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Barrie has numerous advantages as a location for your business. Explore our city by the numbers. 

Barrie metro area has a population of 202,700 residents. In the last forty years, the area has grown by over 560%, making it a magnet for those looking for lower housing costs, year-round recreational activities, an excellent place to raise a family, and a nurturing environment to locate a business. 

Explore our community profile for information on demographics, labour force, and employer data. If you are looking to locate your business in Barrie, KPMG business costs outlines how Barrie compares to other cities worldwide.

Population, Barrie City  
2015 145,189 *
2006 128,430
Change in population 5.7% (2006-2011)
Median age of population 37.2
% of population aged 15+ 80.7%
Population density per sq/km 1753.6
Land area 100.52 sq/km
Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 & 2011, * 2015 BMA Municipal Study
  
Households
 
Ave persons per household 2.7
Married/Common law couples 30,380
With no children at home 12,795
With children at home 17,580
Lone-parent families 7410
Ave children per family at home 1.2
Avg. household income ** $89,263
Dominant building type Single Detached
Dominant period of construction 2001–2006
Sources: Statistics Canada 2011; **BMA Municipal Study 2015

 
Employment Characteristics, Barrie CMA

Month/Year Population 15+ (in thousands) Participation Rate Unemployment Rate 
 July 2016 169.9  65.3%  7.9% 
 January 2016  168.5 67.8%  6.4% 
 July 2015  167  70.8 %  7.2%
 January 2015 165.7  73.4%   5.5%
 July 2014 167.5 70.9%  6.3%
January 2014  166.3  70.2%   6.2%
July 2013 165.1  74%  8.6%
January 2013 164 73.2%  7.3%
July 2012 163.2 70.9%  8.0%
Source: Monthly Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada  

 
Labour Force

Education Attainment
15 years & Over
# of People Percentage
High school certificate or equivalent 32,115 30%
Apprenticeship or trade certificates 8,880 8%
College, or other non-university certificates 26,830 25%
University diploma below bachelor level 3,415 3%
University certificate, or diploma, or degree 15,800 15%
Source: Statistics Canada, 2011
  
Distribution of Employment, Non-Retail
  
Barrie
Healthcare and social assistance 14.8%
Accommodation and Food Services 8.6% 
Educational Services 7.8%
Construction 7.8%
Manufacturing 6.4%
Professional, scientific, technical 5.9%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services 4.8% 
Wholesale trade 4.8% 
Transportation and warehousing 4.6%
Other services except public admin 4.3% 
Public administration 3.6% 
Finance and insurance 3.4%
Source: EMSI Analyst, Q3 2015

  
Largest Employers

Private Sector # Of Employees
Georgian International Ltd. 675
Sinton Transportation 589
 Transcom 490
Scotiabank 400
 The Source Headquarters 400
Russell Security Services Inc. 360 
 GEEP Group of Companies  355
Matsu Manufacturing Inc. 350
Source: Huronia Business Times, 2016
  
Public Sector
  
# Of Employees
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board 3,400
Georgian College 2,500
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre 2,465
City of Barrie 1,265
YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka 1,024
Source: Huronia Business Times 2016  





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