The City of Brantford Ontario

The city of Brantford, located in Southwestern Ontario, is the 30th largest city in Canada by metropolitan area and 29th largest city in Ontario, both from 2011 census.

Location

The map in Figure 1 shows the geographical location of Brantford. Street names are found by zooming in using the “+” and “-” buttons in the upper left of the map. In the upper right are buttons to switch views between map and satellite imagery.

Figure 1. Interactive location map.

Source: Mapquest.

Underneath the map on the left is a button to open another window with a larger map image in it. This image has easier-to-use controls in the upper right corner.

Demographics

According to City Data, some demographic characteristics of Brantford are:

  • Population: 93,650 in 2011. The population growth rate of 3.8% is below the 2006 – 2011 provincial average of 5.7%.
  • Labour and wages: the participation and employment rates are slightly below provincial averages while the unemployment rate is higher.
  • Language used: English 98%; other 2%.
  • Education: below provincial averages in most categories.
  • Citizenship and immigration: 3.9% aboriginal and 7% visible minorities with South Asians making up 27% and black making up 26% of the latter.

Source: Brantford – City, Ontario, Canada.

Climate

Brantford is in plant hardiness zone 6a (see interactive map; also Plant Hardiness Zone by Municipality, interactive list).

The table Brantford Average Monthly Climate Data & Extremes, has values for many climate parameters (taken from Ontario, Canada Climate Stats).

A large scale map of the zones is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Plant hardiness zones of Southern Ontario (click to enlarge).

 

Source: GEOSCAN.

The table Brantford Average Monthly Climate Data & Extremes, has values for many climate parameters (taken from Ontario, Canada Climate Stats). Selections are:

  • Annual rainfall: 78.0 cm.
  • Annual snowfall: 11.3 cm.
  • Annual precipitation: 99.2 cm.

A survey of Ontario soils has been made over the years. These are collected by county in the table Historical Soil Maps and Reports at the bottom of page Use of Soil and Canada Land Inventory (CLI) Information for Agricultural Land Use Planning in Ontario.

Power

The Public Utilities Commission, now Brantford Power Inc., has been providing electricity distribution since 1935. The company is wholly owned by the city’s Brantford Energy Corporation. Peak electricity demand was approximately 220 megawatts in July 2013.

Annual reports are available online (Reports & Policies) with the latest being the 2014 Annual Report. Conservation & Demand Management (CDM) Annual Reports required by regulators are also available.

Gas

Union Gas provides gas services within the municipality. Head office is in Chatham with district offices in Windsor, Chatham, London, Sarnia, Waterloo, and Brantford in Southwestern Ontario.

Water

The Annual Reports required by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment will be available to the public without charge, beginning March 1st of the following year. Copies of the reports can be obtained via the Internet (link above in this section), City Hall (519-759-1350 Ext. 2365) or the Brantford Water Treatment Plant (519-753-8106 Ext. 5331).

The City’s raw water supply is drawn from the Grand River, treated, chlorinated and fluoridated before distribution. The system is licensed to process up to 100 ML/d.

Actual usage is well below the limit as shown in Figure 1. The report has an annex showing organic and inorganic contaminants.

Figure 1: Raw Water Flows (millions of liters per day)

Brantford water usage

Source: City of Brantford Water System 2014 Annual Report

Medical Facilities

 

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