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Township of South-West Oxford



History

The township was formed through the amalgamation of numerous communities, including:  Beachville, Brownsville, Centreville, Culloden, Dereham Centre, Mount Elgin, Ostrander, Salford and Sweaburg.


Demographics

In 2006, the population of South-West Oxford was 7,589.  Over 75% of South-West Oxford’s population is under 55 years of age, indicating that the majority of the population is readily available to enter the workforce

  

Economy

South-West Oxford’s economy is based largely on agriculture. Most recently, South-West Oxford has seen a large growth in all of its major industries.  The most dramatic change has been seen i n accommodation and food services sector, with a 1000% increase in the number of businesses.

The major industries in South-West Oxford include:

·         Agriculture

·         Wholesale Trade

·         Transportation and Warehousing

·         Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

 

·         Construction

·         Retail Trade

·         Finance and Insurance

·         Accommodation and Food Services

Education

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

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

Education Levels, 15 +

 

South-West Oxford

South-West Oxford %

Ontario %

No certificate, diploma or degree

1670

28%

22%

High school certificate or equivalent

1765

30%

27%

Apprenticeship or trades certificate of diploma

630

11%

8%

College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma

1220

21%

18%

University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level

190

3%

4%

University certificate, diploma or degree

470

8%

21%

                                             Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, 2006

                                                                                                                   

Labour Force

South-West Oxford is home to a multi-skilled labour force. Compared to the provincial average, South-West Oxford has a high number of workers in agricultural based industries and manufacturing.  

Experienced Labour Force, 15 +

 

South-West Oxford

South-West Oxford %

Ontario %

Agriculture and other resource-based industries

815

18%

3%

Construction

195

4%

6%

Manufacturing

965

22%

14%

Wholesale trade

210

5%

5%

Retail trade

350

8%

11%

Finance and real estate

130

3%

7%

Health care and social services

325

7%

9%

Educational services

235

5%

7%

Business services

625

14%

20%

Other services

585

13%

18%

                                            Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, 2006



Access to Major Markets

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

South-West Oxford 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

-

40 minutes

Sarina

-

1 hour 40 minutes

Stratford

-

50 minutes

Toronto

-

1 hour 50 minutes

Buffalo

-

2 hours 50 minutes

Detroit

-

3 hours 10 minutes