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Stephen Murray
Economic Development Officer
Municipality of Meaford 
Tel: 519.538.1060 ext. 1220
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The Economic Development Officer (EDO) is part of the CAO's Office and works closely with a range of partners to strengthen the economic position of the Municipality of Meaford.  The EDO is the main staff point of contact for existing and prospective businesses and is available to provide support through the Municipal approval process; provide site selection and support services; provide promotional support and work with you for your expansion or relocation plans as well as property search and local real estate contacts.  

The Municipality of Meaford has a number of key strategies fundamental to our economic development objectives. 

1. Meaford Economic Development Strategey

One of the key strategies is the Meaford Economic Development Strategy (MEDS).  This approach focuses on developing strategies for growing the economic strength and resilience of the Municipality of Meaford. The objective is to create a thriving economic environment in general, and a larger and more diversified tax base.  

There are currently three pillars of economic activity in the Municpality of Meaford: 

• Agri-business
• Tourism
• Retail

The Meaford Economic Development Strategy (MEDS) Final Report is provided: 
icon Meaford Economic Development Strategy (563.08 kB)

The update for the Meaford Economic Development Strategy from 2014 is also available:

icon Meaford Economic Development Strategy Update 2014 (5.25 MB)

A review of the MEDS strategy has been initiated whereby a more focused three year plan will be developed. General background on the process is found at Business Information

2.  Meaford Waterfront Strategy and Master Plan (draft) 

3.  Community Improvement Plan (CIP) 

4.  Heritage Conservation Study and Plan

The Municipality of Meaford also manages a business directory which provides a complimentary listing for local and regional businesses: Business Directory

For more information on ways we can help, please visit the links below: 

Business Services

Key Sectors

Meaford BIA

Grey County 

icon Municipality of Meaford Community Profile (3.66 MB)

Valuable information regarding the Municipality of Meaford can be found on The Government of Canada: Statistics Canada website.

Information below is taken directly from The Government of Canada: Statistics Canada website and is based on "Focus on Geography: 2011 Census".

Census subdivision of Meaford, MU - Ontario

Map of Meaford, MU (shaded in green), Ontario

Map of Meaford, MU

Interactive version of map

Prov. rank

130   
 
Nat. rank
 
357
 

In 2011, Meaford (Municipality) had a population of 11,100, representing a percentage change of 1.4% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 588.61 square kilometres with a population density of 18.9 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Meaford (Municipality) had 4,633 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 4.3%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Meaford (Municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Meaford (Municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) nameCSD typePopulation
20112006% change
South Bruce Peninsula, Ont. T 8,413 8,415    0.0
Grey Highlands, Ont. MU 9,520 9,480    0.4
Chatsworth, Ont. TP 6,437 6,392    0.7
The Blue Mountains, Ont. T 6,453 6,825    -5.5
Georgian Bluffs, Ont. TP 10,404 10,506    -1.0
Owen Sound, Ont. CY 21,688 21,753    -0.3

 

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) nameCSD typePopulation
20112006% change
Milton T 84,362 53,889 A   56.5
Whitchurch-Stouffville T 37,628 24,390   54.3
Ajax T 109,600 90,167   21.6
Brampton CY 523,911 433,806   20.8
Vaughan CY 288,301 238,866   20.7

 

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) nameCSD typePopulation
20112006% change
Thunder Bay, Unorganized NO 5,909 6,585   -10.3
Hearst T 5,090 5,620    -9.4
Dryden CY 7,617 8,195    -7.1
The Blue Mountains T 6,453 6,825    -5.5

 

Age and sex

Meaford, MU – Age distribution

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Table 4 Meaford, MU – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groupsBoth sexesMalesFemales
0 to 14   13.1%   14.3%   11.9%
15 to 64   63.2%   63.6%   62.8%
65 and over   23.7%   22.2%   25.2%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Meaford, MU was   23.7%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 63.2% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 13.1%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.

