Statistics Canada has officially confirmed what many in Bradford West Gwillimbury have suspected – BWG is experiencing record growth. Population and dwelling numbers from the 2016 census released on February 8 reveal that at 25.8% growth over five years, BWG is the second-fastest growing municipality in Ontario.*
Among municipalities with at least 5,000 inhabitants, BWG’s growth from 28,077 people in 2011 to 35,325 in 2016 puts it second only to Milton in Ontario, and in the number 11 position for all of Canada behind municipalities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC and Quebec.
The growth comes as no surprise to Town officials; indeed, it’s in line with the Town’s Official Plan, which estimates that the municipality will accommodate 50,500 residents by 2031.
“The past several years have presented a busy but exciting time for our Town,” says BWG’s Mayor, Rob Keffer. “Our neighbourhoods are growing, we have new and expanding businesses, new parks and recreation, and our schools are bustling.
“While all of this growth is occurring, council has been careful to ensure that municipal services and infrastructure are expanding and improving to meet the needs of our residents in an affordable manner,” Mayor Keffer says.
While expanding services into new neighbourhoods, the Town has also invested in maintaining and rehabilitating older, established neighbourhoods including parks, roads and other infrastructure.
BWG’s Official Plan is currently undergoing a complete review to ensure the Town meets the goals of being a complete community.