540 5,400 5,140
20 to 24 years 10,555 5,240 5,315
25 to 29 years 9,715 4,850 4,870
30 to 34 years 9,585 4,720 4,865
35 to 39 years 10,005 4,995 5,010
40 to 44 years 10,585 5,200 5,380
45 to 49 years 13,500 6,685 6,820
50 to 54 years 13,195 6,345 6,850
55 to 59 years 11,800 5,670 6,125
60 to 64 years 10,365 5,185 5,180
65 to 69 years 7,810 3,740 4,070
70 to 74 years 6,170 2,845 3,325
75 to 79 years 5,095 2,190 2,900
80 to 84 years 3,785 1,595 2,190
85 to 89 years 2,050 710 1,340
90 to 94 years 755 230 530
95 to 99 years 150 30 120
100 years and over 15 5 10
Median age 42.3 41.1 43.4

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury was 42.3 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 6 Canada, Ontario and Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury 41.0 42.3

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury was 47,015, which represents a change of 1.5% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, 67.1% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 16.1% were common-law-couples and 16.8% were lone-parent families.

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Ontario, Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – 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
Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury 47,015 31,540 67.1 7,575 16.1 7,895 16.8 1.5

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census metropolitan area of Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, 43.4% 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.

Among couples with children aged 24 and under at home in the census metropolitan area of Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, 82.3% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 17.7% were stepfamilies, in which there was at least one child was the biological or adopted child of only one married spouse or common-law partner. For Canada as a whole in 2011, 12.6% of couples with children aged 24 and under were stepfamilies.

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Marital status

In Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, 58.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (47.2%) or living with a common-law partner (11.2%).

The remaining 41.6% 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 8 Canada, Ontario, Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 135,675 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 79,250 58.4 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 64,075 47.2 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 15,175 11.2 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 56,430 41.6 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 34,885 25.7 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 4,660 3.4 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 7,550 5.6 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 9,330 6.9 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Types of private households

There were 67,765 private households3 in Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury in 2011, a change of 4.1% from 2006. Of these, 24.6% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -5.0% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Ontario, Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 67,765 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
16,665 24.6 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
21,380 31.6 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 7,375 10.9 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 19,195 28.3 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 785 1.2 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households9 2,360 3.5 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Structural type of dwelling

In Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, 62.3% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 6.6% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 67,770 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 42,215 62.3 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 3,180 4.7 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 2,865 4.2 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 4,460 6.6 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 10,445 15.4 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 3,825 5.6 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 195 0.3 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 575 0.8 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Mother tongue

Chart J: Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury - 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 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, 64.5% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 26.9% reported French only, and 6.5% reported only a non-official language, 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, 80.9% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 14.8% spoke only French and 2.0% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 79.0% for English only, 2.2% for French only and 14.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 159,200 100.0 159,195 100.0
English 102,760 64.5 128,790 80.9
French 42,815 26.9 23,495 14.8
Non-official language 10,340 6.5 3,235 2.0
Multiple responses 3,280 2.1 3,675 2.3
Table 12 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – 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 99.7 99.2 0.5
French 78.8 55.1 23.7
Non-official language 63.9 37.2 26.7

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Non-official languages

In Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, the three most common mother tongues were Italian (1.8%), Finnish (1.0%) and German (0.5%), 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 13 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – 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 2,925 26.3 1.8
Finnish 1,520 13.7 1.0
German 810 7.3 0.5
Ukrainian 615 5.5 0.4
Polish 565 5.1 0.4
Arabic 435 3.9 0.3
Spanish 325 2.9 0.2
Croatian 305 2.7 0.2
Chinese, n.o.s. 270 2.4 0.2
Ojibway 265 2.4 0.2

Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Bilingualism

Table 14 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – 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 38.1 17.9 93.6 9.5
0 to 19 39.3 25.7 87.3 18.4
20 to 44 39.4 20.7 97.3 14.6
45 to 64 37.5 11.2 95.7 10.8
65 and over 35.2 9.0 90.0 4.3
Table 15 Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 159,200 100.0
English only 95,390 59.9
French only 1,665 1.0
English and French 61,795 38.8
Neither English nor French 350 0.2

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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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