About the Members

The Assembly by Numbers

To help you get to know the Citizens’ Assembly we’ve compiled some statistics using information members provided when they were interviewed for the brief biographies that appear on our site.

A couple of things to note as you look at the list:

  • The age breakdown of the Assembly aligns closely to Statistics Canada age demographics for Ontario
  • The list of occupations includes the former occupations of retired members

Meet the Assembly


Number of Assembly members who are 18 to 24: 11
Number between 25 and 39: 23
Number between 40 and 54: 32
Number between 55 and 70: 25
Number who are 70+: 12

Place of birth

Number who were born in Ontario: 66
Number who were born in other provinces: 11
Number who were born outside of Canada: 27
(Countries of origin: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iraq, Korea, Malta, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States of America)  


Number of languages spoken by members: 28
Languages: English, French, Arabic, Aramaic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dutch, Fanti, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Ibo, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Maltese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, and Urdu)


Number in skilled trades: 2
Number of educators: 16
Number in finance or banking: 4
Number of homemakers or caregivers: 5
Number of healthcare workers: 5
Number in the arts: 3
Number of business owners: 8
Number in information technology: 12
Number of public servants: 4
Number of students: 12
Number in journalism, engineering, real estate, personnel, payroll & benefits, hotel industry, customer service and research: 2 each
Number of forklift operators, retail managers, account managers, mining employees, construction workers, MP assistants, criminologists, bus drivers, merchandisers, content editors, Reiki practitioners, lawyers, union administrators, radio dispatchers, land use planners, aerospace industry workers, quality assurance analysts, translators, building inspectors and pharmaceutical company employees: 1 each


Number of members who said they’re parents: 62
Number who said they’re grandparents: 23
Number of members who are published authors: 4