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Location of County of Brant in Ontario
For the defunct provincial electoral district known as "Brant County", see Brant (provincial electoral district).

The County of Brant (2006 population 34,415) is a single-tier municipality and a census division in the Canadian province of Ontario. Despite its name, it is not a county by the standard definition, as all municipal services are handled by a single level of government. The county has service offices in Burford, Paris and St. George.

It is a small, predominantly rural municipality in Southern Ontario, approximately 100 kilometres southwest of Toronto. It is bordered by the Region of Waterloo, the City of Hamilton, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, and Oxford County.

Geographically, the city of Brantford is surrounded by the County of Brant. In Statistics Canada's census data, the Brant census division also includes Brantford and the Six Nations and New Credit reserves, although none of these is part of Brant's municipal government. The census division of Brant, inclusive of all four distinct municipalities, had a population of 125,099 in the 2006 census.

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Communities

The primary centres in Brant are Paris, St. George and Burford. Smaller communities in the municipality include Bishopsgate, Burtch, Cainsville, Cathcart, East Oakland, Etonia, Fairfield, Falkland, Glen Morris, Gobles, Harley, Harrisburg, Hatchley, Langford, Lockie, Maple Grove, Middleport, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, New Durham, Newport, Northfield, Northfield Centre, Oakland, Onondaga, Osborne Corners, and Scotland.

Historical townships

Brant County Courthouse

Brant County was formed in 1852. It had previously been part of Wentworth & Oxford County.

  • Brantford Township (Brantford, Paris, Mount Pleasant, Cainsville), Area 71,122 acres. First settlement made before 1810. The township was organized in 1840.
  • Burford Township (Burford, Scotland), Area 71,122 acres. First of the midland townships to have settlers. Surveyed in 1793, four families settled on the land before 1800.
  • Oakland Township (Scotland, Oakland), Area 10,676 acres. Originally called the Townsend Gore, then the Burford Gore, but organized a separate municipality in 1850.
  • Onondaga Township (Onondaga, Middleport), Area 20,613 acres. First settled in 1838. The formal surrender of the township by the Indians did not take place until 1839.
  • South Dumfries Township (Paris, St. George, Glen Morris), Area 46,265 acres.
  • Tuscarora Township (Six Nations Indian Reserve, New Credit Indian Reserve), created in 1784.

Source: Province of Ontario -- A History 1615 to 1927 by Jesse Edgar Middletown & Fred Landon, copyright 1927, Dominion Publishing Company, Toronto

Local organizations

Local organizations include the Kinsmen Club of Brantford.

The County of Brant Public Library is the public library serving the communities in the county of Brant, Ontario, Canada. It has 5 branches located in Paris, Burford, Scotland, St. George, and Glen Morris, Ontario. The system's main branch, in Paris, Ontario, was originally a Carnegie Library, having received an endowment from Carnegie in 1902. In 2007 the County of Brant Public Library circulated over 218,000 items and hosted over 107,000 in-person visits. The library’s new website was also launched in 2007 and received over 43,000 virtual visits.

Album of Honour

War Monument in Brantford, Ontario

The Album of Honour for Brant County is a book compiled in 1946 by the Kinsmen Club of Brantford to commemorate those of Brantford, the County of Brant and the peoples of the Six Nations who served Canada during the Second World War. [1] The book lists the names of the Brant County men and women who served in World War II. There are more than 3,500 photographs. In addition, local companies provided the names of employees who served in this war. The book is kept on the Digital Archives Page at the Brantford Public Library. [2]

Demographics & geography

According to the Canada 2006 Census:[3]

Population: 34,415 (5.6% from 2001)
Land area: 1,092.95 km2 (421.99 sq mi)
Population density: 114.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (297 /sq mi)
Median age: N/A (males: population 15,845, females: population 15,845)
Total private dwellings: 49,655
Dwellings occupied by permanent residents: 48,016
Median household income: $N/A
N/A = Data Not Available

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