Brantford is a city located in the southwestern region of Ontario.
With a land area of around 1,000 square kilometres and a population of roughly 93,000 people, it is one of the smaller cities within the province.
Some fun facts about the city include Brantford being the birthplace of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and being the place where the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.
Appropriately, the city is nicknamed "The Telephone City".
Brantford has an unemployment rate of 7.4%, which is below the average unemployment rate across the entire country. Manufacturing is the industry that is currently driving any form of economic growth within the city, and is responsible for providing a majority of the jobs that the residents have.
Currently, there are large efforts being made by the city and its local government to make Brantford more welcoming for small businesses and entrepreneurial investors.
With businesses starting to make a bigger difference in the economic status of Brantford, this is a move that many are hoping will turn Brantford into the powerhouse that it formerly was in the 80s.
The agriculture and life science sectors also play a small role in contributing to economic development.
Nickname(s): "The Telephone City"
Land: 72.47 km2
Land: 1,073.11 km2
There are 15 neighbourhoods within Brantford that can be roughly grouped into the West side and the East side of the city.
On the Eastern side of Brantford, we have the neighbourhoods Echo Place, Eagle Place, East Ward, Downtown, North Ward, Henderson, Mayfair, Greenbier, Fairview, Terrace, Brier Park, Lynden Hills, and the Braneida Industrial Park. These neighbourhoods are far more crowded and host a majority of the city’s major places of employment. Those who want to try their luck with gambling can head on over to the Brantford OLG Casino and place their bets. If you ever find yourself wandering around aimlessly with nothing else to do, head over to one of the many shopping malls! One small caution: Due to the rapid development of new businesses, expect to see a lot of construction taking place during the daytime.
West Brantford contains the following neighbourhoods: Northwest Industrial Area, Golfdale, Holmedale, and West Brant. In sharp contrast to East Brantford, these neighbourhoods are far more rural in nature. This means that you can expect to find numerous rural-based amenities that include outdoor hiking trails, golf courses, local farms that tourists can pay a visit to, national parks that are regularly preserved, and heritage museums. If you have a license or approved supervision, you can also visit one of the local shooting ranges and see how good your aim is. Although these areas are far removed from the busier areas of East Brantford, they are fairly easy to access by car for those who are employed there.
East Brantford includes a very diverse range of homes that are suitable for any kind of living situation. Young professionals who want to save money on a home or establish
themselves in a respectable home will seek out the many apartments available for rental or the low-rise and high-rise condos. Unsurprisingly, these apartments happen to be
situated in close proximity to their place of work. There are also a couple of semi-detached townhomes and fully detached homes that exist around the quieter neighbourhoods, which
is ideal for those who work in downtown but prefer to live in peace and quiet.
Western Brantford tends to offer residential homes that are much larger in size compared to the homes that you will see in Eastern Brantford. Many of the homes here are large-scale bungalows, 3+ bedroom traditional homes, and some mansions located on the most rural outskirts of the city. You can expect to find larger families here or high-net-worth individuals who are interested in having a piece of property within Brantford. It is also worth mentioning that several of these properties have very spacious front yards and back yards. They usually require regular maintenance in order to maintain a presentable appearance.
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Data source: Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) MLS® System/Brantford Regional Real Estate Association Inc. (BRREA) report for 2020/2021.
With respect to post-secondary educational institutions, all you will find here are smaller universities and college. Laurier Brantford for
example, has a very heavy focus on social sciences and the arts. Conestoga College is a technical college that offers some of the same objects
as Laurier Brantford, but places a much heavier emphasis on technology and the skilled trades. Finally, Nipissing University is best known for
its Aboriginal programs that are offered to Natives and First Nation individuals.
Parents looking for a good elementary school (K-8) to send their children towards will be happy to see that there are over 25 schools available. When it comes to the EQAO ranking, there are some stand-out schools that consistently do well year after year. These schools include James Hillier School, Fairview School, Oneida School and Dufferin School. Although EQAO is not the be-all end-all of evaluating academic performance, it is generally regarded as a reliable benchmark when assessing the quality of education at elementary schools in Canada.