Point Edward, Ontario

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Point Edward
Village (lower-tier)
Village of Point Edward
Michigan Avenue with the Blue Water Bridge in the background
Michigan Avenue with the Blue Water Bridge in the background
Motto: Progressively independent since 1878.
Point Edward is located in Ontario
Point Edward
Point Edward
Coordinates: 42°59′35″N 82°24′30″W / 42.99306°N 82.40833°W / 42.99306; -82.40833Coordinates: 42°59′35″N 82°24′30″W / 42.99306°N 82.40833°W / 42.99306; -82.40833
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Lambton
Established 1878
Government
 • Mayor Larry Mackenzie
 • MPs Pat Davidson (CPC)
 • MPPs Bob Bailey (OPC)
Area[1]
 • Land 3.27 km2 (1.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,034
 • Density 622.8/km2 (1,613/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code FSA N7V
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Website www.villageofpointedward
.com

Point Edward is a village in the Canadian province of Ontario. Adjacent to the city of Sarnia in Lambton County, Point Edward sits opposite Port Huron, Michigan, at the source of the St. Clair River. In the Canada 2011 Census, the population of Point Edward was 2,034, an increase of 0.7 percent from its 2006 population of 2,019.

In the summer of 2003, Point Edward celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Municipal government[edit]

Municipal office

The current mayor of Point Edward is Dick Kirkland. Roger Gallaway, who represented Sarnia—Lambton in the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 2006, was also a mayor of Point Edward prior to entering federal politics.

In the late 1980s, the provincial government initiated a plan to amalgamate Point Edward with the larger city of Sarnia, although many residents opposed the merger and the plan was abandoned in 1991. Despite this, some municipal government services in Point Edward are provided on contract by the city of Sarnia. For example, Point Edward is served by both Sarnia Transit and Bluewater Power Distribution, Sarnia's municipally-owned hydroelectricity provider.

Economy[edit]

Most businesses in Point Edward are independently owned. The only franchises located in the village are hotels and the OLG Casino Point Edward.

Schools[edit]

Point Edward is home to Bridgeview Public School. It was opened in the late 1940s to house the growing number of children in the village. The previous school was located where Optimist Park currently is. Bridgeview houses grades from junior kindergarten to Grade 8. It also has one of the best outfitted classroom facilities for special needs students in Southwestern Ontario. The Lambton Kent District School Board has closed a number of elementary schools due to low capacity, although Bridgeview remains open because of the highly valued special needs facilities.

Transportation[edit]

Blue Water Bridge Canada maintains the Blue Water Bridge across the Saint Clair River to Michigan and associated customs and immigration facilities. The company has bought and closed several houses along St. Clair and Alexandra Ave. It owns and maintains a great deal of land in Point Edward, but there is little room left for expansion.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1941 1,363 —    
1951 1,838 +34.8%
1961 2,744 +49.3%
1991 2,336 −14.9%
1996 2,257 −3.4%
2001 2,101 −6.9%
2006 2,019 −3.9%
2011 2,034 +0.7%
[4][5][6][7][8]
Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[9]
South Asian 0 0%
Chinese 10 0.5%
Black 0 0%
Filipino 0 0%
Latin American 0 0%
Arab 0 0%
Southeast Asian 0 0%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 0 0%
Japanese 0 0%
Other visible minority 0 0%
Mixed visible minority 0 0%
Total visible minority population 15 0.7%
Aboriginal group
Source:[10]
First Nations 20 1%
Métis 0 0%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 20 1%
White 1,985 98.3%
Total population 2,020 100%

Parks[edit]

Waterfront Park
  • Waterfront Park
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Simpson Street Park
  • Elks Park
  • Optimist Park
  • Helena Street Park
  • Hillier Park
  • McCrae Park
  • Tennis Courts

Notable residents[edit]

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Brad Boston, a citizen of Point Edward, was present on the Canadian sailing team, which finished 13th overall.

Hockey players George "Duke" Harris and Peter Mara and politician William Guthrie were also born in Point Edward.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Point Edward census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  4. ^ 144.pdf, Canada Year Book 1955
  5. ^ 192.pdf, Canada Year Book 1967
  6. ^ [1], 1996 Census of Canada: Electronic Area Profiles
  7. ^ [2], Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions
  8. ^ [3], Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions
  9. ^ [4], Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
  10. ^ [5], Aboriginal Peoples - Data table

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