Shelburne, Ontario

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Shelburne "The 'Burne"
Town (lower-tier)
Town of Shelburne
Shelburne's Town Centre, at the intersection of Highway 89 and Highway 10
Shelburne's Town Centre, at the intersection of Highway 89 and Highway 10
Motto(s): A people place - A change of pace
Shelburne within Dufferin County
Shelburne within Dufferin County
Shelburne "The 'Burne" is located in Southern Ontario
Shelburne "The 'Burne"
Shelburne "The 'Burne"
Shelburne within Dufferin County
Coordinates: 44°05′N 80°12′W / 44.083°N 80.200°W / 44.083; -80.200Coordinates: 44°05′N 80°12′W / 44.083°N 80.200°W / 44.083; -80.200
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Dufferin
Settled Early 1860s
Incorporated March 22, 1879 (village)
Incorporated December 31, 1976 (town)
 • Mayor Kenneth Bennington
 • Federal riding Dufferin—Caledon
 • Prov. riding Dufferin—Caledon
 • Land 6.44 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 8,126
 • Density 907.1/km2 (2,349/sq mi)
  2016 Canada census
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code Various L9V & L0N 1S0
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Highways  Highway 89
 Highway 10
 Highway 24

Shelburne (2014 population 7200) is a town in Dufferin County, Ontario, Canada, is located at the intersection of Highway 10 and Highway 89. Shelburne is best known for the Annual Canadian Championship Fiddling Contest that is held each August.[2]


In the early 1860s, the founder of the town Shelburne, William Jelly, found his way through the bushes to choice lots in Melancthon and built several cabins in the area.

As Melancthon began developing in the late 1840s, the construction of the Toronto-Sydenham Road (now Highway 10) began and led to settlers moving into the Shelburne area in the 1860s. In 1865, William Jelly established the British Canadian Hotel. A post office was built shortly after, named after the Earl of Shelburne. Rapid economic growth followed and the population increased from 70 villagers in 1869 to 750 villagers in 1877, due to the new railways that were built. Shelburne was incorporated as a town in 1977.


According to the 2006 Canada Census:[3]

  • Population: 5,149
  • 2001 to 2006 Population Change (%): 24.9 (22.2 when 2001 population is adjusted for the boundary change between 2001 and 2006.)
  • Number of Dwellings: 1,902
  • Density (Population/km²): 798.9
  • Land Area (km²): 6.44

Population trend:[4]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1991 3,439 —    
1996 3,790 +10.2%
2001 4,122 +8.8%
2006 5,149 +24.9%
2011 5,846 +13.5%
2001 population is 4213 when adjusted for the boundary change that was made between 2001 and 2006.
Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
South Asian 35 0.7
Chinese 10 0.2
Black 85 1.7
Filipino 0 0
Latin American 0 0
Southeast Asian 0 0
Other visible minority 0 0
Total visible minority population 130 2.7
Aboriginal group
First Nations 15 0.3
Métis 0 0
Inuit 0 0
Total Aboriginal population 15 0.3
White 4,760 97
Total population 4,905 100


Major local employers have included automotive part manufacturers Johnson Controls (until 2009) and KTH Manufacturing. Other major manufacturing companies include Ice River Springs and Blue Mountain Plastics. A recently zoned industrial area has been established in the south end of town. Roads have been constructed to provide access to potential industries. The objective of this industrial area is to encourage industrial growth within the town. Shelburne is also home to a small retail sector and many residents commute to Orangeville, Brampton and other centres in the Greater Toronto Area.


Shelburne is part of the Upper Grand District School Board. The town's high school is Centre Dufferin District High School. Elementary schools include Glenbrook Elementary, Hyland Heights Elementary and Centennial Hylands Elementary.

Local government - as of the 2014 Municipal Election[edit]

Town Hall

Mayor: Ken Bennington

Deputy Mayor: Geoff Dunlop


Steven Anderson
Walter Benotto
Randy Chambers
Wade Mills
Dan Sample

Emergency services[edit]

The residents of the town are protected by members of the Shelburne Police Service.

Fire protection is provided by the Shelburne and District Fire Department.


The Shelburne Free Press publishes weekly in Shelburne. CFDC-FM 104.9, licensed to and based in Shelburne, broadcasts country music on 104.9, branded as Country 105. The regional weekly Orangeville Banner is also distributed to Shelburne.

Sports teams[edit]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Shelburne, Ontario (Code 3522021) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Contest". Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Shelburne, Ontario (Code3522021) community profile". 2006 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  5. ^ "Shelburne, Ontario (Code 3522021)". Aboriginal Population Profile 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 

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