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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.

How this is Measured

This measure is provided by Statistics Canada during the Census. The 2016 data 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.

2020 Performance: 1.41

City of Barrie Growth Statistics

Jobs/Housing Ratio by Dec 31, 2020 1.41
* Population, Housing, and jobs statistics are calculated periodically by Development Services based on Building Permit System (Occupancies).
Detailed Information on the Above Statistics
Housing Growth

Dwelling Units added in the City

Single FamilySemi-DetachedTwo Res/ DuplexROW DwellingApartmentsRetirement Homes
Source: Building Permit Occupancies Growth Management PPU's Indicators
Employment Growth

Jobs added in the City

(GFA in sq m) ​
Retirement Home23,447.590590
- Assisted Living 70
- Independent Living196
Commercial - Retail4,883.691,405.009828
Commercial - Office2,941.9517,878.0098596
No fixed place of work12258
Work at home5526
Source: Development Services department. ​Jobs were calculated based on the following assumptions:

  • For Industrial, Commercial and Office uses the total building area during the correspondent period was extracted from the Building Permits Systems (Only permits with Occupancy issued were considered).
  • Jobs were calculated using the following indicators:
    Commercial - Office: 1 job/30m built
    Commercial - Retail: 1 job/50m built
    Industrial: 1 job/125m built
    NFPOW: 7.1% of population
    WAH: 3.2 % of Population
    Institutional - Retirement/ Nursing Homes
    • Assisted Living Units assumption of one senior for unit
    • Professional nursing requirement per resident at Retirement Home 4.5 hr daily (This only applies for Assisted Living Units)
    • Professional Staff daily work hrs 8 hr/day
    • General Services jobs per Retirement home depending on the size. For this calculation we will assume an average of 10 general services jobs per retirement home

2020 Activities

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

Previous Years' Activities


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

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.

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