Erin, Ontario

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Erin
Town (lower-tier)
Town of Erin
Coat of arms of Erin
Coat of arms
Location of Erin within Wellington County
Location of Erin within Wellington County
Coordinates: 43°46′N 80°04′W / 43.767°N 80.067°W / 43.767; -80.067Coordinates: 43°46′N 80°04′W / 43.767°N 80.067°W / 43.767; -80.067
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Wellington
Established 1820
Amalgamated 1997
Government
 • Mayor Allan Alls
 • Governing Body Town of Erin Council
 • MP Mike Chong (Con)
 • MPP Ted Arnott (PC)
Area[1][2]
 • Town (lower-tier) 297.75 km2 (114.96 sq mi)
 • Urban 4.77 km2 (1.84 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1][2]
 • Town (lower-tier) 10,770
 • Density 36.2/km2 (94/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,674
 • Urban density 560.6/km2 (1,452/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code FSA N0B
Area code(s) 519
Website www.erin.ca

Erin is a town in Wellington County, approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Erin is an amalgamated town, composed of the former Villages of Erin and Hillsburgh, and the hamlets of Ballinafad, Brisbane, Cedar Valley, Crewson's Corners, and Orton, as well as the former Township of Erin.

Erin is primarily a rural community but, while farming is still an important activity in the town, most of its population works in the nearby cities of Brampton, Mississauga, Guelph, and even Toronto. The town's new industrial park is attracting a number of new industries, due to its cheaper tax rate, accessibility to transportation, and its location within the "Technology Triangle," a series of high-tech driven cities including nearby Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge.

Communities[edit]

In addition to the primary settlement of Erin, the town also includes the smaller communities of Ballinafad, Binkham, Brisbane, Cedar Valley, Churchill, Coningsby, Hillsburgh, Mimosa and Ospringe.

Demographics[edit]

Census Population
Erin (village)
1871 600
1921 479
1931 451
1941 499
1951 650
1961 1,005
1971 1,446
1981 2,313
1991 2,489
1996 2,633
Erin (town)
2001 11,052
2006 11,148
2011 10,770

Population trend:[3]

  • Population in 2006: 11,148 (2001 to 2006 population change: 0.9%)
  • Population in 2001: 11,052
  • Population total in 1996: 10,657
    • Erin (township): 8024
    • Erin (village): 2633
  • Population in 1991:
    • Erin (township): 7561
    • Erin (village): 2489

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 3741 (total dwellings: 3939)

Mother tongue:[4]

  • English as first language: 91.4%
  • French as first language: 1.1%
  • English and French as first language: 0.4%
  • Other as first language: 7.1%

Culture[edit]

Erin revolves around its community centre, called Centre 2000. The building was added to the existing community centre. The facility now includes Erin District High School, 300 seat theatre, large double gym, arena, many community rooms, dentist, physiotherapist, Erin Branch of the Wellington Library, daycare, and many other features. Erin Village Alliance Church meets in the Gymnasium on Sunday mornings. Within the walls of Centre 2000 is Erin Cinema, located in the 300 seat theatre. It shows first run movies and Toronto Film Festival Circuit films on weekends and some weekdays.

Media[edit]

The town of Erin has a community radio station CHES-FM. The Erin Advocate is the local newspaper and also publishes a monthly Country Routes to surrounding areas. The weekly paid-circulation paper has 2,500 circulation. It is the only media to report local news.

Notable residents[edit]

Erin is home to many notable residents, including film-maker Mike Clattenburg, Ex-NHL player Jeff Shevalier, the late musician Stompin' Tom Connors, NHL Referee Terry Gregson, and Broadway star Muriel Meehan, famous for her role as notorious Defense Attorney Joyce Riley in Legally Blonde: The Musical.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Erin, Ontario (Code 3523017) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Erin, Ontario (Code 0265) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  3. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  4. ^ "Erin community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 

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