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Township of Alfred and Plantagenet

Principal Demographic and Geographic Characteristics 

Information based on the Statscan 2016 census.

Area 391.7 km2
Population More than 9,680
Towns and villages Alfred, Plantagenet, Curran, Wendover, Treadwell, Lefaivre, Pendleton
Predominant language French
Bilingualism (English-French) 70%
Population density 24.7
Average age 43.4
Average total household income 80,930 $

 

On January 1, 1997, the villages of Alfred and Plantagenet, along with the Township of Alfred and the Township of Plantagenet, were merged to form the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet. 

 

Strategic Choice Location

Part of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the Township is advantageously located for residents and businesses alike. 

 

Principal Economic Characteristics

Agriculture

The primary economic engine is agriculture. As with the majority of the townships that make up the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, agriculture makes up a large part of the economic activity within the township of Alfred and Plantagenet. Based on 2001 census data, almost 10% of active residents in the Township are employed by agriculture or related industries. In fact, within the United Counties of Prescott-Russell and based on population percentage, Alfred and Plantagenet has the third highest number of residents employed in agriculture, behind East Hawkesbury and The Nation. Population densities of these three townships (20 residents per km2, 14.5 residents and 16.1 residents respectively), illustrates the importance agriculture related industries play.

The agriculture industry in Eastern Ontario differs considerably from that of the southwest of the province. There is less commercial growing and more dairy farming. In general, the topography and soil are less suited to intensive farming as to dairy farming. This fact is particularly noticeable in the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet where dairy producers are reputed for having the highest daily output across Canada.

With almost 40% of all the farms specialized in dairy production, the dairy industry constitutes the principal activity of overall farming agriculture operations in the region. In 2003, dairy farms of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell delivered 178,095 kilolitres of milk to dairy producers, that being close to 27% of total deliveries in Eastern Ontario. This being said, the region also possesses a number of grain farms.

These farming operations are mostly "family corporations" and are subject to the same constraints dairy farmers face in the rest of Canada (raised prices of milk quotas, the problem regarding succession, the tendency towards consolidation among farms, etc.). The increased price of milk quotas levied by the province has had a profound impact on the industry. Milk quotas represent additional costs that dairy producers must assume to do business and constitute a significant barrier to market.  These raised prices for quotas has encouraged farmers to sell their operations and is the main contributor the increasing consolidation of the agricultural industry. As elsewhere, the last several years the region has seen a decrease in the number of operational farms. In May 2002 there remained 1,048 in operation, a loss of 350 since 1986. Statistics show that from 1991 to 2001, the number of dairy producers decreased by 52% in Ontario. 

The agricultural sector continues to be an important part of the active population total in the region (5.9%) compared to Ontario (3.2%). With 21% of the farms occupying land operating between 240-399 acres of land, the average size of the farms is superior to the provincial average and the value of average sales per farm is also higher than the provincial average. In effect, the average revenue of farms is estimated at 159,639 $ in 2001, which places the region in the top position for Eastern Ontario.

Sources:

"Milk Delivery to the Processing Factories by Counties," Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Ontario, 1998-2003, (kilolitres), January 13, 2004.

Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Ontario), 2004.

"Number of Farms and Data According to the Number of People by Farm, by Province, Agricultural      Region of Census," Statistics Canada, 2001.

 

Manufacturing and Construction

Composed primarily of small and medium sized enterprises, these sectors provided employment for 20% of active residents in 2001.

In total, there are close to 600 companies that are made up of the following; over 350 commercial and industrial companies and approximately 200 agricultural-based companies.  The relatively high number of small and medium sized enterprises constitutes one of Alfred and Plantagenet's greatest strengths.

 

Tourism

The tourism industry is a growing business in the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet. Visit the Things to Do section of our website for more information about activities available in our area.