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Centre Wellington is the largest community in Wellington County. Located in southwestern Ontario, between the Waterloo Region and the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, Centre Wellington offers both a small town and rural lifestyle. Providing affordable serviced land and an Economic Development department that guides business through the permitting process, Centre Wellington builds supportive relationships to promote business attraction, retention and expansion. Join other exceptional businesses that call Centre Wellington home.  

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 Community Profile and Quick Facts
 

With access to local and global markets, a robust communication infrastructure, a strong business support network, skilled labour and an unrivalled quality of life, it’s no surprise that people who visit decide to stay. Come for a day, stay a lifetime….

 

Why choose Centre Wellington?

  1. Within 30 kilometres of 3 world class universities (within 125 kilometres of 26 post-secondary schools).
  2. Full fibre connectivity in urban areas.
  3. In the heart of Ontario’s Innovation Corridor (Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto) linking 15,000 tech companies.
  4. Financial incentives and low operating costs for businesses.
  5. Proactive approach to planning and development.
  6. Strong and innovative agricultural businesses and research: 342 active farms and 972 related businesses, 5 University of Guelph agricultural research stations.
  7. High quality of life; exceptional natural beauty, new hospital facility.
  8. Quality skilled local talent base.
  9. Located near the GO Transit Commuter Rail line (Kitchener-Guelph-Toronto).

 

Lifestyle amenities

 

  • Energy & Utilities

    Electricity rates

    Natural gas rates

    Centre Wellington water and sewage rates

    • Customers are billed for wastewater based on the wastewater rate and the amount of water used (in cubic metres) as measured by the installed water meter. This charge covers the cost to collect, transport and treat the sewage. The base monthly charge is based on the water meter size and covers the cost of the water meter, customer service and the billing process. The sewer rate for 2019 is $2.54 per cubic metre.

    Broadband network

    Urban areas of the Township of Centre Wellington have access to a full fibre network to homes and businesses in addition to a full dark fibre network that provides additional opportunities for businesses. Public buildings and the downtown areas in both Fergus and Elora, are fully covered with public access wifi.  Serviced by Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Silo Wireless and Wightman Telecom.

     

    Centre Wellington Quick Facts

     

 Location
 

Distance to Major Centres

URBAN CENTRE

KMS

MINUTES

Guelph

25

24

Kitchener/Waterloo

42

44

Hamilton

74

70

Niagara Falls, ON

137

140

Toronto

104

85

London

146

105

Detroit, MI, USA

202

220

Buffalo, NY, USA

105

124

Chicago, IL, USA

490

7.75 hours

New York, NY, USA

497

8.4 hours

Distance to Canada-US Border Crossings

URBAN CENTRE

KMS

MINUTES

Fort Erie, ON/Buffalo, NY

162

120

Sarnia, ON/Port Huron, MI

244

155

Windsor, ON/Detroit, MI

323

3.5 hours

 

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 airport distances

Rail access:

Guelph Junction Railway provides strategically important short-line freight connections to both national railways, CN Rail and CP Rail.

Water access:

Enjoys proximity to the Great Lakes shipping ports in Hamilton and Toronto and convenient year-round access by rail to ports such as Halifax and Montreal.

Highway access:

Direct highway access from Highway 6 to Highway 401, part of the 400 series highways which connects east and west across Canada and south into the US. 

 

 Demographics

 demographics

 

  • Overall Centre Wellington boasts a prosperous community where residents have a median employment income 13% higher than that of the province.

 

  • The resident labour force that doesn’t live and work in Centre Wellington commutes primarily to Guelph, Mapleton, Wellington North and Kitchener.

Municipality

Total

Centre Wellington, TP

4,790

Guelph, CY

815

Mapleton, TP

370

Wellington North, TP

370

Kitchener, CY

255

Woolwich, TP

165

Guelph/Eramosa, TP

150

Waterloo, CY

150

 

 

  • Centre Wellington’s local workforce boasts higher participation and lower unemployment rates compared to Ontario.

  •  The local economy supports approximately 13,643 jobs. The secondary labour force area sustains approximately 374,107 jobs.

  •  The 2018 average individual income for the Township of Centre Wellington was $52,037, versus $46,227 for Ontario.

  

For a full demographic information https://townfolio.co/on/centre-wellington/overview

 Incentives
 

Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning and economic development tool that establishes a framework for future municipal projects. The CIP also encourages private sector investment within key areas of the Township. The Township explored how to address community improvement more comprehensively and strategically throughout the Urban Centres, including ways to address: Downtown revitalization; Brownfield remediation/redevelopment; Achieving Provincial directives with respect to growth; and local economic development

 

The Township of Centre Wellington is pleased to offer the following financial incentives.

 

Façade, Building and Property Improvement Grant/Loan

May provide up to 50% of the eligible costs by providing an interest free loan and/or grant to a maximum Township contribution of $10,000. If both loans and grants are provided, they will be equally apportioned, meaning the maximum Township contribution for the façade improvement would be a $5,000 interest free loan and a $5,000 grant.

Additional funding may be available under certain conditions and in the Fergus BIA area.

Application form and guideline information 

 

Housing Rehabilitation and Conversion Grant/Loan

May provide up to 50% of the eligible construction costs, to a maximum of $4,000 per unit. If both loans and grants are provided, they will be equally apportioned, with the maximum Township contribution for the rehabilitation or conversion project would be a $2,000 interest free loan and/or a $2,000 grant. Maximum of 2 units are eligible.

Application form and guideline information

 

Contaminated Assessment Study Grant

May provide up to 50% of the cost of to complete one or more eligible contamination assessment studies, to a maximum of $10,000 per property.

Applications for all incentive programs will be reviewed by the Community Improvement Implementation Committee on a first come, first served basis.

Application form and guideline information

 

Contaminated Assessment Study Grant

May provide up to 50% of the cost of to complete one or more eligible contamination assessment studies, to a maximum of $10,000 per property.

Application form and guideline information available in May.

Applications for all incentive programs will be reviewed by the Community Improvement Implementation Committee on a first come, first served basis.

 

Priority Sites

Additional financial incentives such as a Tax Increment Equivalent Grant Program and a Brownfield Financial Tax Assistance Program will be available for properties designated as "Priority Sites" by the Township.

Priority Sites are lands that meet the following criteria:​

  • The site has frontage along the Grand River
  • The site is a known brownfield property
  • A building on the site has significant heritage value
  • The site is vacant or underutilized and has potential for significant development/redevelopment and/or

The site is subject to a proposal that will:

  • Help achieve targets and policies of the Provincial Growth Plan
  • Accommodate significant job growth
  • Achieve exceptional design standards, resulting in increased building costs and/or
  • Help achieve any other local economic development goal or priority, as identified by Township Council.

A list of Priority Sites has been established by Township.

For information on Tax Increment Equivalent Grants and Brownfield Financial Assistance, contact the Economic Development Team.

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