 

Meaford, MU – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Meaford, MU – Population by broad age groups, sex and population change between 2006 and 2011, 2006 to 2011 censuses
Broad age groups by sexPopulation
20112006change% change
Both sexes
Total 11,100 10,945 155    1.4
0 to 14 1,455 1,575 -120    -7.6
15 to 64 7,010 7,155 -145    -2.0
65 and over 2,635 2,210 425   19.2
Males
Total 5,395 5,415 -20    -0.4
0 to 14 770 820 -50    -6.1
15 to 64 3,430 3,560 -130    -3.7
65 and over 1,200 1,035 165   15.9
Females
Total 5,700 5,530 170    3.1
0 to 14 680 760 -80   -10.5
15 to 64 3,580 3,600 -20    -0.6
65 and over 1,435 1,180 255   21.6

 

Meaford, MU – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Meaford, MU – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groupsBoth sexesMalesFemales
Total - Age groups 11,100 5,395 5,700
0 to 4 years 460 235 220
5 to 9 years 445 240 205
10 to 14 years 550 295 255
15 to 19 years 655 335 320
20 to 24 years 605 320 290
25 to 29 years 455 230 225
30 to 34 years 455 225 230
35 to 39 years 465 225 245
40 to 44 years 585 280 305
45 to 49 years 815 395 415
50 to 54 years 925 420 510
55 to 59 years 1,015 480 535
60 to 64 years 1,040 525 515
65 to 69 years 795 400 395
70 to 74 years 650 330 320
75 to 79 years 485 220 270
80 to 84 years 355 155 200
85 years and over 355 105 250
Median age 50.4 49.1 51.4

 

Meaford, MU – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Meaford, MU was 50.4 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 7 Canada, Ontario and Meaford, MU – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
 Median age
20062011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Meaford, MU 46.7 50.4
 

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Meaford was 3,495, which represents a change of 3.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.

In Meaford, 75.7% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 12.6% were common-law-couples and 11.7% were lone-parent families.

Meaford – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Ontario, CSD of Meaford, MU and neighbouring census subdivisions – Distribution of census families by family structure, 2011 Census
Geographic nameTotal familiesMarried-couple familiesCommon-law-couple familiesLone-parent families% change, census families, 2006 to 2011
number%number%number%
Canada  9,389,695 6,293,950 67.0 1,567,905 16.7 1,527,840 16.3   5.5
Ontario  3,612,205 2,612,890 72.3 394,670 10.9 604,645 16.7   5.5
Meaford, MU 3,495 2,645 75.7 440 12.6 410 11.7   3.9
South Bruce Peninsula, T 2,635 1,965 74.6 365 13.9 310 11.8   0.2
Grey Highlands, MU 2,850 2,155 75.6 380 13.3 315 11.1   -0.3
Chatsworth, TP 1,980 1,520 76.8 260 13.1 195   9.8   1.8
The Blue Mountains, T 2,045 1,640 80.2 220 10.8 180   8.8   -1.0
Georgian Bluffs, TP 3,380 2,785 82.4 340 10.1 255   7.5   2.4
Owen Sound, CY 5,980 3,915 65.5 900 15.1 1,170 19.6   -0.8

 

Meaford – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Meaford,  35.0% were couples with children aged 24 and under at home. In comparison, as a whole, 46.9% of couples in Canada had children aged 24 and under at home.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 915
Married couples without children * 1,730
Common-law-couples with children * 160
Common-law-couples without children * 280

 

Meaford – Marital status

In Meaford, 64.9% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (55.8%) or living with a common-law partner (9.2%).

The remaining 35.0% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.

Note: Percentages may not total 100 percent due to random rounding.

 
Table 9 Canada, Ontario, Meaford, MU – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital statusMeaford, MUOntarioCanada
number%number%number%
Total - Population 15 years and over 9,650 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 6,265 64.9 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 5,385 55.8 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 885   9.2 791,210   7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 3,380 35.0 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,910 19.8 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 245   2.5 319,805   3.0 698,245   2.5
Divorced 510   5.3 593,730   5.6 1,686,035   6.0
Widowed 715   7.4 613,880   5.8 1,584,525   5.7

 

Meaford – Types of private households

There were 4,635 private households3 in Meaford in 2011, a change of 4.3% from 2006.  Of these, 22.9% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of  -10.9% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Meaford, MU – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4Meaford, MUOntarioCanada
number%number%number%
Total private households 4,635 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children aged 24 and under at home5 1,060 22.9 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children aged 24 and under at home6 1,980 42.7 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 380   8.2 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,105 23.8 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 40   0.9 128,660   2.6 268,060   2.0
Other households9 75   1.6 181,500   3.7 543,340   4.1

 

Meaford – Structural type of dwelling

In Meaford, 83.6% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.0% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Ontario, Meaford, MU – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwellingMeaford, MUOntarioCanada
number%number%number%
Total - Structural type of dwelling 4,635 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,875 83.6 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 60 1.3 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 230 5.0 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 390 8.4 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 60 1.3 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 10 0.2 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 10 0.2 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

 

Language

Meaford, MU – Mother tongue

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Chart J description: Meaford, MU - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Note: Counts for mother tongue as well as those for language spoken most often at home include single responses only.

