Lakeshore is a town in southwestern Ontario, Canada, on Lake St. Clair. Its nearest city is Windsor, located in Essex County. The town was incorporated in 1999 by amalgamating the Town of Belle River with the Townships of Maidstone, Rochester, Tilbury North, and Tilbury West.
Lakeshore has a significant concentration of Franco-Ontarians, and is one of only three communities in Southern Ontario (excluding Eastern Ontario) where francophones, as a percentage of the community’s population, exceed the provincial average of five per cent.
Why do people love to live in Amherstburg? Amherstburg is a modern town with old world charm. Amherstburg has the perfect mix of rural and urban settings – a lot of green space but within close proximity to international airports and larger city centers. The Town prides itself on its beautiful parks, access to the waterfront and the splendor of the Detroit River and Lake Erie, where boating and fishing are favourite past times.
A community rich in history, over 200 years old, located on the shoreline of the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Amherstburg boasts a diverse municipality with some of the best agricultural lands, industry, and tourist destinations. The Town also has a very active volunteer base for those that enjoy getting involved in their community.
LaSalle Ontario is a town in Essex County, Ontario, Canada, on the Detroit River. LaSalle’s history and that of Essex County were very much entwined when they were officially identified as part of Upper Canada in 1792. In 1991 residents of LaSalle opted to define themselves as a Town and in turn, immediately became one of the larger communities of Essex County with a population of almost 30,000. LaSalle, along with Windsor, is the oldest French settlement area in Southwestern Ontario, and the oldest continually inhabited European settlements in Canada west of the Quebec border.
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In a region of Ontario with less than 4% tree cover for the entire county, the Town of LaSalle is fortunate to still have a small but significant amount of land area consisting of Carolinian forests, provincially significant wetlands, and tall grass prairie communities. Approximately 7% of all land situated within the corporate limits of the Town of LaSalle (excluding Fighting and Grassy Islands) is wooded and/or contains plant species and wildlife habitat which, from a biological perspective, is considered to be a “natural heritage area”. Natural heritage areas are defined as sites that are relatively undisturbed and which retain some ecological function such as providing habitat for wildlife or contributing to the protection and enhancement of water quality.
Considering historical trends, recent development activity in the Town and the surrounding municipalities, remaining sanitary sewage capacity and land supply, and likely future economic prospects, the most probable forecasts indicate that by the year 2016 the Town’s overall population will be in the range of 32,400 to 44,500. This represents an expected average annual growth rate varying between 2.5-4.0 %.
The age profile of the Town’s population has changed significantly since the early 1970s, with an increase in the number of mature adults and seniors and a corresponding decline in the number of children. The mature adult population increased from 21% in 1971 to 29% in 1991, whereas the school- aged population has decreased from 35 to 24% of the Town’s total population. These shifts are not unexpected, as they are primarily a result of the baby boom generation (individuals born between 1947 and 1966) moving through young adulthood to the 35 to 54 age group.
Windsor’s economy is primarily based on education, manufacturing, tourism, and government services.
Both the University of Windsor and St. Clair College are significant local employers and have enjoyed substantial growth and expansion in recent years. The recent addition of a full-program satellite medical school of the University of Western Ontario, which opened in 2008 at the University of Windsor is further enhancing the region’s economy and the status of the university. The university is currently constructing a $112 million facility for their Engineering Faculty.
Windsor has a well-established tourism industry. Caesars Windsor (formerly Casino Windsor), one of the largest casinos in Canada, ranks as one of the largest local employers. It has been a major draw for U.S. visitors since opening in 1994. Further, the 1,150-kilometre (710 mi) Quebec City – Windsor Corridor contains 18 million people, with 51% of the Canadian population and three out of the four largest metropolitan areas, according to the 2001 Census.
The city also boasts an extensive riverfront parks system and fine restaurants, such as those on Erie Street in Windsor’s Little Italy called “Via Italia”, another popular tourist destination. The Lake Erie North Shore Wine Region in Essex County has enhanced tourism in the region.
Windsor is the headquarters of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, now owned by Pernod Ricard. Its historic distillery was founded by Hiram Walker in 1858 in what was then Walkerville, Ontario.
Windsor is one of Canada’s major automobile manufacturing centres. However, plant closures and significant job losses in recent years have impacted Windsor’s automotive manufacturing industry. The city is home to the headquarters of Chrysler Canada. Automotive facilities include the Chrysler minivan assembly plant, twoFord Motor Company engine plants, and a number of tool and die and automotive parts manufacturers.
The city’s diversifying economy is also represented by companies involved in pharmaceuticals, alternative energy, insurance, internet and software. Windsor is also home to the Windsor Salt Mine and the Great Lakes Regional office of the International Joint Commission.
Windsor was recently listed as the number two large city for economic potential in North-America and number 7 large city of the future in North America according to the FDI North-American cities of the future list. (American Cities of the Future 2011/12)