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Township of Blandford-Blenheim


History

The township was formed in 1975 after the amalgamation from the two historic townships, Blandford and Blenheim. The communities that exist within the township include: Bright, Drumbo, Plattsville, Princeton and Washington.

Demographics

In 2006, the population of Blandford-Blenheim was 7,149.  Over 77% of Blandford-Blenheim’s population is under 55 years of age, indicating that the majority of the population is readily available to enter the workforce.

 

Economy

Blandford-Blenheim’s economy has historically relied on the agricultural industry, which continues to be a major part of the economy today. The township also attracts many skilled workers in the manufacturing sector due to its many highly specialized facilities.

The major industries in Blandford-Blenheim include:

·         Agriculture

·         Manufacturing

·         Professional, Scientific and Technical Services


·         Construction

·         Transportation and Warehousing

·         Management of Companies and Enterprises

Education

There are many post-secondary training opportunities available within close proximity to Blandford-Blenheim to help residents meet the needs of the community. This includes a satellite campus of Fanshawe College in Woodstock, and Conestoga College in Ingersoll and Kitchener. Blandford-Blenheim is close to many of Ontario’s top post-secondary schools located in Brantford, Guelph, London and Waterloo.

Blandford-Blenheim’s educational levels are similar to that of the province. There are more people with apprenticeship or trade and college diplomas in Blandford-Blenheim, indicating specialized skills in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

Education Levels, Aged 15 +

 

Blanford-Blenheim

Blandford-Blenheim %

Ontario %

No certificate, diploma or degree

1690

30%

22%

High school certificate or equivalent

1615

28%

27%

Apprenticeship or trades certificate of diploma

625

11%

8%

College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma

1145

20%

18%

University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level

100

2%

4%

University certificate, diploma or degree

495

9%

21%

                                           Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, 2006

 

Labour Force

Blandford-Blenheim is home to a multi-skilled labour force. Compared to the provincial average, Blandford-Blenheim has a high number of workers in agricultural based industries (12% of workers, compared to 3% in Ontario), construction and manufacturing.

 

Experienced Labour Force, 15 +

 

Blanford-Blenheim

Blandford-Blenheim %

Ontario %

Agriculture and other resource-based industries

520

12%

3%

Construction

305

7%

6%

Manufacturing

1095

26%

14%

Wholesale trade

225

5%

5%

Retail trade

325

8%

11%

Finance and real estate

250

6%

7%

Health care and social services

210

5%

9%

Educational services

165

4%

7%

Business services

680

16%

20%

Other services

450

11%

18%

                                          Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, 2006


Access to Major Markets

Blandford-Blenheim is accessible by highway, air and railway. The settled areas are a short drive from Highway 401, 402 and 403.

Blandford-Blenheim is located near several airports, including the Region of Waterloo Airport, Hamilton International Airport, London International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The township also has access to the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Rail Line.

Driving Distances

Kitchener/Waterloo

-

35 minutes

London

-

1 hour

Sarina

-

1 hour 55 minutes

Stratford

-

50 minutes

Toronto

-

1 hour 30 minutes

Buffalo

-

2 hours 30 minutes

Detroit

-

3 hours 25 minutes