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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mayor of Bradford

On behalf of our Town Council, welcome to Bradford West Gwillimbury. 

Bradford West Gwillimbury has a proud past and an exciting future. In 1991, the Town of Bradford amalgamated with the Township of West Gwillimbury and the Hamlet of Bond Head to become the municipality we know affectionately as BWG. However, our story goes back further than that, with Bradford first surveyed in 1791, and becoming a village in 1857. The Hamlet of Bond Head was established in 1837, becoming a small but busy community with man​y businesses, hotels and famous residents such as Sir William Osler, considered by many to be the father of modern medicine. 

BWG is a great place to live. We have fantastic parks and trails, a state-of-the-art leisure centre, a beautiful new library, and quality arenas, soccer fields and baseball diamonds. We are always investing to improve our recreation offerings, and recently approved the master plan for a new 97-acre multi-use park. Our many service clubs, seniors’ groups, faith communities and sports teams work to foster a sense of community for all ages.

Our town is also a great place to work, with industrial plants, small businesses, agriculture and commercial stores benefiting from great transportation access to the Greater Toronto Area by highway and GO transit, serviced land opportunities, reliable infrastructure and our talented local workforce. If you are interested in opening a business or investing in a new commercial or industrial development, our Economic Development Department and I would love to hear from you and to work with you to create jobs and economic growth.

Your Town Council prides itself on being open and transparent, collaborative and fiscally responsible. BWG's Council includes myself as mayor, a deputy mayor and seven ward councillors. I encourage you to join us at any of our Council meetings, which are held at the BWG Library and Cultural Centre on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The Town also operates numerous committees that residents are encouraged to join.

Our welcoming community, lush and beautiful farmland — including the Holland Marsh, “the carrot capital of Canada” — breathtaking forests, rivers and other natural heritage, and our friendly local businesses will make you feel at home, whether you’re coming to visit, looking to move here or aiming to open a new business. Please be in touch!


Bradford,is in the Metropolitan Borough of the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, in the foothills of the Pennines 8.6 miles (14 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.

Bradford forms part of the West Yorkshire Urban Area conurbation which in 2001 had a population of 1.5 million and is the fourth largest urban area in the United Kingdom with the Bradford subdivision of the aforementioned urban area having a population of 528,155.

Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the earliest industrialised settlements, rapidly becoming the "wool capital of the world". The area's access to a supply of coal, iron ore and soft water facilitated the growth of Bradford's manufacturing base, which, as textile manufacture grew, led to an explosion in population and was a stimulus to civic investment; Bradford has a large amount of listed Victorian architecture including the grand Italianate City Hall.

The textile sector in Bradford fell into decline from the mid-20th century. Since this time, Bradford has emerged as a tourist destination, becoming the first UNESCO City of Film with attractions such as the National Media Museum, Bradford City Park, the Alhambra theatre and Cartwright Hall. However, Bradford has faced similar challenges to the rest of the post-industrial area of Northern England, including deindustrialisation, social unrest and economic deprivation.

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