Cornwall’s Population Posts Modest Increase

By Bob Peters
February 8, 2012

The City’s population has topped the 46,000 mark, growing to 46,340 residents in 2011. This is according to Statistics Canada, who released the preliminary results of the 2011 Census.

“It’s encouraging to see the number increase,” said Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger. “Our objective is to continue to develop strategies to continue that pattern of growth in the future.”

Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau noted that new jobs created by companies like Shoppers Drug Mart and Target will help bring in new residents. Hundreds of new jobs are expected to be created in Cornwall’s logistics sector in 2012 and 2013.

“We will be stepping up our efforts to attract new residents, and provide assistance where possible to local companies and their job recruitment efforts,” said Mr. Boileau. “The website is an important part of our strategy.”

The website provides information on local employment opportunities, and includes a section for new residents on moving to Cornwall.  Key benefits on the benefits of living in Cornwall include affordable housing costs and big-city amenities such as St. Lawrence College and the Cornwall Community Hospital.

Mayor Kilger said residents can also help by being more confident and optimistic about their hometown, which will help spread the word about the city’s positive elements. Team Cornwall, a group of over 400 goodwill ambassadors, has an important role to play in this regard.

“It is interesting that according to the Census the number of dwelling units in Cornwall increased by 3.7% from 2006 to 2011,” said Stephen Alexander, Manager of Planning and Recreational Services. “Cornwall offers a very good mix of urban and recreational amenities and that, combined with new residential developments such as the Cotton Mill Lofts, should help attract new residents.”

On a regional scale, the population of the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry also grew (0.7%) to reach a total of 111,164 people* in 2011. Of the six townships that make up S.D. &G, the fastest growing areas were South Dundas (2.5%), South Glengarry (2.2%) and South Stormont (0.8%), perhaps reflecting a move to the towns that dot the Highway 401 corridor.

The population across Ontario grew at a rate of 5.7%. The population of Canada increased to 5.9% to a total 33.4 million people, growing faster than any G8 nation, census reveals.

The statistics released this week is the first round of data gathered during the 2011 census. More detailed information is expected in the second quarter of 2012.

* The population the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry includes the City of Cornwall.

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