Wellington County, Ontario

Wellington County
County (upper-tier)
County of Wellington

Coat of arms
Motto: Vision, Valour

Location of Wellington County
Coordinates: 43°45′N 80°24′W / 43.750°N 80.400°W / 43.750; -80.400Coordinates: 43°45′N 80°24′W / 43.750°N 80.400°W / 43.750; -80.400
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County seat Guelph (independent)
  Warden George Bridge
  Land 2,573.26 km2 (993.54 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 86,672
  Density 33.7/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website www.county.wellington.on.ca/
Wellington County Museum in Fergus

Wellington County is a county located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The County, which is made up of two towns and five townships, is predominantly rural in nature. However many of its residents commute to Guelph, Kitchener, Brampton, Mississauga, and even Toronto.


The City of Guelph is part of the Wellington census division, but is separated from Wellington County.


In 1837 by Act of Parliament the new District of Wellington was formed and a court house and jail in the town of Guelph were authorized. In 1840 the county officials received their commissions. The District Council of the County of Wellington was formed and consisted of eighteen municipalities as follows: the town of Guelph, the villages of Fergus, Elora, Mount Forest and Orangeville, and the following historic townships:[2]


Historic population:

Figures below are for the Wellington census division, which combines Wellington County and the City of Guelph.

Canada census – Wellington County, Ontario community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 208,360 (4.0% from 2006) 200,425 (7.0% from 2001) 187,313 (9.3% from 1996)
Land area: 2,660.46 km2 (1,027.21 sq mi) 2,656.66 km2 (1,025.74 sq mi) 2,656.65 km2 (1,025.74 sq mi)
Population density: 78.3/km2 (203/sq mi) 75.4/km2 (195/sq mi) 70.5/km2 (183/sq mi)
Median age: 39.5 (M: 38.6, F: 40.4) 37.8 (M: 36.9, F: 38.8) 36.3 (M: 35.5, F: 37.1)
Total private dwellings: 85,510 79,864 72,055
Median household income:
References: 2011[3] 2006[4] 2001[5]

Community involvement and awards

In October 2008, the County of Wellington was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. and featured in Maclean's newsmagazine.[6] Later that month, the County was recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers and featured in the Guelph Mercury newspaper.[7]

The County of Wellington proudly received the 2015 Employer of Distinction Award at an Award Ceremony presented by the Guelph and District Human Resources Professionals Association in Guelph.

See also

Travel Region

Wellington County is part of the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association and Central Counties of Ontario, two tourism related associations.


  1. 1 2 "Wellington, Ontario (Code 3523) and Ontario (Code 35) (table)". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  2. The Orangeville Banner, March 8, 1951 and, Source: Province of Ontario -- A History 1615 to 1927 by Jesse Edgar Middleton & Fred Landon, copyright 1927, Dominion Publishing Company, Toronto Page 1235
  3. "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  4. "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  5. "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  6. "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition".
  7. "Guelph Mercury, "Wellington County recognized as top employer", October 18, 2008".
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