Canada is divided into 10 provinces and three territories. Ontario is one of the provinces.
Ontario is further divided into counties. Middlesex is one of the counties and has eight municipalities with London as the largest city within its boundaries.
London is Ontario’s sixth largest city, with a population of 381,000. London is also called the ‘Forest City’ by its residents. Opportunities are plentiful for newcomers. The city offers work opportunities, education, culture, dining, shopping and fun for the family. But because it’s not a really large city, it’s friendly and easy to get around.
The title ‘Forest City’ refers to the dense forest that covered the City of London during the years immediately after settlement. As the residents cleared the land for development, many trees were cut down. Steps were taken as early as 1851 to replant and preserve the local trees. Today, the practice is continued by ReForest London, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing London’s environment.
The 2015-2019 Strategic Plan for the City of London, speaks to ‘Growing Our Economy’ as one of the areas of focus to strengthen London’s workforce. To address this need, the Choose London – Innovative, Vibrant and Global: London’s Newcomer Strategy was developed. This Strategy identifies three strategic priorities: Enhance Awareness, Facilitate Access and Active Engagement. Visit the City of London's website to learn more about London's Newcomer Strategy.
About Middlesex County
Middlesex County has both agricultural and urban features. Its abundant farm fields give way to charming villages. The possibilities to work or live on a farm or small town give newcomers options for jobs. Many housing options are available, as well.
With a population of 73,000 (according to 2011 census), Middlesex County has 2061.424 km square kilometres of land and is bordered by Huron and Perth Counties.
These videos aired on Rogers TV from Sept 13, 2016 to Jan 31, 2017 for the 'We are Middlesex' series. Click on each name below to learn more about these communities.
Both are located close to Toronto – the nation’s largest city – and close to the U.S. border, bringing everything within easy reach to this region.
Three of the Great Lakes are located within a 100-kilometre drive which means, there are economic and recreational opportunities close by.
London and Middlesex County feature great work opportunities, fun recreational and leisure activities for the whole family and an excellent quality of life for residents. Newcomers will find much to bring them to London and Middlesex and even more to keep them here.
Here are some websites to give you more information about London and Middlesex County: