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Orangeville, Ontario

Town of Orangeville
Coat of arms of Orangeville
"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°54′55″N 80°06′31″W / 43.91528°N 80.10861°W / 43.91528; -80.10861
Incorporated1863 (village)
Incorporated1873 (town)
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • MayorLisa Post
 • Deputy MayorTodd Taylor
 • CouncillorsJoe Andrews, Andy Macintosh, Tess Predergast, Debbie Sherwood, Rick Stevens
 • 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

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


Orangeville founder, Orange Lawrence's house
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 and Southwestern Ontario for work.

There are a number of manufacturing plants located in the town. Major commercial and industrial employers include: the Resolve Corporation, a provider of computer outsourcing services; Allied Threaded Products, a fastener manufacturer; Greening Donald, a maker of automotive airbag components; 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 centre for residents in the area.


Orangeville Town Hall.

The main intersection in the heart of the town is Broadway (formerly 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]

A section of County Road 109, often referred to as the "Orangeville bypass", is a bypass opened in 2005,[11] running east–west connecting Highway 10 with a pre-existing section of County Road 109 that was formerly Highway 9 running west out of town. Much of the eastern stretch runs through the Town of Caledon, but officially enters Orangeville at the Townline Road intersection, where it is named Riddell Road.

Orangeville Transit is the town's 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 were served by the Orangeville Brampton Railway, which purchased 55 kilometres (34 mi) of surplus track from the Canadian Pacific Railway. The railway connected with the CPR in Mississauga, and also serviced customers in Brampton to the south. From 2004 to 2018, a tourist train was operated on weekends in summer months. The last train out of Orangeville was December 17, 2021.[12][13]

In 1906, survey work was underway for an electric railway line which would serve Orangeville, to be called the Huron and Ontario Electric Railway.[14] The planned 150 kilometres (93 mi) line would have connected Orangeville with Goderich, Ontario. The line was proposed during a period where electric railways was popular in Ontario but many would end up in the hands of Ontario Hydro in the 1930s or fail. Like the 1902 Ontario West Shore Railway this line was never built.


Historical populations

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Orangeville had a population of 30,167 living in 11,059 of its 11,308 total private dwellings, a change of 4.4% from its 2016 population of 28,900. With a land area of 15.16 km2 (5.85 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,989.9/km2 (5,153.8/sq mi) in 2021.[15]

According to the 2016 Canadian Census,the median age was 38.8 years, lower than the national median age of 41.2 years.[16] The median value of a dwelling in Orangeville was $400,320, higher than the national average at $341,556, and the median household income (after-taxes) was $73,605, higher than the national median of $61,348.[3][16]


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 Academy (IB World 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.[a] 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, despite being within the Region of Peel, draws around 1,000 students from Orangeville and elsewhere in Dufferin County.

Humber College has offered full-time programs at the Alder Street arena since 2007. In 2019, the college announced it would be closing the campus in June 2021.[17]

Georgian College currently owns and operates a campus located at 22 Centennial Road, offering full- and part-time courses. 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

Orangeville hosts the annual Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, typically the first full weekend in June.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]


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. The Orangeville Otters are a competitive swim team based in Orangeville. The team trains at the Alder and Tony Rose pools.[21]


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

Two radio stations are licensed to Orangeville, adult contemporary CKMO-FM (FM 101 Orangeville) and rhythmic contemporary CIDC-FM (Z103.5). CKMO launched in 2015 and broadcasts from studios in downtown Orangeville.[22] CIDC has historically targeted the broader Greater Toronto Area as a rimshot, and has usually marketed itself as a Toronto station (having moved its tower closer to the city, and operating from studios in Etobicoke) rather than operate as an Orangeville-specific outlet. It faced reprimands from the CRTC in 2016 for not regularly broadcasting news and information content of specific relevance to Orangeville.[23][24]

Until June 2005, Rogers TV 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. Today, Rogers tv has a studio and production facility located at 70 C-line.

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 Kyle Seeback of the Conservative Party.


Climate data for Orangeville Moe
Climate ID: 6155790; coordinates 43°55′06″N 80°05′11″W / 43.91833°N 80.08639°W / 43.91833; -80.08639 (Orangeville Moe); elevation: 411.5 m (1,350 ft); 1981−2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.5
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) −3.4
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.5
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) −11.6
Record low °C (°F) −36.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 64.3
Average rainfall mm (inches) 25.7
Average snowfall cm (inches) 38.5
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 14.3 10.9 11.3 12.2 12.9 11.9 10.5 11.9 12.2 14.3 14.6 14.1 151.0
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 3.6 3.3 5.6 10.7 12.9 11.9 10.5 11.9 12.2 14.0 10.8 4.5 112.0
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 11.3 8.1 6.2 1.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 4.5 10.0 42.8
Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada[25]

Notable people

Statue of Santa Claus in Kay Cee Gardens, other wooden statues can be seen throughout the town

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


  1. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Orangeville, Ontario (Code 3522014) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Archived from the original on 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  2. ^ "Orangeville (Population Centre), Ontario (Code 0609) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  3. ^ a b c "Orangeville, Ontario (Code 3522014) census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  4. ^ a b "Orangeville (Population Centre), Ontario (Code 0609) census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  5. ^ Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000[permanent dead link], 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". 22 February 1796. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Former residents of Orange Lawrence's historic home learn how he died 156 years later". 13 December 2017. 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. ^ "End of the line: Why Ontario will regret ripping up this rail corridor". December 20, 2021. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  13. ^ Host, Stephen C. (December 20, 2021). "Last train marks closure of Orangeville-Brampton Railway". Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  16. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Canada". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  17. ^ "Humber College to Close Orangeville Campus as of June 2021". Humber College. September 25, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  18. ^ "Orangeville Blues and Jazz". Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "Theatre Orangeville". Headwaters Tourism. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  20. ^ "Tree Sculptures Offer Unique Look at Orangeville". Orangeville Banner. May 30, 2018.
  21. ^ "Orangeville Otters Swim Club". Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  22. ^ 101.5 FM launches local programming Archived 2015-02-23 at the Wayback Machine,, February 17, 2015
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-74: CIDC-FM Orangeville – Technical changes". CRTC. 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  25. ^ "Orangeville". Canadian Climate Normals 1981−2010. Environment and Climate Change Canada. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
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