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Regional Municipality of Halton
Halton Region
—  Regional Municipality  —
Halton Region's location within Ontario.
Country Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Province Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario
Established (County) 1816
Established (Regional Municipality) 1973
 - Regional Chair Gary Carr
 - Total 967.17 km2 (373.4 sq mi)
Population (2006)From Statistics Canada
 - Total 439,526
 - Density 454.45/km2 (1,177/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website The Regional Municipality of Halton online

The Regional Municipality of Halton, or Halton Region, (2006 Population 439,526) is a regional municipality of Ontario, Canada located in Southern Ontario in the southwest part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and until 1973 was known as Halton County. It comprises the city of Burlington and the towns of Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills and is policed by the Halton Regional Police Service. The region's headquarters are located in Oakville. Before 1973, the county seat was Milton.

The town of Oakville and the city of Burlington make up the largely urban area to the south, while the towns of Milton and Halton Hills to the north are significantly more rural despite the presence of growing urban areas. Urbanization in the neighbouring Peel Region have made urban areas in the GTA contiguous all the way to the City of Toronto as is visible on satellite images of the GTA and the Golden Horseshoe.

Halton region experienced a growth rate of 17.1% between the 2001 and 2006 census, giving it one of the highest growth rates in the country. Despite the unprecedented growth in residential development in Halton, agriculture and protected lands along the Niagara Escarpment are still the predominant land uses.



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Halton has been ranked by Maclean's national crime ranking report as being the "safest place to live" in the Greater Toronto Area, and one of the top 5 in Canada.[1]

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Coordinates: 43°27′23″N 79°52′29″W / 43.456299°N 79.874833°W / 43.456299; -79.874833



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