The Jewish Community of London (Canada), 2011

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA, UJA London Federation (Canada)

Principal Investigator(s): Charles Shahar

Study Dates: 2011 Canadian National Household Survey

Population Estimates:

The Jewish population of London was 2,675 in 2011.

Jews comprised 0.6% of the total London population.

Key Findings:

The June 2014 report on the Jewish Community of London (Canada) is based on the 2011 Canadian National Household Survey.  The report focuses on basic demographics of Jewish London

Basic Demographics

The Jewish population of London was 2,675 in 2011. Jews comprised 0.6% of the total
London population.

• Between 2001 and 2011 the local Jewish community increased by 360 people, or 15.6%.
This increase reversed a trend evident between 1991 and 2001, when the community
decreased by 400 persons or 14.7%. The current total is slightly below the 1991 peak
population figure of 2,715 Jews.

• London is the tenth largest Jewish community in Canada.

• Age distribution of the London Jewish community:  the 0-14 year cohort has
decreased slightly in the last decade. There were 380 in this age group in 2011, compared to 405 in 2001.

• The 15-24 cohort has increased significantly since 2001. There were 495 individuals in this cohort in 2011, compared to 380 in 2001.

On the other hand, the 25-44 age group has remained at about the same level since 2001.

• The 45-64 age group has increased in the last decade. There were 790 individuals in this
cohort in 2011, compared to 705 in 2001.

• The number of Jewish seniors has increased significantly in the last decade, from 220 to 390 between 2001 and 2011. The elderly now comprise 14.6% of the local Jewish community.

• The median age of the London Jewish community (39.3 years) is somewhat younger than that of the Canadian Jewish population (40.5 years)

Study Notes:

DataBank users should review the Appendices to the report in addition to the main text and summary of findings. 

The Appendices include discussions of the utility of the National Household Survey of 2011 (which replaced earlier Census "long-form" data collection efforts), a discussion of the Revised Jewish Definition used in 2011 and a comparison with the Standard Jewish Definition used in earlier Census-based reports on Jewish Canada, a discussion of ethnic origin attribution used in the definition of Jewish persons, and supplemental, additional tables on population demographics.

Language: English