The Sault will grow by almost 10,000 people, primarily from people coming and settling down here to fill new jobs and replace retiring Baby Boomers.
Projected increase is from 73,400 residents in 2016 to 83,300 residents in 2036.
Net change from in-migration: increase of 18,000 people.
Net change from births: decrease of 8,000 people.
Population distribution in 2016, based on the Canada census:
Population distribution in 2036, based on projections:
Health and social services will continue as the top employer in the Sault. Manufacturing jobs will drop slightly but still be one of the top sectors.
Top sectors in 2016, based on the Canada census:
Top sectors in 2036, based on projections:
Projected increase is from 31,000 jobs in 2016 to 36,900 jobs in 2036, for a total change of approximately 6,000 jobs.
Change in job numbers by sector:
Note: Other sectors change by approximately 100 jobs or less.
There is enough vacant urban land to accommodate our projected population growth, which requires around 4,000 new homes. No expansion of the Urban Settlement Area is needed.
The Sault has more than enough land for new industrial development - that is, development that provides industrial-type jobs such as construction, wholesale trade, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and utilities.
There is a deficit of land specifically designated for commercial uses, but these can often be accommodated on other lands. This is true especially since most of the Sault's commercial land demand is for non-retail commercial uses, such as business and professional offices, hospitality uses, and arts & entertainment.
There is also a deficit of land specifically designated for institutional uses such as schools and health care facilities, but again, these can often be accommodated on other lands.
The full report from Dillon Consulting titled Population, Housing and Employment Projections – Commercial and Industrial Land Needs Analysis is available for download below.
Dillon Consulting Report - Population Projections and Land Needs Analysis (pdf)Download
Land Use Information Boards - March 2020 (pdf)Download
Proposed Land Use Schedule 'C' (pdf)Download
Vacant Land Inventory Map (pdf)Download
Commercial Vacant Floor Space Inventory Map (pdf)Download
January 2019 Council Presentation - Population Projections (pdf)Download
Shape the Sault Housing Community Profile - Jan 2020 (pdf)Download
Existing Land Use Schedule 'C' - since 2012 (pdf)Download
We shared our 20-year population and employment projections to City Council on January 28, 2019. Thanks to local media outlets for sharing this information.