Belleville Population, Housing and Employment Growth Forecast

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by | Published , updated Dec 19, 2023

One requirement of the City’s function is to ensure it can accommodate growth in the upcoming years. This is typically done through population, housing and employment growth forecasts. The last forecast was done in 2017 as part of the Municipal Comprehensive Review/ Official Plan Update by Watson & Associates Land Economists Ltd.


  • The population base within the City is anticipated to steadily increase from 56,600 in 2021 to 75,200 by 2051 representing an average annual population growth rate of 1%.
  • To accommodate forecast permanent population growth, an additional 10,500 new residential dwellings will need to be constructed within the City between 2021 and 2051.
  • While the City updated its Development Charge Bylaw in 2021 to deliver projects to support development related to a historic projection of 200 units per year, the new forecast of 340 units per year will require more investment in a shorter timeline.
  • Housing development is expected to average 350 units annually, which is substantially higher when compared to the historical average of 200 housing units experienced annually over the past 15 years.
  • Employment growth within the City is forecast to increase from 32,600 in 2016 to 41,000 in 2051. This will be through commercial, institutional and industrial development.
  • Over the 2021 to 2051 forecast period, new housing is forecast to comprise 45% low density (singles and semi-detached), 23% medium-density (townhouses), 23% high density (apartments), and 9% secondary units.

Population, Housing, and Employment Growth Forecast Update – City of Belleville by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

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