Our Township offers businesses the perfect community to grow and strengthen their operations. The Township has great potential for developing new industry; from our educated workforce to our close proximity to urban amenities and surrounding cities such as Guelph and Cambridge.
With the assistance of the County of Wellington, our vision is to provide assistance to local companies for developing their businesses. In recent years, we have welcomed Nestlé Waters Canada, Maple Leaf Foods warehouse, Mammoet, the expansion of GO Transit and many other commercial and industrial organizations.
We celebrate growth by ensuring that the needs of the community are met and that businesses have the foundation they need to be successful. The Township is thriving and will continue to showcase its historic, prosperous, and sustainable lifestyle.
For more information about the Township’s investment profile, visit the County of Wellington’s economic development profile.
Demographics and Statistics
The Township’s population consists of urban and rural communities. As of the 2016 Census, the population of the Township of Puslinch was 7,336.
The median age for the population of Puslinch is 49.5 years of age based on the 2016 Census.
The Township’s population is anticipated to reach approximately 8,564 by 2024 and 9,808 by 2034 as per the Township’s Development Charges Study.
To meet the forecasted population target, housing growth in the Development Charges Study has been assigned to the following urban settlement areas over the 20-year forecast period:
- Aberfoyle – 6%
- Morriston – 4%
- Rural – 90%
The Township has a current inventory of 378 lane kilometers of roads under the jurisdiction of the Township with:
- 106 lane kilometers of gravel roads
- 272 lane kilometers of paved roads
When applied to the forecast growth to 2023, a maximum development charge-eligible cost of $13.1 million could be expected to meet the future increase in needs for service related to Township roads.
Bridges and Culverts
The Township also maintains 23 bridges and major culverts.
When applied to the forecast growth to 2023, a maximum development charge-eligible cost of $1.4 million could be expected to meet the future increase in needs for service related to Township roads.
Employment and Development
The employment forecast for Puslinch is defined as the number of jobs in a municipality divided by the number of residents. Key employment sectors include primary, industrial, commercial/ population-related, institutional, and work at home.
The 2011 employment base of 3,180 is comprised of the following sectors:
- 105 primary (approximately 3%);
- 435 work at home employment (approximately 14%);
- 1,863 industrial (approx. 59%);
- 648 commercial/population-related (approximately 20%); and
- 130 institutional (approximately 4%).
Total Employment Growth
Total employment for the Township of Puslinch (excluding No Fixed Place of Work) is anticipated to reach approximately 4,031 by 2024, and 5,029 by 2034.
According to the Township’s forecast demand and available land supply, total employment growth is allocated to the following urban settlement areas over the 2014 to 2034 forecast period:
- Aberfoyle- 2%
- Morriston- 1%
- Rural – 97%