Ridings to Watch: Edmonton Centre and Edmonton Mill Woods AB

Ridings to Watch: Edmonton Centre and Edmonton Mill Woods AB


WATCH ABOVE: Ed Watson on the race in Edmonton

One of several surprises in the 2015 election was the Liberals picking up two seats in Edmonton. The margins of victory in both ridings were close: 1,200 votes in Edmonton Centre and only 92 in Edmonton Mill Woods.

In the latter riding, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is up against former Conservative cabinet minister Tim Uppal. Nigel Logan is the New Democrat and Tanya Herbert is the Green. In Edmonton Centre, it’s another rematch where Liberal Randy Boissonnault is facing off again against Conservative James Cumming. Katherine Swampy is the New Democrat and Grad Murray is the Green.

 
EDMONTON CENTRE IN 2015:

Randy Boissonnault (Liberal) won with 37.2% support — and a 2.2% margin of victory (1,199 votes) over Conservative runner-up James Cumming.

Edmonton Centre was the 29th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 67%.

EDMONTON CENTRE IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016)

SIZE: 45.4 km2

POPULATION: 109,941 people in 2016: a change of 3.6% from 2011. The average age is 40.4, with 11.4% age 14 and under and 13.9% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 84.3% are Canadian citizens. 25.6% are immigrants. 6.9% indicated Aboriginal identity. 28.9% are visible minorities. 30.9% are 1st generation Canadians. 19% are 2nd generation. 50.1% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $448,822. Renters paid an average of $1152 per month, with 9.1% in subsidized housing. 28.6% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 27.8% are condos. 3.6% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $40,633. 14.9% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 19% of children and 12.3% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are English: 20900 / Canadian: 17970 / Scottish: 17605 / Irish: 16210 / German: 16040

IMMIGRATION: Philippines, Africa-Other, Asia-Other, United Kingdom, Ethiopia are the top birth origins for immigrants. Philippines is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino), Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, and Cantonese are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 69.15% English and 2.12% French.

EDUCATION: 13.5% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 32.5% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.


 
EDMONTON MILL WOODS IN 2015:

Amarjeet Sohi (Liberal) won with 41.2% support — and a 0.2% margin of victory (92 votes) over Conservative runner-up Tim Uppal.

Egmont was the 3rd closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 66.6%.

EDMONTON MILL WOODS IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 51.4 km2

POPULATION: 118,561 people in 2016: a change of 11.7% from 2011. The average age is 36.1, with 20.4% age 14 and under and 10.3% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 83.2% are Canadian citizens. 37.1% are immigrants. 4.3% indicated Aboriginal identity. 49% are visible minorities. 39.8% are 1st generation Canadians. 21.3% are 2nd generation. 38.9% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $374,261. Renters paid an average of $1332 per month, with 14.9% in subsidized housing. 59.0% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 24.8% are condos. 10.3% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $38,359. 9.9% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 16.7% of children and 6.7% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are East Indian: 26545 / Canadian: 19235 / English: 16555 / German: 15415 / Scottish: 13495

IMMIGRATION: India, Philippines, Pakistan, Africa-Other, Asia-Other are the top birth origins for immigrants. India is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Punjabi (Panjabi), Hindi, Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino), Spanish, and Urdu are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 55.55% English and 1.68% French.

EDUCATION: 17% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 21.9% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson