Whitchurch-Stouffville is growing rapidly. In 2011, we were the second-fastest-growing community in Ontario, and the third-fastest in Canada. That alone is one of the town’s most important strengths.
At the end of 2015, the population of Whitchurch-Stouffville was estimated to be 45,335. This marks an 89.5 per cent increase in population since 2006. The median age is 40 years (two years lower than the provincial average) and the population growth rate between now and 2020 is projected to be 38.3 per cent – all while Ontario is estimated to be 5.7 per cent. The 2020 projected population of Whitchurch-Stouffville is 70,467 with over 17,500 households.
The town also has a diverse local economy – with a workforce of over 26,000 people. Strengths include knowledge-based industries, manufacturing, building and construction, as well as agriculture and tourism.
Being so close to other major urban areas is a huge asset for the town. Major transportation and communication routes run through Whitchurch-Stouffville, directly connecting the town to areas within York Region, the GTA and internationally. GO Transit and local York Region bus service provide constant and reliable transportation. And the town is only a 35-minute drive to Toronto.
Whitchurch-Stouffville is becoming more urbanized, while retaining its rural roots – offering the best of both worlds. Owing to the area’s natural beauty and recreational assets, the town has strong tourist attractions, including the York Region Forest, Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area and many other sites spread across the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Lebovic Centre for the Arts and Entertainment, 19 on the Park, and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre are the local hubs of cultural activity. The town is also blessed with three local wineries.
Most of the town is located within the greenbelt, which includes the Oak Ridges Moraine. While the town is known for its beautiful setting, industry-based activities such as agriculture and aggregate extraction help drive the local economy.
There is something for everyone in Whitchurch-Stouffville – country life, city life and everything in between, not only for residents, but also for businesses and visitors.