Introduction to Lambton County neighbourhood information
Quality information gives planners and decision makers a shared reference point for reflecting on the needs, realities, and resources in the community as they shape their vision for the future. By compiling this material, the Data Coalition provides knowledge and resources to support the Lambton Children's Planning Network in its vision of "A community that enriches the lives of children and families for a better tomorrow."
The data found in this website is intended to be an effective tool in the community engagement process. Neighbourhood level maps and narrative summaries provide information that is specific to the local population of children and families. This version is intended as a beginning point and further work will be undertaken to blend data on the neighbourhood maps.
The Data Coalition offers a word of caution in how the maps are used and presented. Direct comparisons between neighbourhoods are discouraged. The data is to be used to demonstrate that there are inequities in children’s development across all neighbourhoods and to provide an opportunity to "dig deeper" to understand the results and develop strategies for action. When planning, consider reviewing data from other municipalities/communities that border Lambton County because there is the potential that children could be accessing services in multiple sites.
Using the Early Development Instrument (EDI) catchment areas, Lambton County was divided into 14 neighbourhoods and a range of data was mapped for maximum effect. Displaying data in a map format is a powerful tool for planning and community mobilization. Maps provide elements of colour and design that allow for a simple and intuitive interpretation of the findings by a wide audience. The Offord Centre for Child Studies suggests that the results from neighbourhoods with less than 35 EDI records should be interpreted with caution.
View the Neighbourhood Statistical Data.
Maps are provided for the following neighbourhoods:
- Neighbourhood 1 – Bright’s Grove
- Neighbourhood 2 – North East Sarnia
- Neighbourhood 3 – South East Sarnia
- Neighbourhood 4 – South West Sarnia
- Neighbourhood 5 – North West Sara
- Neighbourhood 6 – Aamjiwnaang and Corunna
- Neighbourhood 7 – Mooretown, Courtright and Brigden
- Neighbourhood 8 – Sombra, Port Lambton, Rural St. Clair and Becher
- Neighbourhood 9 – Petrolia, Oil Springs, Oil City and Former Dawn Township
- Neighbourhood 10 – Watford and Warwick (Warwick Township)
- Neighbourhood 11 – Brooke, Alvinston, Former Euphemia Township and Inwood
- Neighbourhood 12 – Wyoming, Camlachie and rural surrounding area
- Neighbourhood 13 – Forest and rural surrounding area
- Neighbourhood 14 – Thedford, Grand Bend, Arkona and Port Franks
These maps display the following data:
- The median income in 2005
- The location of hubs, child care centres, nursery schools, before and after school programs, Ontario Early Years Centres, and elementary schools
Early Development Instrument Maps (EDI)
Another set of maps displays the Early Development Instrument (EDI) data which is a reliable population outcome indicator reflective of children’s early development. It reports on the key domains of children’s early development, namely
- Language and cognitive development
- Communication skills and general knowledge
- Emotional maturity
- Social maturity
- Physical health and well being
Socio-Economic Indicators (SES) Maps
Socio-economic status (SES) is the term used to describe the social and economic characteristics of a given unit of analysis, for example, a child’s family, a neighbourhood, a school district etc. This set of maps includes the following data:
- Family structure
- Median family income
Narrative and Charts
This website also includes narratives and charts that reflect the following data:
- Child population (0-12)
- JK/SK school enrollment
- Licensed child care capacity
- The number of children with special needs
- Fee Subsidy data
- A description of early years services offered in the neighbourhood
Thank you to the Data Coalition Working Group for providing this information. September 2010.