City grew by 375 people since 2006

By Greg Kielec The city of Cornwall has grown over the past five years, but only by a mere 375 residents, according to the latest census from Statistics Canada. Cornwall had a population of 46,340 in 2011, an increase of 0.8 per cent more than the 45,965 people who called the city home in 2006. The city fared better, although only mar- ginally than the United Counties of Stor- mont, Dundas and Glengarry lie to the north, east and west of Cornwall. The pop- ulation of the United Counties grew to 111,164 in 2011 from 110,399, an increase of 0.7, according to figures from Statistics Canada. The local growth rate is significantly lower than the national average over the past five years, according to census date. The popu- lation of Canada increased 5.9 per cent be- tween the 2006 and 2011 censuses, compared with a 5.4 per cent increase dur- ing the previous five-year period. Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger said in a re- lease posted on the Choose Cornwall web- site that the growth increase is a positive sign. “It’s encouraging to see the number in- crease,” said Kilger. “Our objective is to con- tinue to develop strategies to continue that Population now 46,340, according to census data from Statistics Canada

Kilger said residents can also help by being more confident and optimistic about their hometown, which will help spread the word about the city’s positive elements. Team Cornwall, a group of over 400 goodwill am- bassadors, has an important role to play in this regard. “It is interesting that according to the cen- sus the number of dwelling units in Corn- wall increased by 3.7 per cent from 2006 to 2011,” said Stephen Alexander, manager of planning and recreational services. “Cornwall offers a very good mix of urban and recreational amenities and that, com- bined with new residential developments such as the Cotton Mill Lofts, should help attract new residents,” he said. On a regional scale, the population of the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry grew 0.7 per cent to reach a total of 111,164 people in 2011. Of the six townships that make up S,D, &G, the fastest growing areas were South Dundas at 2.5 per cent, and South Glengarry 2.2 per cent. South Stormont’s growth rate was 0.8 per cent, the same as Cornwall’s. The population across Ontario grew at a rate of 5.9 per cent, according to Stastics Canada figures. The population of Canada increased 33.4 million people, growing faster than any G8 nation, the census also re- vealed. The statistics released last week are from the first round of data gathered during the 2011 census. More detailed information is expected in the second quarter of 2012. Follow @gkielec on Twitter. For breaking news, go to and click on The Journal. Email

Special photo A screen shot of the Choose Cornwall website shows children playing soccer. The city will continue using the website to promote Cornwall in light of figures showing the city grew by only 375 residents the past five years.

“The website is an im- portant part of our strategy.” The website provides information on local employment opportu- nities, and includes a section for new resi- dents on moving to Cornwall. The city has worked in recent years to pro- mote some of the key benefits of living in Cornwall. They include affordable housing costs and big-city amenities such as St. Lawrence College and the Cornwall Com- munity Hospital.

pattern of growth in the future.” Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau noted that new jobs created by com- panies like Shoppers Drug Mart and Target will help bring in new residents. Hundreds of new jobs are expected to be created in Cornwall’s logistics sector in 2012 and 2013. “We will be stepping up our efforts to at- tract new residents, and provide assistance where possible to local companies and their job recruitment efforts,” said Mr. Boileau.

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