Research & Data

At the heart of PNSGs strategy are statistics and data trends around the successful inclusion of newcomers in the Peel community. Local data is particularly pertinent to understanding the uniqueness of the region; identifying gaps in the information and research available and a more comprehensive understanding of the newcomer experience and supports needed. As service provides speculate about newcomers and their specific needs, the urgency for a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of this population and for evidence-based research to inform decisions impacting services is paramount to success.

Research is conducted on matters relating to newcomers health, education, immigration and employment to encourage a holistic understanding of the settlement process along with potential barriers to success. Working with internal partners such as the United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel’s Peel Data Centre, and external partners such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and other Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPS) is an important part of PNSG’s role as a collaborator/ive. Collating and sharing critical data findings facilitate and inform the utilization of community assets towards the common goal of successful newcomer inclusion.

Peel Statistics  

The research conducted provides and understanding of the local environment and the opportunities and challenges within. This local data is used to evaluate existing services, identify local community demographics, analyze trends, and recognize community needs.

The following collection of data helps develop an understanding of the newcomer population in Peel. 


Peel’s population is 1.3 million (1,296,814)
Mississauga makes up 55% of Peel’s population
Peel grew by 137,359 people between 2006 and 2011
According to the 2006 Census, the proportion of foreign-born population is at the highest level it has been in 75 years (Robert & Gilkinson, 2012)
Recent Immigration Population in Peel:


At 56.8%, Peel has the highest proportion of visible minorities in the GTA
66.4% of Brampton’s population is made up of visible minorities

South Asian is the number one reported visible minority in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon
One percent of Peel’s residents (12,580) are of Aboriginal ancestry
Of the 310,410 immigrants from India in Ontario, 151,825 (48.9%) live in Peel
Top 10 Visible Minorities in Area Municipalities:


In 2011 there were 650,530 immigrants in Peel and 2,620,455 immigrants in the GTA.
Peel had 100,910 recent immigrants and was home to 24.8% of the GTA’s total immigrant population.

10% (118,000) of Peel residents are recent immigrants and 38% (443,000) are long-term immigrants.  (Region of Peel, Public Health, 2012)
Mississauga has 57.6% of the Region’s total immigrant population
At 50.5%, Peel has the highest proportion of immigrants in the GTA
52.5% of Brampton’s recent immigrants were born in India
39.6% of Peel’s immigrant population were between the ages of 25-44 at the time of immigration
Peel has the second highest percentage (15.5%) of recent immigrants in the GTA
Peel continues to welcome over 34,000 new residents every year
Immigrants by period of immigration in Peel:

Religious affiliation:

87.0% of Peel’s population identified a religious affiliation, the highest percentage in the GTA
Peel’s Sikh population is the highest in the GTA (122,960)

Religious affiliation in Area Municipalities:


The top home languages in Peel are Punjabi in Brampton, Urdu in Mississauga, and Italian in Caledon
The proportion of Brampton’s population who speak Punjabi at home is 14.9%
Of the 124,100 people who speak only Punjabi at home in Ontario, 86,185 (69%) live in Peel
Top home languages for people that do not speak English or French 2011:

Education and Training:

39.8% of residents in Mississauga with a post-secondary diploma or degree earned their education outside of Canada
Within the GTA, Peel has the highest proportion (21.1%) of total population who earned a post-secondary education outside of Canada
Recent immigrants in Peel are highly educated but their unemployment rate is higher than that of long-term immigrants and non immigrants (Region of Peel, Public Health, 2012)


The Peel District School Board’s (PDSB) We Welcome the World Centres have seen an increase of 1,842 children aged 3-19 years registering between 2011-2013 – resulting in a 50% percent increase between 2011-2013.
Of the 9,359 children that registered with the PDSB We Welcome the World Centres between 2011-2013, 1,215 were still undecided in terms of their future career, 811 selected being a doctor, 727 engineering, and 593 in health and other sciences. 
Of the children registering between 2011-2013 to the PDSB We Welcome the World Centres, 21.6% of them indicated that English was spoken in their class from very little to only in text books from the country they immigrated from.
4% of residents have no knowledge of English or French; 9% of recent immigrants in Peel does not speak English or French; this is higher among immigrant seniors of whom 22% do not speak either official language(health)
Children who are learning English or French at school entry are less likely than those who are bilingual or speak English or French fluently to be developmentally ready to enter school. (Region of Peel, Public Health, 2013)


Please note: Census data contained in the bulletin were collected by the voluntary 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) which replaced the mandatory long form Census. This change in methodology may affect the comparability of this data to data from previous long-form Censuses.  


Partnership Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT)

The Peel Parenting Partnership Assessment Tool (PSAT) is a modified version of the Partnership Self-Assessment Tool from the Centre for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health at New York Academy of Medicine.  Complimenting the Centre’s widely used assessment tool, PNSG has modified the tool by including 29 questions from the Region of Peels’ Capacity Assessment and others that were of interest to the collaborative.

Partnerships are very valuable because the collaborative process brings different kinds of people and organizations together, making it possible for them to accomplish much more than they can on their own. Running a successful collaborative process is more easily said than done, however, particularly when a partnership involves participants from very different backgrounds, like professionals, service providers, and community residents directly affected by problems. Because of the tremendous difficulties involved, many partnerships are struggling to make the most of their collaborative potential.

Moreover, other than assessing whether or not they achieve their ultimate goals, most partnerships lack

a reliable way to determine how well their collaborative process is working or what they can do to make it work better. A well designed and community-relevant assessment tool is meant to help us understand how collaboration works and what it means to create a successful collaborative process, assess how well the collaborative process is working and to identify specific areas they can focus on how to improve the workings of the collaborative.

The PNSG Partnership Assessment Tool specifically measures the partnership’s level of synergy. The “partnership synergy” is not just an exchange of resources rather the participants create something new and valuable together, i.e. a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  When a collaborative achieves a high level of synergy, the partnership is able to think in a new and better way about how it can achieve its goals, carry out more comprehensive interventions and strengthen its relationship with the broader community.  The tool also identifies the partnership’s strengths and weaknesses in areas that are known to be related to synergy — leadership, efficiency, administration and management, and sufficiency of resources.  Lastly, the tool measures partners’ perspectives about the partnership’s decision making process, the benefits and drawbacks they experience as a result of participating in the partnership, and their overall satisfaction with the partnership.

Used at an early stage, before the partnership expects to achieve its ultimate goal, the tool enables a partnership to determine how well its collaborative process is working and to identify corrective actions that can help it realize the full potential of collaboration.

Used at pre-determined intervals, the tool allows a partnership to track changes over time and see the impact of its efforts to improve the collaborative process. The tool enables a partnership to get ongoing, systematic, and honest feedback from its partners. By giving participants a way to express themselves anonymously about issues they care about, the tool can help a partnership become more responsive to its partners. The tool provides people in a partnership with a framework for talking about the collaborative process. This kind of dialogue can broaden partner involvement in, and strengthen the effectiveness of, partnership leadership and management.

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