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Jobs/Housing ratio

Jobs/housing ratio is one of 3 key performance indicators relating to the Growing Our Economy priority, one of five priorities outlined in City Council's 2018–2022 Strategic Plan.

Why this Measure Matters

This measure of the ratio of jobs to housing demonstrated the availability of local employment as an indicator of the strength of the local economy. This measure is also a World Council on City Data performance indicators. We want to ensure that we are creating jobs as well as homes. It’s important for people to have places to live, work and shop. Growth of jobs and people is an important part of the Provincial framework of the Growth Plan for the City to accommodate more people and more jobs.

2019 Performance

In 2019, for every 1 housing unit created we had 1.41 jobs created.

How this is Measured

This measure is provided by Statistics Canada during the Census. The 2016 data will form the baseline, and the information will be updated during the 2021 Census. Looking at the number of housing units built in a particular year and the number of ICI floor space created. Then using a ratio for the number of people per unit and the number of jobs created based on the type of floor area created, the ratio is established.

2019 Activities

Promoting development which inherently maximizes the potential for the creation of a complete community and sustainable development through the efficient use of land and infrastructure including such features as the Natural Heritage System; the land use arrangement including mixed use nodes and corridors, provision of live-work opportunities and a mix of housing and employment opportunities.

2020 Planned Activities

The new Official Plan and Zoning By-law update will continue to promote working and living in our community. In addition, as part of this update, there will be some revisions to the classifications of the employment lands and employment land use trends.

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