Orangeville, Ontario

Orangeville (Canada 2016 Census 28,900) is a town in south-central Ontario, Canada, and the seat of Dufferin County.

Town of Orangeville
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Flag of Orangeville
Coat of arms of Orangeville
Coat of arms
"Historic Charm -- Dynamic Future"
Location of Orangeville within Dufferin County
Location of Orangeville within Dufferin County
Orangeville is located in Southern Ontario
Location of Orangeville in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 43°55′N 80°7′W / 43.917°N 80.117°W / 43.917; -80.117Coordinates: 43°55′N 80°7′W / 43.917°N 80.117°W / 43.917; -80.117
Incorporated1863 (village)
Incorporated1873 (town)
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • MayorSandy Brown
 • Deputy MayorAndy Macintosh
 • CouncillorsTodd Taylor, Grant Peters, Debbie Sherwood, Joe Andrews, Lisa Post
 • Town (lower-tier)15.61 km2 (6.03 sq mi)
 • Urban
31.16 km2 (12.03 sq mi)
Elevation411.50 m (1,350.07 ft)
 • Town (lower-tier)28,900
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)519 and 226
Highways Highway 10
 Highway 9


The house of Orangeville founder Orange Lawrence as it stands today.
Businesses on Broadway through downtown Orangeville
Territory of the Petún (Tionontati) people.

The first patent of land was issued to Ezekiel Benson, a land surveyor, on August 7, 1820. That 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.[6] He settled in the area in 1844 and established a mille.[7] The post office dates from 1851.[8] Orange Lawrence committed suicide December 15, 1861.[9][10] 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.


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 a substantial number of 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 different 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), Rochling Engineering Plastics (formerly Symplastics Limited) (plastic sheets) and Sanoh Canada (automotive components). Orangeville is also the main banking center for residents in the area.


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 was controversial, as safety concerns had been raised by the Fire Department because the new concrete planters in the middle of the road have made the rights of way 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.[11] 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 a 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 kilometres (34 mi) 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. From 2004 to 2018, a tourist train was operated on weekends in summer months.

In 1906, survey work was underway for an electric railway line which would serve Orangeville, to be called the Huron and Ontario Electric Railway.[12]


Historical populations
2016 28,900+3.3%

According to the 2016 Canadian Census,[3] the population of Orangeville is 28,900, a 3.3% increase from 2011, with a 0.65% per annum average growth rate over the same period. The area is 15.61 km2 (6.03 sq mi), giving a population density of 1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi). The median age is 38.8 years, lower than the national median age of 41.2 years.[13] There are 10,696 private dwellings with an occupancy rate of 98.8%. According to the 2015 National Household Survey,[3][13] the median value of a dwelling in Orangeville is $400,320, higher than the national average at $341,556. The median household income (after-taxes) in Orangeville is $73,605, higher than the national median of $61,348.

Orangeville inhabitants are predominantly of European descent. The racial composition of Orangeville is:


Upper Grand District School Board operates secular anglophone public schools. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board operates anglophone catholic public schools. The Conseil scolaire Viamonde operates secular francophone schools serving the area. The Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud operates catholic francophone schools serving the area.

There are currently eleven 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, Island Lake Public School and Spencer Avenue Elementary. Along with these publicly funded schools, there are several private schools in the area: Headwater Hills Montessori School, Dufferin Area Christian School, Hillcrest Private School, The Maples Independent Country School, Orangeville Christian School.

A French elementary school named L'École élémentaire de Quatre-rivièrs (translated as "Four Rivers Elementary School") currently resides in the old Springbrook Elementary building despite the reason for closing the school being 'structural' problems.[citation needed] Most of these problems are said to be the result of 'improper foundation for the area' as the school was built upon a swamp.[b] It had been used as a holding school for other schools including Island Lake, Montgomery Village, and Princess Margaret, while repairs, renovations, rebuilds and construction were completed.

There are two secondary schools within the boundaries of Orangeville: Westside Secondary School and Orangeville District Secondary School (ODSS). A catholic secondary school Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School draws around 1000 students from Orangeville and the rest of the county despite being within the Region of Peel.

Humber College has offered full-time programs at the Alder Street arena since 2007. In 2019, the collage announced it would be closing the campus in June 2021.[14]

Georgian College currently owns and operates a campus offering full & part-time courses located at 22 Centennial Road. It is also delivering Employment programs and services out of a location on 51 Townline.


