Orangeville, Ontario

Orangeville, Ontario
—  Town  —

Coat of arms
Motto: "Historic Charm -- Dynamic Future"
Location of Orangeville within Dufferin County
Coordinates: 43°54′55″N 80°6′31″W / 43.91528°N 80.10861°W / 43.91528; -80.10861Coordinates: 43°54′55″N 80°6′31″W / 43.91528°N 80.10861°W / 43.91528; -80.10861
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Dufferin
Incorporated 1863 (village)
Incorporated 1873 (town)
 – Mayor Rob Adams
 – Deputy Mayor Warren Maycock
 – Councillors Mary Rose, Gail Campbell, Sylvia Bradley, Scott Wilson, Jeremy Williams
 – Town 15.57 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 450 m (1,476 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 – Town 26,925
 – Density 1,729.3/km2 (4,478.9/sq mi)
 – Urban 29,110
 – Metro 29,110
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code L9W
Area code(s) 519 and 226

Orangeville (2006 population 26,925; UA population 29,110) is a town in south-central Ontario, Canada, and the seat of Dufferin County.



The house of Orangeville founder Orange Lawrence as it stands today.

Before European settlers, Orangeville was thought to be a native hunting ground. No permanent settlements have been identified in the area, although minor burial sites have been discovered.

The first patent of land was issued to Ezekiel Robinson, a land surveyor, on August 7, 1820. This was followed by land issued to Alan Robinet in 1822. In 1863, Orangeville was named after Orange Lawrence, a businessman born in Connecticut in 1796 who owned several mills in the village. As a young man, he moved to Canada and settled in Halton County. During Mackenzie's rebellion in 1837, he was a captain in the militia. Lawrence purchased the land that became Orangeville from Robert Hughson.[2] Orange Lawrence committed suicide December 15, 1861. [3] In 1873, the Act of Incorporation was passed and Orangeville was given town status on January 1, 1874.

The public library, located at Broadway and Mill Street, was completed in 1908. Andrew Carnegie, well-known businessman and philanthropist, provided financial assistance for its construction.

Economy and finance

There are many upscale businesses on Broadway through downtown Orangeville

Orangeville serves as an administrative and commercial hub for Dufferin County, the northern portion of Peel Region and the surrounding area. Orangeville's downtown core is home to several retail stores, and there is a cluster of big-box stores in the Fairgrounds Shopping Centre. Many residents in and around Orangeville also commute to other areas of the Greater Toronto Area for work.

There are a number of manufacturing plants located in the town. Major industrial employers include Greening Donald (automotive airbag components), Resolve Corporation (computer outsourcing), Clorox Company of Canada (Glad garbage bags), Relizon Canada (pressure sensitive labels), Plastiflex Canada Inc. (plastic hoses), Rochling Engineering Plastics (formerly Symplastics Limited )(plastic sheets) and HiSAN of Canada (automotive components).

Orangeville is also the main banking centre for residents in the area. The financial institutions in Orangeville are:

Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, and Scotiabank have at least two branches in Orangeville, in response the most popular banks in Orangeville.

Transportation and infrastructure

Orangeville Town Hall.

The main intersection in the heart of the town is Broadway (formerly Ontario Highway 9) and First Street. Highway 10 runs through Orangeville on its east side.

Beginning in 2005, a major roadwork project was initiated to resurface Broadway through Orangeville. The downtown section was completed in early 2006, with extensive work still to be done on the west end in late 2006. In conjunction with this project, there was another one completed in late 2006 that involved building large planters in the middle of Broadway through the downtown section between First and Third Streets [West - East]). The project has been controversial, as safety concerns have been raised by the Fire Department because the new concrete planters in the middle of the road have made the right of ways too narrow for fire trucks to properly set up in case of a fire in a downtown building.[citation needed]

Construction of the South Arterial Road, often referred to as the 'Orangeville by-pass', was completed on August 3, 2005.[4] The road runs from east to west, connecting Highway 10 and County Road 109 (formerly Highway 9). Much of the Eastern stretch runs through the Town of Caledon, but officially enters into Orangeville at the Townline Road controlled intersection.

Aecon Construction and Materials Limited was the successful bidder for the Design Build project with a price of $9.8 million. The project was completed in conjunction with Brampton-based Armbro Construction, TSH Engineers Architects Planners, Peto MacCallum Ltd. and Gartner Lee Ltd.