In Meaford, 93.7% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.1% reported French only, and 4.9% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 68.2% for English only, 3.9% for French only and 25.7% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 98.4% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 0.7% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 79.0% for only English, 2.2% for only French and 14.4% for only a non-official language.

 

Table 12 Meaford, MU – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census

Selected languagesMother tongueLanguage spoken most often at home
number%number%
Total 10,910 100.0 10,910 100.0
English 10,220 93.7 10,740 98.4
French 115   1.1 35   0.3
Non-official language 530   4.9 80   0.7
Multiple responses 45   0.4 60   0.5
Table 13 Meaford, MU – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongueMother-tongue retention12 (in percentage)
Total retention; language spoken at home at least on a regular basisComplete retention; language spoken most often at homePartial retention; language spoken at home on a regular basis
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
English 99.9 99.9   0.0
French 46.2 26.9 19.2
Non-official language 47.8 20.4 27.4

 

Meaford, MU – Non-official languages

In Meaford, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.6%), Dutch (1.0%) and Italian (0.3%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Italian (2.1%), Chinese, n.o.s. (1.6%) and Cantonese (1.5%).

Table 14 Meaford, MU – The most common non-official-language mother tongues, 2011 Census
Mother tongueNumberPercentage of non-official language mother-tongue populationPercentage of total population
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
German 180 31.6   1.6
Dutch 110 19.3   1.0
Italian 30   5.3   0.3
Danish 25   4.4   0.2
Polish 25   4.4   0.2

 

Meaford, MU – Bilingualism

Table 15 Meaford, MU – Rate of English-French bilingualism by mother tongue and age groups, 2011 Census
Age groupsMother tongue
TotalEnglishFrenchNon-official language
Note: Counts for mother tongue include single responses only. Consequently, the total excludes multiple responses.
Total   6.3   5.4 78.3   6.6
0 to 19 11.4 10.7 100.0 25.0
20 to 44   7.4   6.9 80.0   8.3
45 to 64   4.5   3.3 87.5   9.8
65 and over   3.4   2.3 83.3   4.1
Table 16 Meaford, MU – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languagesNumberPercentage
Total 10,910 100.0
English only 10,200 93.5
French only 0   0.0
English and French 695   6.4
Neither English nor French 10   0.1

Symbols:

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not applicable
excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements. For further information, refer to Notes.
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement.  For further information, refer to Notes.
A
adjusted figure due to boundary change. For further information, refer to Content considerations.
E
use with caution. For further information, refer to Cautionary note.
 Note(s):
  1. Median age: Age 'x' that divides a population in two groups of the same population size, one group being older than age 'x' and the other group being younger than age 'x'.
  2. Census family: Refers to a married couple (with or without children), a common-law couple (with or without children) or a lone parent family.
  3. Household, private: Refers to a person or a group of persons (other than foreign residents) who occupy a private dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada.
  4. Household type: Refers to the basic division of private households into family and non-family households. Family household refers to a household that contains at least one census family, that is, a married couple with or without children, or a couple living in common-law with or without children or a lone parent living with one or more children.
  5. Couple-family households with children: Refers to couple households with at least one child aged 24 and under.
  6. Couple-family households without children: Refers to couple households without children aged 24 and under. Includes couple households with all children aged 25 and over.
  7. Lone-parent-family households: Refers to all lone-parent family households regardless of age of children.
  8. Multiple-family households: Refers to a household in which two or more census families (with or without additional persons) occupy the same private dwelling.
  9. Other households: Refers to two or more people who share a private dwelling, but who do not constitute a census family.
  10. Other single-attached house: A single dwelling that is attached to another building and that does not fall into any of the other categories, such as a single dwelling attached to a non-residential structure (e.g., a store or a church) or occasionally to another residential structure (e.g., an apartment building).
  11. Movable dwelling includes mobile homes and other movable dwellings such as houseboats and railroad cars.
  12. Mother-tongue retention: Retention refers to the situation where people speak their mother tongue at home. Retention is defined as 'complete' when the mother tongue is the language spoken most often and 'partial' when it is spoken on a regular basis but not most often. The (complete or partial) retention rate refers to the proportion of the population with a given mother tongue that speaks that language at home most often or on a regular basis. The retention rate provides an indication of a group's linguistic vitality, particularly the importance of transmitting languages between generations.

Source:

Statistics Canada. 2012. Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-310-XWE2011004. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2011 Census. Last updated October 24, 2012.