Ridings to Watch: Oakville North–Burlington and Mississauga–Streetsville ON

Ridings to Watch: Oakville North–Burlington and Mississauga–Streetsville ON


WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Laura DiBattista reports on two 905 ridings outside of Toronto that could help determine how Canada’s government looks after October 21

In Oakville North-Burlington, Liberal incumbent Pam Damoff won in 2015 by just over 2,000 votes. Her main challenger is the Conservative Sean Weir, a partner and vice-chair at one of this country’s biggest law firms (Borden Ladner Gervais).

In Mississauga–Streetsville, the incumbent Liberal is Gagan Sikand, who defeated the Conservatives by just over 4,000 votes in 2015. This time the Conservatives have nominated Ghada Melek, a senior manager at Deloitte. Samir Girguism, a family therapist, is the New Democrat. Chris Hill, a fleet manager for the City of Hamilton, is the Green party candidate.

 
OAKVILLE NORTH–BURLINGTON IN 2015:

Pam Damoff (Liberal) won with 46.7% support — and a 3.4% margin of victory (1,878 votes) over Conservative runner-up Effie Triantafilopoulos.

Oakville North–Burlington was the 49th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 71.3.

OAKVILLE NORTH–BURLINGTON IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016)

SIZE: 87.2 km2

POPULATION: 129,078 people in 2016: a change of 12.9% from 2011. The average age is 36.6, with 22.3% age 14 and under and 10.3% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 91.3% are Canadian citizens. 34.6% are immigrants. 0.7% indicated Aboriginal identity. 33.1% are visible minorities. 36.3% are 1st generation Canadians. 28.7% are 2nd generation. 35% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $715,758. Renters paid an average of $1771 per month, with 7.5% in subsidized housing. 56.3% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 19.7% are condos. 11.9% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $46,597. 7.7% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 9.9% of children and 6.3% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are English: 26405 / Canadian: 22195 / Scottish: 19330 / Irish: 18895 / Italian: 12260

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

LANGUAGE: Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, Punjabi (Panjabi), and Urdu are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 63.93% English and 1.62% French.

EDUCATION: 11.1% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 42.4% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.


 
MISSISSAUGA–STREETSVILLE IN 2015:

Gagan Sikand (Liberal) won with 47.8% support — and a 7.4% margin of victory (3,844 votes) over Conservative runner-up Brad Butt.

Mississauga–Streetsville was the 104th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 68.7%.

MISSISSAUGA–STREETSVILLE IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 46.4 km2

POPULATION: 118,301 people in 2016: a change of -0.4% from 2011. The average age is 38.6, with 17.6% age 14 and under and 11.5% 65 and older.

90.8% are Canadian citizens. 46.9% are immigrants. 0.7% indicated Aboriginal identity. 52.2% are visible minorities. 48.2% are 1st generation Canadians. 29.1% are 2nd generation. 22.6% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $642,400. Renters paid an average of $1396 per month, with 9.6% in subsidized housing. 51.0% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 16.3% are condos. 1.2% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $36,618. 8.7% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 12.1% of children and 8.5% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are East Indian: 18155 / Canadian: 15235 / English: 14875 / Scottish: 11025 / Irish: 10940

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

LANGUAGE: Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Punjabi (Panjabi), and Spanish are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 54.55% English and 1.31% French.

EDUCATION: 13.2% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 34.1% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson