|Town of East Gwillimbury|
|Motto(s): Our Town, Our Future!|
Location of East Gwillimbury York Region.
|Regional Municipality||York Region|
|Township of East Gwillimbury||1850|
|Town of East Gwillimbury||1971|
|• Mayor||Virginia Hackson|
James R. Young|
|• Total||245.03 km2 (94.61 sq mi)|
|Population (2016)Statistics Canada. 2017|
|• Density||97.9/km2 (254/sq mi)|
|• Growth||+6.8% (2,011-2,016)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Forward sortation area||L9N|
East Gwillimbury is a town on the East Holland River in the Regional Municipality of York. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area of southern Ontario, in Canada. It was formed by the amalgamation of the Township of East Gwillimbury with all the previously incorporated villages and hamlets within the township. The main centres in East Gwillimbury are the villages of Holland Landing, Queensville, Sharon, and Mount Albert. The Civic Centre (municipal offices) are located along Leslie Street in Sharon. The northernmost interchange of Highway 404 is at the North edge of East Gwillimbury, just south of Ravenshoe Road. The hamlets of Holt and Brown Hill are also within town limits.
|Virginia Hackson||2010 to present|
|James Young||2000 to 2010|
|Jim Mortson||1991 to 2000|
|Robert Featherstonhaugh||1985 to 1991|
|Angus Morton||1977 to 1985|
|Gladys Rolling||1970 to 1976|
In the 2014 election Virginia Hackson was re-elected as Mayor, with a council consisting of Tara Roy-DiClemente, Marlene Johnson, James Young and new member Joe Persechini.
The town operates three fire and emergency services locations, in Holland Landing, Mount Albert and Queensville. They are each staffed by a District Fire Chief and volunteer firefighters.
Police services are provided by the York Regional Police.
In March, 2006 the town council passed a policy during the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting which requires all residential developments of at least ten units to comply with Energy Star qualifications. The town's mayor described potential benefits of the program: "Energy efficient housing is the best way to ensure that East Gwillimbury's residents are insulated against rising energy costs and won't have to make costly energy efficiency upgrade retrofits in the future." The program was developed in conjunction with the development community, and stipulates "that homes in new subdivisions must — emphasis here on must — have some of the most efficient hot water, heating and air conditioning systems, be upgraded with top-rated insulation, and have draft-proof windows."
East Gwillimbury is the first jurisdiction in Canada to require Energy Star certification for residential units.
The 2010 Official Plan
In June 2010, town council passed the Official Plan for the Town of East Gwillimbury. The Official Plan was praised for its consultations with the public, developers, and other stakeholders. Designated as a future growth area under the Places to Grow Act by the Province of Ontario, East Gwillimbury will see growth from 23,000 residents in 2010, to approximately 88,400 people and 34,000 jobs by the year 2031. Despite the large amount of growth, almost 75% of East Gwillimbury land will not be developed as it is part of both the Greenbelt and the Oak Ridges Moraine. Rather than being spread out throughout the town, growth will be concentrated in the existing villages of Holland Landing, Sharon, Queensville and Mount Albert. Queensville will see the most growth, going from a population of 650 people in 2010, to over 30,000 residents. Much of the growth has been proposed since the early 1990s – however, growth in East Gwillimbury cannot occur until the York–Durham Sewage System is extended into the town, which has been postponed until 2012 or 2013, when costs are lowered. In October 2011, the Regional Municipality of York advised the Ontario Municipal Board, that they support the Official Plan for East Gwillimbury.
|Canada 2011 Census||Population||% of total population|
|Multiple visible minority||60||<0.01|
The Sharon Temple is located in the village of Sharon, Ontario. It was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990. The site is composed of eight distinctive heritage buildings and dwellings, and houses 6,000 artifacts on a 1.8-hectare (4.4-acre) site. The Temple was constructed between 1825 and 1832 by the "Children of Peace", a Quaker sect led by David Willson on whose property it was built.
Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is a naturist (nudist) park located between the villages of Sharon and Mount Albert. It attracts thousands of visitors to East Gwillimbury and has a significant economic impact on area tourism. It has been in that location since 1972 when it was known as the Toronto Helios Society.
Stardust Drive-In Theatre on Mount Albert Road opened in 1950s as North York Drive-In and is one of a handful of drive-in theatres remaining in Canada.
Schools in East Gwillimbury are governed by the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board. There are several elementary schools. Under the public system, the school board operates Holland Landing Public School, Park Avenue Public School, located in Holland Landing and Phoebe Gilman Public School in the Harvest Hills neighborhood. Sharon Public School, Queensville Public School and Mt. Albert Public School are located in Sharon, Queensville and Mount Albert respectively. The York Catholic District School Board operates Good Shepherd Catholic School (Holland Landing and Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Elementary School in Sharon). There are currently no secondary schools in East Gwillimbury, so students in Holland Landing attend Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School in Newmarket and students from Sharon, Queensville and Mount Albert attend Huron Heights Secondary School, also in Newmarket or Stouffville District Secondary School located in Whitchurch-Stouffville. Good Shepherd and Our Lady of Good Counsel students may proceed to Sacred Heart Catholic High School for secondary school. No post-secondary campuses are located in East Gwillimbury, though there are plans to bring a post-secondary institution to the Queensville area. East Gwillimbury's newest public school, Robert Munsch Public School, opened in 2014 in Mount Albert.
Local public transportation is provided by York Region Transit, who operate bus services to Sharon, Holland Landing and Mount Albert. GO Transit also offers commuter train and bus services to Toronto through its East Gwillimbury Station.
Ontario Highway 404 has been extended to just south of Keswick in the Town of Georgina, passing through East Gwillimbury. The town is served by three interchanges along Highway 404, namely Green Lane just North of Newmarket, Queensville Sideroad, and Woodbine Ave at the North end.
East Gwillimbury began with the early development of Upper Canada by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe in the late 18th century. On his order, Yonge Street was constructed from Lake Ontario to what is now the village of Holland Landing in East Gwillimbury. The areas to the north and east were named East Gwillimbury and North Gwillimbury in honour of Simcoe's wife, Elizabeth Gwillim. In 1849 the Baldwin Act incorporated the Township of East Gwillimbury effective January 1, 1850. The Province of Ontario incorporated the Town of East Gwillimbury effective January 1, 1971.
As the East Gwillimbury area grew, a number of communities developed. They were the villages or hamlets of Brown Hill, Franklin, Holland Landing, Holt (formerly Eastville), Mount Albert, Queensville (formerly colloquially known as The Four Corners), Ravenshoe, River Drive, and Sharon (formerly Hope).
In 1913, all township records were destroyed in a fire at the clerk's office in Queensville.
Famous residents (past and present)
- Sam Bennett, NHL player with the Calgary Flames
- John Candy, actor and comedian
- Ebenezer Doan, master builder of the Temple
- Samuel Lount, organizer of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion.
- Curtis Joseph, retired NHL Goalie
- David Willson, founder of the Children of Peace.
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- "2014 Municipal Election Certified Results". The Town of East Gwillimbury. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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- Hamilton, Tyler (2006-06-19). "Town raises bar on efficiency". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2006-06-19.
- Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes, East Gwillimbury, June 11, 2012
- Woycke, James (2003). Au naturel : the history of nudism in Canada. Etobicoke, Ontario: Federation of Canadian Naturists. ISBN 0-9682332-3-6.
- Millier Dickinson Blais (2012). Town of East Gwillimbury Cultural Mapping Project (PDF). Town of East Gwillimbury. p. 7.
- "Ontario Archives". Gazetteer of Ontario, 1962, p. 160. Government of Ontario. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- Rolling, Gladys M. (1967). "Preface". East Gwillimbury in the nineteenth century. Ryerson Press.
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