Centre/Victor Davis Pool and the West End Community Centre boast arenas, gymnasiums and multi-purpose rooms. Guelph residents and their guests also enjoy a myriad of annual events, including the Guelph Spring Festival held every year at the end of May, The Guelph Jazz Festival, John Galt Day, The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, the Downtown 5 km Run, Art on the Street, Winterfest and The Guelph Film Festival. Historical walking tours also take place every Sunday afternoon in the summer. When they’re not at play, Guelphites are hard at work within several of the city’s stable economic sectors. These include research and development, manufacturing, agricultural operations, environmental management and technology as well as service. Among the city’s largest employers are the University of Guelph (that includes internationally renowned institutions such as the Ontario College of Agriculture, the Ontario Veterinary College and TheAboretum, one of the largest and most comprehensive plant collections in Ontario), the hospital and health care centres and numerous large companies and manufacturers. Other community attributes are Stone Road Mall, whose 150 stores and service represent the largest enclosed shopping centre in Guelph and Wellington County, an appealing array of golf courses, farming activities for the whole family and sporting opportunities for children and adults, alike. Guelph has also earned various honours including Canada’s Most Caring Community, one of the top 10 places to live in Canada for four out of five demographic categories and Canada’s safest city from Maclean’s Magazine, Richard Florida (the
director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management) and Statistics Canada, respectively. The city is also undergoing a major transformation of the downtown core and surrounding area courtesy Envision Guelph, the official plan for residential and commercial development, natural and heritage conservation, and the transportation and energy systems. The city’s economic development department is also working on Prosperity 2020, a strategy to enhance Guelph’s position as an excellent place to live, work and invest in, and to continue to grow the city’s talent base. New economic development programs are expected to emerge from this initiative. Another recent initiative is the Guelph Innovation District, a partnership effort from the City and the province designed to support the local economy and create jobs. The district will meet employment and housing targets of Guelph’s growth management strategy and Ontario’s Growth Plan for the Greater Horseshoe by supporting economic activities and jobs with a focus on clean, Green economy and innovation. The city anticipates the district will accommodate 10,000 of the more than 32,000 new jobs projected for Guelph by 2031. As with any growing community in Southwestern Ontario, a long-term vision for transit is a priority. The Transit Growth Strategy is intended to provide a roadmap for growth over the next 20 years, improving inter-city service and connections to GO Transit. With a winning combination of rich heritage and culture, progressive economic and environmental development, it’s no surprise more home builders are setting up shop in Guelph. Reid’s Heritage Homes, Fusion Homes, Claysam Homes and Country Green Homes are just a few developers offering new product, ranging from single-detached homes to bungalows to multiresidential housing. A variety of other companies are active in neighbouring communities.
Guelph at a glance Population
Health services, manufacturing, education sectors Average home prices*
Feb. 2013, $336,053 Feb. 2012, $324,931 Distance from Toronto
70 kilometres, 45 minutes Source Canadian Real Estate Association, other sources may 11 - 25, 2013 | New home & condo guide SWO 35
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