2021 Regional Overview

Regional Overview

Halton is located within the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario – one of the fastest growing regions in North America. As an upper-tier municipality within this region, Halton is projected to continue increasing in population, largely due to migration from within Canada as well as new immigrants entering Canada. This will continue to support a vibrant and growing student population at the HCDSB. The Board will need to ensure that Catholic student accommodation is adequately provided for existing students and families as well as future students.

Halton’s overall population has increased over the last decade, from 439,206 in 2006 to 548,435 in 2016, an increase of 25%. However, not all municipalities grew at the same pace over this ten-year period – Milton grew by 104%, compared to 17% in Oakville, which had the second highest population growth in Halton. Due to this, the share of each municipality’s population as a percentage of the Region’s population has also changed. Oakville, Burlington and Halton Hills have seen declines in their share by 2% to 4%, while Milton’s share has increased by 8%.

Regional Projections

The total enrolment of the Board for the elementary and secondary school panels are projected to continue growing overall. Overtime, the Board will be required to increase its overall capacity in the growing areas with the introduction of new schools, and construction of permanent classroom additions. Alternatively, the Board will also be required to reduce its overall capacity in areas of decline to ensure schools remain viable overtime.

The projection period for the Long-Term Capital Plan (LTCP) is over 15 years, between the 2020-2035 school years. During this time, the Board anticipates the following:

  • Within a 15-year period, the Board’s elementary panel enrolment is projected to increase from 23,289 students to 32,571 students, and increase of approximately 40%.
  • Within a 15-year period, the Board’s secondary panel enrolment is projected to increase from 13,190 students to 17,137 students, and increase of approximately 30%.

Municipal Overviews

The Board has within its jurisdiction a total of four (4) municipalities, which includes the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. All four (4) of these municipalities are very distinct in their demographic, population growth, and enrolment characteristics.

Review Areas

When the Board reviews its enrolment projections and future projects within its municipalities, the Board will use geographic boundaries that are referred to as Elementary Review Areas (ERA) and Secondary Review Areas (SRA). There are a total of 22 ERA and 9 SRA within the jurisdiction of the Board. Discover what review area you belong to by using our interactive Projects Near Me interactive map.

These areas are typically groupings of neighbourhoods that share common characteristics, and often include a grouping of schools that currently, or are planned to, service the area.

Detailed information by ERA and SRA are provided by municipality below:

Erica Emery2021 Regional Overview