UXBRIDGE: Residents of Uxbridge were presented with three preliminary options for possible new ward boundaries in the township, at a public meeting on Wednesday, March 22nd.
Dr. Robert J. Williams was retained by the township last year to conduct a ward boundary review. He presented three options to residents, at the meeting, which all included three urban wards and two rural wards. The Township currently has two urban wards and three rural wards.
“The population of the Township has increased gradually since amalgamation, but that growth has tended to cluster in the Uxbridge urban area; as a result, by the time of the 2016 federal census, the disparity in the population across the five wards was plainly evident,” Dr. Williams wrote in a discussion paper.
According to the 2016 census, the ward with the highest population is ward 4, with 6,295 residents. Second highest is Ward 5, with 5,750 residents. Ward 1 has a population of 3,483 residents, Ward 2 has 2,769 residents and Ward 3 has 2,879.
According to Dr. Williams, the ideal ward population for balanced representation is 4,235.
The clerk’s department will be accepting feedback on the ward boundary review until Wednesday, April 12th.
For more information on the three options presented by the Township’s consultant, and to leave feedback, go to town.uxbridge.on.ca/ward_boundary_review_public_input_wanted.