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Fast Facts

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

Barrie metro area has a population of 197,059 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.

Population, Barrie City: 2016 
Year: 2016141,434
Year: 2011136,063
Change in population3.9% (2011-2016)
Average age of population38.9
% of population aged 15+81.9%
Population density per sq/km1,428
Land area99.04 sq/km
Source: Statistics Canada
  
Households, 2016
 
Average persons per household2.7
Married or Living Common law63,670
Couples without Children13,555
Couples with Children17,725
Lone-parent families8,215
Average household income *$97,290
Dominant building typeSingle Detached

Sources: Statistics Canada 2016; *BMA Municipal Study 2018

 
Employment Characteristics, Barrie CMA

Month/YearPopulation 15+ (in thousands)Participation RateUnemployment Rate 

​June 2018
​175.9
​67.9%
​6.9%
​January 2018
174.4​
​78.7%
​4.8%
 June 2017172.6 70.6% 5.7% 
 January 2017171.4 65.5% 7.5% 
 July 2016169.9 65.3% 7.9% 
 January 2016 168.567.8% 6.4% 
 July 2015 167 70.8 % 7.2%
 January 2015165.7 73.4%  5.5%
Source: Monthly Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada
 

  
Distribution of Employment, Non-Retail
  
Barrie
Healthcare and social assistance14.9%
Accommodation and Food Services8.9% 
Educational Services7.5%
Construction8.0%
Manufacturing6.1%
Professional, scientific, technical5.6%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services4.6% 
Wholesale trade5.7% 
Transportation and warehousing4.5%
Other services except public admin3.9% 
Public administration3.4% 
Finance and insurance3.4%
Source: EMSI Analyst, Q1 2017

  
Largest Employers

Private Sector
Wolf Steel / Napoleon Appliances
Georgian International Ltd.
Sinton Transportation
Scotiabank
The Source Headquarters
Russell Security Services Inc.
GEEP Group of Companies
Matsu Manufacturing Inc.
Source: Huronia Business Times, 2016
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Public Sector
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Georgian College
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
City of Barrie
YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka
Source: Huronia Business Times 2016





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