How to Use this Data
Statistics Canada rounds its data to the nearest "5". For this reason, some of the numbers that appear in sections of this document may not appear to be equal to numbers used in other sections, or totals may not be precise.
The introduction of the change analysis from the 1996 data is available only for planning districts contained in the last Profile of London's Neighborhoods (see above). Due to possible minor variance in boundaries or rounding (see above), changes reported may not be exact.
Data for ethnic origin, mother tongue, home language, and visible minority population are presented in their entirety for all planning districts, even for those where data is "0". This is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of all variables for all planning districts.
Shading is used to denote where new variables were available in the 2001 Census but not in 1996. Likewise, shading is used when change analysis could not be conducted due to an unavailability of data in one of the Census periods.
About the Variables
Demographic variables are based on Statistics Canada, 2001 Census Data. The data is presented at the dissemination area level. Dissemination areas include a few city blocks, have relatively stable boundaries and have a population range of 400 to 700 people. Dissemination areas can vary widely in size, giving an indication of population density.
Services and Organizations
The locations of key resources and organizations are provided on neighbourhood and city wide maps.
A. Neighbourhood Maps
Neighbourhood maps show the locations of organizations which are formally established and, as such, may be classified as institutions:
- Schools - includes all public elementary schools, separate elementary schools, secondary schools, and post secondary facilities; excludes private elementary, secondary and training/trade schools
- Places of Worship - includes all religious organizations listed in the yellow pages of Bell Canada's 2004 Telephone Directory
- Libraries - includes all public libraries in London
- Malls -includes covered malls and excludes plazas and strip malls
- Community Resource Centres - includes all publicly funded community resource centres
- Seniors Facilities - includes organizations that have been designated in some way as senior centres
- Sports and Recreation Facilities - includes all public arenas, swimming pools and other facilities.
The list of resources included on these maps is provided by the City of London, Planning Department and is supplemented by information from the Department of Community Services. Unless otherwise stated, the "locational" data for was created at least three years ago largely from addresses contained in the Yellow Pages and may exclude recently developed facilities.
B. Service Maps
Service maps show the location of selected services for children, youth, seniors, basic needs, immigrants, and adult education and training. The maps are designed to demonstrate clusters of services by geography, and are not intended to act as a referral source. The services that are mapped are limited to those that: (a) receive public funding and; (b) provide direct services.
Data for these maps was provided by existing data sets available through various organizations including Information London, City of London's Child Care Division, Middlesex London Health Unit, Cross Cultural Learning Centre, Literacy Link, and Investing in Children.
Some notes about the services included in the maps:
- Children services - includes licensed child child care centres, early years centres and resource centres and does not include private sector children's programs, nursery schools or private preschool programs such as Montessori or Waldorf;
- Youth services - data is limited to services provided to vulnerable youth;
- Seniors services - data is limited to day programs targeted at seniors. Seniors housing and long term care are not included.
- Basic needs - data is limited to food banks, shelters, drop in centres/outreach programs and meal programs;
- Immigrants - data includes ethnic organizations and societies as well as community organizations that provide settlement-type services (language, housing, employment training, etc);
- Adult education and training - data is limited to those providing education programs targeted at adults and does not include private sector educational programs and academies.
While the maps are a comprehensive display of the existing data sources noted above, there may be additional resources and services that could be included. It is recommended that the data contained on these maps be cross-referenced with other data sources not listed.
Using the Maps
The demographic and resource maps can be used to describe a neighbourhood and to identify strengths, opportunities and possible gaps. For example, when looking at the map showing where children age 0 to 4 live, we can see that there is a large number in some of the pockets (dissemination areas) of Jackson, Argyle and Crumlin. The smaller the dissemination area, the more concentrated the population. When you compare the map of children's services with the population map, it becomes evident that there is a discrepancy between the population of children in these areas with the services provided. Although these pockets in Jackson and Crumlim (with 150 to 210 children each) there are no child care facilities and children's services. The maps help to identify this potential issue. The next step is to examine the importance of the issue.