Shelburne, Ontario

Shelburne (2016 population 8,126) is a town in Dufferin County, Ontario, Canada, is located at the intersection of Highway 10 and Highway 89. Shelburne is best known for the Annual Canadian Championship Fiddling Contest that is held each August.[3]

Town of Shelburne
Shelburne's Town Centre, at the intersection of Highway 89 and Highway 10
Shelburne's Town Centre, at the intersection of Highway 89 and Highway 10
A people place - A change of pace
Shelburne within Dufferin County
Shelburne within Dufferin County
Shelburne is located in Southern Ontario
Shelburne within Dufferin County
Coordinates: 44°05′N 80°12′W / 44.083°N 80.200°W / 44.083; -80.200Coordinates: 44°05′N 80°12′W / 44.083°N 80.200°W / 44.083; -80.200
Country Canada
Province Ontario
SettledEarly 1860s
IncorporatedMarch 22, 1879 (village)
IncorporatedDecember 31, 1976 (town)
 • MayorWade Mills [1]
 • Deputy MayorSteven Anderson [1]
 • Councillors
 • Federal ridingDufferin—Caledon
 • Land6.44 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
 • Total8,126
 • Density907.1/km2 (2,349/sq mi)
 2016 Canada census
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
Various L9V & L0N 1S0
Area code(s)519 and 226
Highways Highway 89
 Highway 10
 Highway 24


In the early 1860s, the founder of the town Shelburne, William Jelly, found his way through the bushes to choice lots in Melancthon and built several cabins in the area.

As Melancthon began developing in the late 1840s, the construction of the Toronto-Sydenham Road (now Highway 10) began and led to settlers moving into the Shelburne area in the 1860s. In 1865, William Jelly established the British Canadian Hotel. A post office was built shortly after, named after the Earl of Shelburne. Rapid economic growth followed and the population increased from 70 villagers in 1869 to 750 villagers in 1877, due to the new railways that were built. Shelburne was incorporated as a town in 1877.


According to the 2016 Canada Census:[4]

  • Population: 8,126
  • 2011 to 2016 Population Change (%): 39%
  • Number of Dwellings: 2,787
  • Density (Population/km²): 1,238.1
  • Land Area (km²): 6.44

Population trend:[5]

2001 population is 4,213 when adjusted for the boundary change that was made between 2001 and 2006.
Canada 2016 Census Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Black 750 9.5
South Asian 390 4.9
Filipino 75 0.9
Latin American 60 0.8
Southeast Asian 15 0.2
Other visible minority 115 1.5
Total visible minority population 1,410 17.9
Aboriginal group
First Nations 95 1.2
Métis 80 1.0
Total Aboriginal population 180 2.3
White 6,536 80
Total population 8,126 100


Major local employers have included automotive part manufacturers Johnson Controls (until 2009) and KTH Manufacturing. Other major manufacturing companies include Ice River Springs and Blue Mountain Plastics. An industrial area has been established in the south end of town. Roads have been constructed to provide access to potential industries. The objective of this industrial area is to encourage industrial growth within the town. Shelburne is also home to a small retail sector and many residents commute to Orangeville, Brampton and other centres in the Greater Toronto Area.


Shelburne is part of the Upper Grand District School Board. The town's high school is Centre Dufferin District High School. Elementary schools include Glenbrook Elementary, Hyland Heights Elementary and Centennial Hylands Elementary.

Local governmentEdit

Town Hall

The Town's Council includes the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and five Councillors elected on the basis of one per ward. The members of council elected as of the 2018 Municipal Election [8] are:

Mayor Acclaimed: Wade Mills

Deputy Mayor: Steve Anderson


  • Walter Benotto
  • Lindsay Wegener
  • Shane Hall
  • Kyle Fregan
  • Lynda Buffett

Emergency servicesEdit

The residents of the town are protected by members of the Shelburne Police Service.

Fire protection is provided by the Shelburne and District Fire Department.


The Shelburne Free Press publishes weekly in Shelburne. CFDC-FM 104.9, licensed to and based in Shelburne, broadcasts country music on 104.9, branded as Country 105. The regional weekly Orangeville Banner is also distributed to Shelburne.

Sports teamsEdit

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Certificate of Election Results" (PDF). Town of Shelburne. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  2. ^ a b "Shelburne, Ontario (Code 3522021) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  3. ^ "Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Contest". Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  4. ^ "Shelburne, Ontario (Code3522021) community profile". 2006 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  6. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (8 February 2017). "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Shelburne [Population centre], Ontario and Ontario [Province]".
  7. ^ "Shelburne, Ontario (Code 3522021)". Aboriginal Population Profile 2016 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  8. ^ "Certificate of Election Results" (PDF). Town of Shelburne. Oct 22, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 14, 2018.

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