5 Things to Know About Whitchurch-Stouffville | Know Your Community
1. Whitchurch-Stouffville, by the numbers
- Population: based on the 2016 Canadian Census, the area has a population of 45,837 residents
- Location: the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is located in the Greater Toronto Area, approximately 50 kilometres north of downtown Toronto, 55 kilometres north-east of Toronto Pearson International Airport, and situated in the mid-eastern area of the Regional Municipality of York on the ecologically-sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine
2. The town is on an (environmentally-conscious) growth track
Between the years of 2011 and 2016, Whitchurch-Stouffville’s population grew by just under 22%, which made it the second-fastest growing municipality in York Region. Property growth and development has been on the fast-track in this community also, with the number of private dwellings going from 7,642 in 2001 to a spike of 15,712 in 2016. Projections by the town estimate a population of about 60,600 in 2031, with the community of Stouffville to be responsible for 97% of that future growth.
A community that prioritizes environmentally-conscious development, all future growth in Whitchurch-Stouffville is governed by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, the Greenbelt Protection Act and the Places to Grow Act – all of which relate to controlling urban development from having a negative impact on environmentally sensitive or protected lands. All of this care in future planning aligns with the town’s vision of maintaining “small town tradition between the country and the city”.
3. A solid infrastructure for its residents
- Primary roadways in this town include Highway 48, 407 and 404, extending to a network of interconnected regional roads
- Two major railway lines run through Whitchurch-Stouffville: Canadian National Railway’s primary freight corridor, which links Greater Toronto to Northern Ontario and Western Canada and the rail line formerly known as the Toronto and Nipissing Railway, presently owned by GO Transit, operating passenger service to and from Toronto (this line services passengers out of two stations in Whitchurch-Stouffville)
- Per the 2012 York Region Transit Service Plan, York Region Transit Route #9 and #15 have been merged, with a new route plan for #15 being introduced in 2014, connecting Stouffville to Yonge Street in Richmond Hill, as well as future connection for the GO-Station in Gormley
- GO Transit buses operate in Stouffville, with routes travelling south into Markham and to Union Station in Toronto, and with service to the north toward the Town of Uxbridge
Healthcare and emergency services:
- Markham Stouffville Hospital – this multi-site hospital, first opened in 1990, later expanded by 385,000 sq. ft. and renovated in 2014, serves approximately 400,000 residents within the communities of Markham, Uxbridge, and Whitchurch-Stouffville
- Southlake Regional Health Centre – northern Whitchurch-Stouffville residents have closest access to the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, offering advanced cardiac, cancer and thoracic care
- Whitchurch-Stouffville’s policing is operated by the York Regional Police, who are situated in Number Five District, a new Whitchurch-Stouffville community sub-station
FYI: In August 2010, YRP reported to Whitchurch–Stouffville Town Council that the crime rate in the region was down 7% making it “one of Canada’s safest communities”
4. Endless recreation options for residents
The community of Whitchurch-Stouffville wants its residents to be engaged and get active – and with so many recreational options available, it’s easy to find something for everyone here.
From swimming, fitness programs, skating, camps and more, the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is all about preserving a natural landscape – and supplying its residents with ways to enjoy it.
Of particular note is the community’s 55+ Club – promoting “healthy, active living, fun and friendship” amongst its residents, aged 55 and up. The program includes club membership access, monthly newsletters covering the latest news and events, virtual calendars for program information, local resources and even volunteer opportunities for those looking to get more involved. Beyond the usual recreation options, there are a lot of unique ways to enjoy the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville:
- Willow Springs Winery – a producer of award-winning VQA wines, this beautiful winery is situated atop the Oak Ridges Moraine
- Timber Creek Golf Club – this fun and all-ages friendly complex offers visitors two mini-golf courses, a driving range, batting cages and a cafe
TreeTop Trekking Stouffville – located in Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, TreeTop Trekking Stouffville is an adventure course like no other, taking its guests up into the trees along secured zip-line courses and adventure walks, with programs designed for every age group and skill level
5. From education to employment, Whitchurch-Stouffville has its residents covered
Education Whitchurch-Stouffville offers residents several options for local schools, with the York Region Catholic District School Board and the York Region District School Board being the primary boards of education within the area. The town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is also conveniently located within commuting distance to several high-ranked college and university locations within the Greater Toronto Area.
Just a few of the local school options at the elementary and secondary level:
One private school option available to those in the area is the Royal Cachet Montessori School, offering classes from toddler age to grade 3, with average class sizes of 3 to 8 children.
Business When it comes to investing your business in Whitchurch-Stouffville, the town is full of incentives:
- Location – connected by Highway 404, GO Transit and York Region Transit, close to Highways 407 and 401 and Toronto Pearson International and Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airports
- The community is Canada’s third fastest growing community and second fastest growing municipality in Ontario
- Local available employment at competitive prices compared to other areas of the GTA
- Low taxes
- Constant growth with new infrastructure investments and ongoing future planning make this a community to grow with
- Tourism experiences surrounding arts, culture, heritage, culinary, recreation and sport amongst a natural landscape offer a unique setting for local businesses
A community where strategic ongoing growth is coupled with a focus on protecting the natural surrounding environment, the community of Whitchurch-Stouffville is unique in not only what it can offer its residents, but also limitless in the resources and amenities just within reach for those who live here. The town of Whitchurch-Stouffville truly is one of a kind for those looking for a community to invest and grow with.
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