United Counties of Prescott and Russell
|Prescott and Russell
Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell
|United counties (upper-tier)|
|United Counties of Prescott and Russell|
|Motto: Sic Dat Diligentia Terra
("He who works hard reaps a good harvest")
Location of Prescott & Russell counties
|• Warden||Robert Kirby|
|• Governing body||Prescott and Russell County Council|
|• MPs||Francis Drouin|
|• MPPs||Grant Crack|
|• Land||2,004.44 km2 (773.92 sq mi)|
|• Density||42.6/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (French: Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell) are consolidated counties located in the Canadian province of Ontario. Its county seat is L'Orignal. It was created as a result of a merger between Russell County and Prescott County in 1820. It is located in Eastern Ontario.
Geography and nature
It is crossed by the South Nation River that connects the Larose Forest and Alfred Bog. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has designated the Alfred Bog "a provincially significant wetland and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest." Species of interest include the palm warbler, northern pitcher-plant, pink lady's-slipper, cottongrass, bog elfin and bog copper butterflies, and ebony boghaunter dragonfly. It also hosts one of the most southerly herds of moose. The bog is open to the public with a 272-metre boardwalk for nature walks.
Municipalities and townships with major unincorporated communities:
- Alfred and Plantagenet (township)
- Casselman (municipality)
- Champlain (township)
- Clarence-Rockland (city)
- East Hawkesbury (township)
- Hawkesbury (town)
- Russell (township)
- The Nation (municipality)
|Canada census – United Counties of Prescott and Russell community profile|
|Population:||85,381 (6.5% from 2006)||80,184 (4.9% from 2001)|
|Land area:||2,004.44 km2 (773.92 sq mi)||2,001.18 km2 (772.66 sq mi)|
|Population density:||42.6/km2 (110/sq mi)||40.1/km2 (104/sq mi)|
|Median age:||40.5 (M: 40.1, F: 40.9)|
|Total private dwellings:||34,400||31,310|
|Median household income:|
|References: 2011 2006 earlier|
- Population in 1996: 74,013
The median income for a household in the county is $52,664 and the median income for a family is $59,817. Males have an average income of $35,984 versus $25,917 for females.
Prescott and Russell has a large Franco-Ontarian population, and is (by percentage) the most francophone census division in Canada west of Quebec. In 2011 French was the sole mother tongue of 64.2% of its residents, and an additional 1.7% reported being natively bilingual in French and English.
|English and French||1 425||1.7%|
Responsibilities of the county government include social services (social assistance, child care, housing), county roads, paramedic / ambulance services and land-use planning. The County also operates the Prescott-Russell Residence, a home for the aged in Hawkesbury.
There are two hospitals in Prescott-Russell: Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, in Hawkesbury, and the Glengarry Memorial Hospital, a rural hospital in Alexandria, Ontario. Also, there is a medevac helicopter, in Ottawa, Ontario. The two hospitals have seen an increase in wait times due to an influx of patient from Quebec. The Government of Quebec has stalled efforts to build a second hospital in Western Quebec and it is not known when funding will be made available.
The counties are served by numerous commuter bus lines running to Ottawa, which are mainly operated by private contractors. The route numbers are part of the Rural Partners Transit Service of OC Transpo. Communities served include Rockland (with 10-12 trips in rush hour), Hawkesbury, Bourget, Casselman, Russell, and Embrun.
The county is policed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). There are two main police stations in Prescott and Russell; one in Embrun and one in Hawkesbury. In addition, there is a police station in Rockland that acts as a satellite to the one in Embrun. The OPP is also in charge of patrolling Highway 417.
- List of municipalities in Ontario
- List of townships in Ontario
- Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail
- "Prescott and Russell United counties census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Community highlights for Prescott and Russell". 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- The Alfred Bog, Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
- "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Lahaie, Lianne. "Wait times at Hawkesbury hospital are on the rise". Hawkesbury Review.
- Ontario Provincial Police Website Archived July 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
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