Riding to Watch: Markham–Stouffville ON

Riding to Watch: Markham–Stouffville ON

WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Laura DiBattista visits Markham–Stouffville

This suburban riding is home to Jane Philpott, the former Trudeau cabinet minister who was booted out of caucus at the height of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and is now running as an independent.

The Liberals have recruited Helena Jaczek, a former provincial health minister. The NDP recruited yet another doctor, Hal Berman. Theodore Antony, a financial planning industry executive, is the Conservative candidate.

IN 2015:

Jane Philpott (Liberal) won with 49.2% support — and a 6.4% margin of victory (7,131 votes) over Conservative runner-up Paul Calandra.

Markham–Stouffville was the 91st closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 73.3%.


SIZE: 282.6 km2

POPULATION: 126,064 people in 2016: a change of 14.8% from 2011. The average age is 39.3, with 19.8% age 14 and under and 15.1% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 92.7% are Canadian citizens. 42.4% are immigrants. 0.5% indicated Aboriginal identity. 54.9% are visible minorities. 43.7% are 1st generation Canadians. 30.7% are 2nd generation. 25.5% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $816,122. Renters paid an average of $1421 per month, with 8.2% in subsidized housing. 70.5% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 8.6% are condos. 14.2% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $37,645. 9.1% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 10.7% of children and 8.4% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Chinese: 30590 / English: 18590 / Canadian: 16660 / Scottish: 13485 / Irish: 12580

IMMIGRATION: China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, India, Philippines are the top birth origins for immigrants. China is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Cantonese, Mandarin, Tamil, Italian, and Urdu are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues are 54.78% English / 0.87% French.

EDUCATION: 14.7% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 33.4% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson