Meaford, Ontario

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Meaford
—  Town  —
Meaford is located in Southern Ontario
Meaford
Location in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°35′N 80°44′W / 44.583°N 80.733°W / 44.583; -80.733Coordinates: 44°35′N 80°44′W / 44.583°N 80.733°W / 44.583; -80.733
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CountyGrey
Settled
FormedJanuary 1, 2001
Government
 • MayorFrancis Richardson
 • Federal ridingBruce—Grey—Owen Sound
 • Prov. ridingBruce—Grey—Owen Sound
Area[1]
 • Land588.61 km2 (227.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total14,200
 • Density18.9/km2 (49/sq mi)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Postal CodeN4L
Area code(s)519 and 226
Websitewww.meaford.ca
 
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Meaford
—  Town  —
Meaford is located in Southern Ontario
Meaford
Location in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°35′N 80°44′W / 44.583°N 80.733°W / 44.583; -80.733Coordinates: 44°35′N 80°44′W / 44.583°N 80.733°W / 44.583; -80.733
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CountyGrey
Settled
FormedJanuary 1, 2001
Government
 • MayorFrancis Richardson
 • Federal ridingBruce—Grey—Owen Sound
 • Prov. ridingBruce—Grey—Owen Sound
Area[1]
 • Land588.61 km2 (227.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total14,200
 • Density18.9/km2 (49/sq mi)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Postal CodeN4L
Area code(s)519 and 226
Websitewww.meaford.ca

Meaford is a Canadian municipality in Grey County, Ontario. Meaford is located on Nottawasaga Bay , a sub-basin of Georgian Bay, in southern Ontario.

The Canadian Army maintains a training facility and tank range, LFCATC Meaford, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northwest of the town centre.

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Communities

In addition to the town of Meaford itself (44°36′N 80°35′W / 44.6°N 80.583°W / 44.6; -80.583), the municipality also includes the communities of Annan, Bognor, Leith and Woodford. The community of Rockford (44°31′30″N 80°54′58″W / 44.525°N 80.91611°W / 44.525; -80.91611) is on the western boundary along Ontario Highway 6.

2001 amalgamation

In 2001, with the amalgamation of various municipalities in Southern Ontario, the Town of Meaford, St. Vincent and Sydenham Township were amalgamated to form one municipality entity. Sydenham Township named in part for Lord Sydenham, governor of Canada from 1839 to 1841. St. Vincent Township was named after The Earl of St. Vincent and Meaford was named after his stately house. A township is an area of land (about 15 miles by 12 miles)that is divided into 100 acre farms (usually). For more than one hundred years the townships of Ontario were municipal entities with an elected council and a reeve. Sometimes a small area of a township was separated and incorporated as a town. The town was then a separate and distinct municipality. This was the case with Meaford in 1874 when it was separated from St. Vincent township. However it ceased to be a town at the time of amalgamation.

A transition team preparing for the new municipality voted in September 2000 to name it Georgian Highlands, with the name Meaford ranking second. Highland Hills, Georgian Shores, Bayview, Trillium, Big Head Valley, Georgian View, Cape Rich, Bay Shore Highlands, Georgian Bay Highlands, North Grey and Queen's Bush were other names considered.[2]

But the council of the new Georgian Highlands municipality voted 4-3 on 5 February 2001 voted to name the amalgamated area Meaford, citing confusion with nearby municipalities such as Georgian Bluffs and Grey Highlands. A by-law to formalize the name change to Meaford for the amalgamated area was subsequently passed on 5 March 2001, also by a 4-3 vote.

Demographics

Population trend:[5]

Politics

The former mayors of Meaford were:

Meaford is on the eastern edge of the Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound federal and provincial electoral district.

Media

The town is served by two community newspapers, the Meaford Express and the Meaford Independent, the latter an online publication. CKNX-FM, originating from Wingham, Ontario to the south, has a low-power retransmitter on 104.9 FM to serve Centreville and Meaford. Meaford is otherwise served principally by media from nearby Owen Sound.

Transportation

Meaford is located on Ontario Highway 26, between Owen Sound and Collingwood and is the main road in and out of the town.

There is no public transit, but Greyhound Canada makes daily schedule stops at Meaford on the route from Toronto to Owen Sound. Local taxis service the area around Meaford.

The closest airport is Wiarton/Keppel Airport located on Grey Road 1 in the town of Wiarton.

Schools

Meaford has three public schools with the Bluewater District School Board:

The closest post-secondary school is Georgian College regional campus in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Culture

Trivia

Notable residents

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