Haldimand County

"Haldimand" redirects here. For former electoral district, see Haldimand (electoral district).
City (single-tier)
Haldimand County

The Grand River Bridge, which carries Argyle St. over the Grand River in Caledonia.
Coordinates: 42°56′N 79°53′W / 42.933°N 79.883°W / 42.933; -79.883Coordinates: 42°56′N 79°53′W / 42.933°N 79.883°W / 42.933; -79.883
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Established 1800 (County)
Restructured 1974 (Regional Municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk)
Amalgamated 2001 (Single-tier municipality)
  Mayor Ken Hewitt
  Governing Body The Council of Corporation of Haldimand County
  MPs Diane Finley (Con)
  MPPs Toby Barrett (Con)
  Land 1,251.57 km2 (483.23 sq mi)
Population [1]
  Total 44,876
  Density 35.9/km2 (93/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span N0A, N1A, N3W
Area code(s) 519, 226, 905, 289, 365
Website www.haldimandcounty.on.ca

Haldimand is a rural city-status single-tier municipality (but called a county) on the Niagara Peninsula in Southern Ontario, Canada, on the north shore of Lake Erie, and on the Grand River. Municipal offices are located in Cayuga.


Haldimand's history has been closely associated with that of the neighbouring Norfolk County. Haldimand was first created as a county in 1800, from a portion of Norfolk. It was named after the governor of the Province of Quebec Sir Frederick Haldimand. In 1844 the land was surrendered by Six Nations to the Crown in an agreement that was signed by the vast majority of Chiefs in the Haldimand tract. The two counties were separate until 1974, when they were reunited as the Regional Municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk.

In 2001, the counties were separated again, but the lower-tier municipalities from the former Haldimand-Norfolk were merged into two single-tier municipalities. Although they both retained the name "county" for historical reasons, each is governed as a single municipality without lower-tier governments. Haldimand was formed through the amalgamation of the former Towns of Haldimand and Dunnville, and the eastern half of the City of Nanticoke.

Beginning in February 2006, a land dispute by native protesters began near Caledonia over a housing development being built on the outskirts of town, which members of the nearby Mohawk Six Nations people claim is rightfully their land.


The population centres in Haldimand are Caledonia, Dunnville, Hagersville, Jarvis and Cayuga. Part of the Six Nations Reserve is within the geographic area of Haldimand County, but is independent of the county. Most of Haldimand is agricultural land, although some heavy industry, including the Nanticoke Generating Station, is located here.

Smaller communities within the municipality are Attercliffe Station, Balmoral, Bodri Bay, Brookers Bay, Byng, Canborough, Canfield, Cheapside, Clanbrassil, Crescent Bay, Decewsville, Empire Corners, Featherstone Point, Fisherville, Garnet, Hoover Point, Kohler, Little Buffalo, Lowbanks, Moulton, Mount Carmel, Mount Healy, Nanticoke, Nelles Corners, Peacock Point, Port Maitland, Rainham Centre, Selkirk, Sims Lock, South Cayuga, Springvale, Stromness, Sweets Corners, Townsend, Willow Grove, Woodlawn Park and York.

The ghost towns of Cook's Station, Cranston, Dufferin, Erie, Indiana Lambs Corners, Lythmore, Sandusk, Upper, Varency, are also located within Haldimand.

Historic townships

Haldimand County area 284,817 acres (1,153 km2) was formed from part of the land grant to the Six Nations in 1783. The County was purchased by treaty and opened for general settlement in 1832. It was first settled by white veterans of Butler's Rangers established there by Joseph Brant. A large number of Germans were among the first settlers.

Source: Province of Ontario -- A History 1615 to 1927 by Jesse Edgar Middleton & Fred Landon, copyright 1927, Dominion Publishing Company, Toronto


Canada census – Haldimand County community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 44,876 (-0.7% from 2006) 45,212 (3.4% from 2001) 43,728 (% from 1996)
Land area: 1,251.57 km2 (483.23 sq mi) 1,251.58 km2 (483.24 sq mi)
Population density: 35.9/km2 (93/sq mi) 36.1/km2 (93/sq mi)
Median age:
Total private dwellings: 19,108 18,386
Median household income:
References: 2011[1] 2006[2] 2001[3]

Population trend:[4]

Ethnocultural statistics

Only ethnic groups that comprise greater than 1% of the population are included. Note that a person can report more than one group.[5]

Local government

The city is within the federal electoral riding of Haldimand—Norfolk and within provincial electoral riding of Haldimand—Norfolk.

Current Mayor: Ken Hewitt[6]

Previous Mayors:


Policing in the county is provided by the Haldimand detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police located in Cayuga.

Fire Services

Fire services in the county is provided by the Haldimand County Fire Department which was created in 2001 following the separation of Haldimand and Norfolk. The department currently consists of 11 stations located strategically throughout the county. With almost 300 firefighters and 40 fire apparatuses, it is one of the largest volunteer fire departments in Ontario. The department consists of;


Highways that travel through Haldimand include: Ontario Highway 3, and Ontario Highway 6.

Protected areas


Notable people from Haldimand

Surrounding Counties

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Haldimand County census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  2. "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  3. "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  4. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  5. "Haldimand County community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  6. "Haldimand contact information page".
  7. http://www.historicplaces.ca/visit-visite/affichage-display.aspx?id=10591 Canadian Register of Historic Places.
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