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Township of Norwich

History

The Township of Norwich was formed in 1975 through the amalgamation of the former townships of East Oxford, North Norwich, South Norwich and the Village of Norwich. The largest communities that exist within the Township of Norwich are: Burgessville, Curries, Eastwood, Hawtrey,  Holbrook, Milldale, Muir, Norwich, Otterville, Oxford Centre and  Springford.


Demographics

In 2006, the population of Norwich was 10,481.  Over 75% of Norwich’s population is under 55 years of age, indicating that the majority of the population is readily available to enter the workforce.


 

Economy

Norwich’s economy is based largely on agriculture, including dairy and tobacco farming. However, Norwich has continued to diversify its economy with a growing number of businesses in multiple industries.  

The major industries in Norwich include:

·         Agriculture

·         Manufacturing

·         Retail

·         Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

 

·         Construction

·         Wholesale Trade

·         Transportation and Warehousing

·         Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

 

Education

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

A large proportion of Norwich residents have post-secondary education, predominantly from an apprenticeship/trade certificate or diploma, or from a college certificate or diploma.

 

Education Levels, Ages 15 +

 

Norwich

Norwich %

Ontario %

No certificate, diploma or degree

2615

33%

22%

High school certificate or equivalent

2275

29%

27%

Apprenticeship or trades certificate of diploma

835

10%

8%

College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma

1600

20%

18%

University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level

125

2%

4%

University certificate, diploma or degree

505

6%

21%

                                                   Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, 2006

 

 

Labour Force

Norwich is home to a multi-skilled labour force. Compared to the provincial average, Norwich has a high number of workers in agricultural based industries, as well as construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade.

 

Experienced Labour Force, 15 +

 

Norwich

Norwich %

Ontario %

Agriculture and other resource-based industries

915

16%

3%

Construction

420

7%

6%

Manufacturing

1090

19%

14%

Wholesale trade

350

6%

5%

Retail trade

490

9%

11%

Finance and real estate

180

3%

7%

Health care and social services

440

8%

9%

Educational services

160

3%

7%

Business services

840

15%

20%

Other services

780

14%

18%

                                                   Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, 2006


Access to Major Markets

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

Norwich 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

-

1 hour

London

-

55 minutes

Sarina

-

2 hours

Stratford

-

1 hour

Toronto

-

1 hour 45 minutes

Buffalo

-

2 hours 25 minutes

Detroit

-

3 hours 25 minutes