Riding to Watch: Peterborough–Kawartha ON

Riding to Watch: Peterborough–Kawartha ON

WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Charelle Evelyn reports on the central Ontario bellwether riding of Peterborough–Kawartha

Voters here have voted for the member from the governing party in every election since 1984.

Liberal candidate Maryam Monsef, the minister of international development, is facing off against Conservative Michael Skinner, who finished second to Monsef in 2015. The New Democrat is Candace Shaw and Andrew MacGregor is the Green candidate.

IN 2015:

Maryam Monsef (Liberal) won with 43.8% support — and a 8.8% margin of victory (2,269 votes) over Conservative runner-up Michael Skinner.

Peterborough–Kawartha was the 117th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 67.6%.


SIZE: 3,025.2 km2

POPULATION: 118,176 people in 2016: a change of 2.5% from 2011. The average age is 44.6, with 14.2% age 14 and under and 23.2% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 97.8% are Canadian citizens. 8.8% are immigrants. 4.5% indicated Aboriginal identity. 4.7% are visible minorities. 9.8% are 1st generation Canadians. 14.3% are 2nd generation. 75.9% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $334,092. Renters paid an average of $958 per month, with 17% in subsidized housing. 69.4% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 4.3% are condos. 4.0% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $31,189. 16.2% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 20.7% of children and 11.1% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are English: 45440 / Canadian: 40725 / Irish: 36920 / Scottish: 30680 / French: 13910

IMMIGRATION: United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Europe-Other, Netherlands are the top birth origins for immigrants. Syria is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: German, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, and Italian are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 92.6% English and 1.06% French.

EDUCATION: 17.1% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 18.8% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson