Quantitative Analysis of Socio-Economic Status and Cultural Diversity in Peel (Ontario, Canada)
Information on cultural diversity within a population is important for the planning and delivery of services to that population. The Region of Peel is undergoing a real-world social experiment. This experiment involves discovering how a tremendously diverse population, made up of people from all over the world, of different races and cultures, can live and prosper together in harmony. This paper assesses the level of socio-economic status and cultural diversity in different neighbourhoods of Peel, using official data from the 2001 Census of Canada (Statistics Canada). It also explores the relationship between cultural diversity and socio-economic status in Peel neighbourhoods. Using the taxonomic method, the socio-economic status and cultural diversity among the neighbourhoods are examined. The research methodology involves a novel statistical application. The method facilitates the ranking, classification and comparison of the neighbourhoods by levels of socio-economic status. This study is useful in identifying indicators of spatial imbalances in socio-economic status with a view to setting up targets in allocating scarce resources. It is hoped that this study will provide new direction for socio-economic status and cultural diversity in Peel.
Keywords: Peel, Socio-economic Status, Cultural Diversity, Taxonomic method
Dr. Srimanta Mohanty
Research Director, The Social Planning Council of Peel, Ontario