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2016 Census

Population and Dwelling Counts

On February 8, 2017, Statistics Canada released the population and dwelling counts data from the 2016 Census. Note that the February 8 2017 population figure does not include the population undercoverage, being those persons not enumerated on Census Day for a variety of reasons. Statistics Canada will eventually estimate the population undercoverage and increase this population figure through their Post-Censal Estimates, likely in 2018 (for more information regarding the undercount, please visit the Statistics Canada website. For example in 2011 Census, the initial population count for the City of Ottawa was 883,391. The final 2011 Post-Censal Estimate for the City of Ottawa was revised to 912,248, representing a 3.27% undercoverage.

The City of Ottawa preliminary population grew by 5.8 percent to 934,243 in 2016 (883,391 in 2011). If the 2011 population undercoverage is applied to the 2016 Census, the city population would be 964,793.

The Ottawa-Gatineau Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) grew by 5.5 percent to 1,323,783 in 2016. Both the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa-Gatineau CMA grew at a faster rate than both Ontario (4.6%) and Canada (5%) from 2011 to 2016.  The table below outlines the population and dwelling counts along with population density information for the City of Ottawa, the CMA, and the Ontario and Quebec portions of the CMA. The municipal boundary for the City of Ottawa is geographically known as the “Ottawa Census Division” or “Ottawa Census Subdivision” by Statistics Canada.

2016 Census Counts -- Ottawa-Gatineau CMA and City of Ottawa

 

Population
2016*

Population
2011
Per cent % change Dwellings
Total
Dwellings
Occupied
Area
Square Kilometres
2016 Population Density per Square Kilometres*
CMA 1,323,783 1,254,919 5.5% 571,146 535,499 6,767.4 1.95.6
Ontario Portion of CMA 991,726 936,908 5.9 % 418,188 395,397 3,639.3 272.5
Quebec Portion of CMA 332,057 318,011 4.4% 152,958 140,102 3,128.1 106.2
CMA 1,323,783 1,254,919 5.5% 571,146 535,499 6,767.4 1.95.6
City of Ottawa 934,243 883,391 5.8% 395,985 373,756 2,790.3 334.8

*does not include an estimate for the undercount.  In 2011 the undercount for the City of Ottawa was 3.27%.

Below are the City-derived 2016 mid-year estimates. The 2001 Final Post-Censal Population Estimate is used as the base and net new residential units from issued building permits since 2001 are added to this base. Each unit type is assigned a population per unit average and adjustments are made for a rental vacancy. Inaccurate dwelling counts from the 2006 Census that partially carried forward to the 2011 Census prevented the use of more recent Census as the base for the City-derived estimates.

The mid-year 2016 reporting period for the City estimates is comparable to the census release. However, at this time the City-derived population is higher than the 2016 census population, which does not include an estimate for the undercount (for more information regarding the undercount, please visit the Statistics Canada website.

City of Ottawa, Sub-Area Household and Population Estimates, Mid-2016

Sub-Area Population Households
1. Central Area 12,590 7,874
2. Inner Area 89,574 48,096
3. Ottawa East 51,078 25,732
4. Beacon Hill 30,181 14,004
5. Alta Vista 74,673 32,432
6. Hunt Club 65,487 26,460
7. Merivale 77,641 33,961
8. Ottawa West 44,719 21,246
9. Bayshore 38,441 17,714
10. Cedarview 46,068 18,713
11. Kanata-Stittsville 118,161 43,891
12. South Nepean 83,997 31,064
13. Riverside South 14,382 5,205
14. Leitrim 8,620 2,838
15. Orléans 113,924 43,773
16. Rural Northeast 11,949 4,304
17. Rural Southeast 28,389 9,923
18. Rural Southwest 28,414 10,073
19. Rural Northwest 25,568 9,078
     City of Ottawa 963,857 406,379

City of Ottawa, Ward Occupied Household and Population Estimates, Mid 2016

Ward Population Households
1. Orléans 48,789 18,892
2. Innes 41,211 15,436
3. Barrhaven 58,269 21,259
4. Kanata North 36,996 14,490
5. West Carleton-March 25,600 9,071
6. Stittsville 32,494 11,195
7. Bay 45,476 21,099
8. College 52,430 22,147
9. Knoxdale-Merivale 39,515 15,948
10. Gloucester-Southgate 47,233 18,949
11. Beacon Hill-Cyrville 33,416 13,937
12. Rideau-Vanier 48,536 27,549
13. Rideau-Rockcliffe 38,154 18,670
14. Somerset 41, 569 25,458
15. Kitchissippi 43,258 20,497
16. River 48,512 21,141
17. Capital 37,440 17,290
18. Alta Vista 44,713 19,975
19. Cumberland 46,813 17,556
20. Osgoode 27,770 9,736
21. Rideau-Goulbourn 27,681 9,807
22. Gloucester-South Nepean 49,280 18,039
23. Kanata South 48,700 18,238
City of Ottawa 963,857 406,379

This section will be updated as further releases become available. For the release schedule, please visit the Statistics Canada website.