Orangeville Transit is the town's own public transit system, and there is commuter GO Transit bus service to Brampton. In the early 1990s, preliminary plans were drawn up for GO Transit rail service to Orangeville. However, it never got past the drawing board.[citation needed]

Industries in Orangeville are served by the Orangeville-Brampton Railway, which purchased 55 kilometers of surplus track from the Canadian Pacific Railway. The railway connects with the CPR in Streetsville, and also services customers in Brampton to the south.

About 100 years ago, survey work was underway for an electric railway line which would serve Orangeville, the Huron and Ontario Electric Railway.[5]


Census Population
1871 1,458
1881 2,847
1891 2,962
1901 2,511
1911 2,340
1921 2,187
1931 2,614
1941 2,718
1951 3,249
1961 4,593
1971 8,074
1981 13,740
1991 17,921
2001 25,248
2006 26,925

According to the Canada 2006 Census:

  • Population: 28,000 (2008)
  • % Change (2001–2006): 6.5
  • Dwellings: 9,636
  • Area (km²): 15.57
  • Density (persons per km²): 1,729.3


There are currently ten public and separate elementary schools in Orangeville: Credit Meadows, Mono Amaranth, Montgomery Village, Parkinson Centennial, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, St. Andrew's RC, St. Benedict's RC, St. Peter's RC and Island Lake Public School, as well as a holding school. Along with these publicly funded schools, there are several private schools in the area: Dufferin Area Christian School, Hillcrest Private School, The Maples Independent Country School, Orangeville Christian School, and Trillium Montessori School. A French School is in the works for the old Springbrook Elementary Building. It is currently being used as a holding school that other schools including Island Lake, Montgomery Village, and Princess Margaret, have used while repairs, renovations, rebuilds and construction were completed. There are two Secondary Schools located within the boundaries of Orangeville: Westside Secondary School and Orangeville District Secondary School (ODSS).

Humber College is scheduled to offer full-time programs in Fall 2007 at a temporary location. A new campus is planned on a 28-acre (110,000 m2) site located on Veteran's Way. The first phase of the new facility is planned to open in late fall 2007 or early 2008. Upon opening, the campus is expected to accommodate up to 400 students, expanding to 2,000 by 2017. Georgian College also operates a satellite campus offering part-time courses.


Statue of Santa Claus in Kay Cee Gardens

Orangeville is the cultural capital of Dufferin County. Orangeville hosts the annual Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival which is renowned throughout the region.

The Town Hall building contains the Orangeville Theatre. This facility hosts plays and concerts throughout the year. A number of performances have given the Orangeville Theater a reputation for excellence.

Local artists have made their mark on Orangeville as well. Numerous old maple trees have died due to age in recent years and have been carved into large sculptures.


The local radio station, CIDC, formerly targeted its news and variety programming out of Orangeville to Southern Huronia. However, it subsequently became a top-40 station targeting Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. The signals have been moved southeast to increase coverage into Greater Toronto, and studios have been moved to the Toronto community of Etobicoke. Orangeville is also mainly served by many Radio stations in Toronto transmitting from the CN Tower.

There are two local newspapers based in Orangeville, the Orangeville Citizen and the Orangeville Banner. The Banner is the only paper to go to all homes in Orangeville and Dufferin county twice a week.

Until June 2005, Rogers Television maintained its Peel North studio and production facility at 98 C-Line. The facility was closed to allow for expansion of the Peel North headend. Rogers is the cable provider for Orangeville.

Government and politics

Orangeville is located in provincial electoral district of Dufferin—Caledon. This was changed from Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey when the Province instituted the 107 electoral districts revision in 2006. Its current Member of Provincial Parliament is Sylvia Jones, former assistant to Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader, John Tory. Federally, Orangeville is located in the Dufferin—Caledon electoral district. Its elected Member of Parliament is currently David Tilson of the Conservative Party.


Climate data for Orangeville
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13
Average high °C (°F) −3.9
Daily mean °C (°F) −8
Average low °C (°F) −12.1
Record low °C (°F) −36
Precipitation mm (inches) 65.2
Rainfall mm (inches) 24.2
Snowfall cm (inches) 41.1
Source: Environment Canada[6]

Famous residents

Orangeville is a hotbed of box lacrosse, and has produced a number of notable National Lacrosse League players, including:


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