Built c.1871, the town hall contains the opera hall
Statue of Santa Claus in Kay Cee Gardens, other wooden statues can be seen throughout the town.

Orangeville hosts the annual Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, usually in June.[15]

The Town Hall building contains the historic Orangeville Opera House on the second floor. The building was restored in 1993-1994. This facility is the home base of professional theatre company Theatre Orangeville, and hosts plays and concerts throughout the year.[16]

Begun in 2003, Orangeville's Art Walk of Tree Sculptures features more than 50 detailed works by local artists. The sculptures are carved from old maple trees that have died from natural causes. The largest tree sculpture is a tribute to Canadiana and the centrepiece of a small newly-developed park. It is a story totem entitled Nature's Unity, and celebrates Canada's 150th birthday.[17]


The Orangeville Flyers were a junior 'A' ice hockey team and part of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. They played home games at the Alder Street Recreation Facility until moving to Brampton in 2018. Orangeville was also home to a professional basketball team, the Orangeville A's of the National Basketball League of Canada, who played at the Orangeville Athlete Institute. The Athlete Institute Academy is home to Orangeville Prep, which has produced two top-10 NBA draft picks.

The Orangeville Northmen junior A and B box lacrosse teams are based in Orangeville.


There are two local newspapers based in Orangeville, the Orangeville Citizen and the Orangeville Banner.

Two radio stations originate from Orangeville, adult contemporary CKMO-FM (MyFM 101.5) and rhythmic contemporary CIDC-FM (Z103.5), although the latter station has historically targeted the broader Greater Toronto Area and Toronto as a rimshot (having moved its tower closer to the city, and operating from studios in Etobicoke) rather than operate as an Orangeville-specific outlet, and has faced orders from the CRTC requesting that the station regularly broadcast more news and information content of specific relevance to Orangeville.[18][19] CKMO, which launched in 2015, does specifically target Orangeville.

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.

Government and politicsEdit

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 Kyle Seeback of the Conservative Party.


Notable peopleEdit

Orangeville has produced a number of notable National Lacrosse League players, including:


On November 4, 2015, The Canadian Institute of Planners announced winners of its fifth annual Great Places in Canada contest. A jury of seven professional planners named Broadway as the Great Street. "The jury was impressed by the central role Broadway plays in the Orangeville community, along with the heritage character and streetscape design."[21]


  1. ^ 1.0% including Métis
  2. ^ Because of this the intermediate (grade 7-8) yard area is known to gain a large pond in the spring, about 1 12 feet (45.7 cm) deep at the deepest point. This pond is referred to as Springbrook Lake by students and staff. A second smaller pond, only about 1 foot (30.5 cm) at its very deepest, appears in the primary (grades 1-3) yard. This is referred to as Springbrook Pond.


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  2. ^ "Orangeville (Population Centre), Ontario (Code 0609) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  3. ^ a b c d "Orangeville, Ontario (Code 3522014) census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  4. ^ a b "Orangeville (Population Centre), Ontario (Code 0609) census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  5. ^ Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000, Environment Canada. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Source: The Orangeville Banner, March 8, 1951
  7. ^ Hamiltion, William (1978). The Macmillan Book of Canadian Place Names. Toronto: Macmillan. p. 163. ISBN 0-7715-9754-1.
  8. ^ Hamilton, William (1978). The Macmillan Book of Canadian Place Names. Toronto: Macmillan. p. 163. ISBN 0-7715-9754-1.
  9. ^ "Orange Lawrence". Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Former residents of Orange Lawrence's historic home learn how he died 156 years later". Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Certificates and Notices Under the Construction Lien Act". Daily Commercial News and Construction Record. Reed Business Information a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. September 2, 2005. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Dipping Into the Past - Survey under way for electric railway across Dufferin". Orangeville Citizen. November 23, 2006. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Canada". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  14. ^ "Humber College to Close Orangeville Campus as of June 2021". Humber College. September 25, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Orangeville Blues and Jazz". Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Theatre Orangeville". Headwaters Tourism. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Tree Sculptures Offer Unique Look at Orangeville". Orangeville Banner. May 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Halliday, Chris (2017-12-19). "CRTC demands Z103.5 regularly broadcast content relevant to Orangeville, 'the market it is licensed to serve'". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  19. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-74: CIDC-FM Orangeville – Technical changes". CRTC. 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  20. ^ "Orangeville". Canadian Climate Normals 1981−2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  21. ^ "And the Winners of Great Places in Canada are..." Canadian Institute of Planners. Archived from the original on November 20, 2015.

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