The riding of Wellington—Halton Hills is about 539 kilometres from Ottawa, and takes just over five hours to drive to Parliament Hill.
The Niagara Escarpment, a 725-kilometre ridge that is one of Ontario’s most unique landforms, runs through the riding. A portion of the riding is located within Ontario’s Greenbelt – a large protected area of vegetation and green space that is meant to prevent urban sprawl.
About 14% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Poland.
Majority of the population speaks English as a mother tongue.
Approximately 2% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $56,634.
A largely rural riding, Wellington—Halton Hills has many lakes, rivers, and trails for people to explore and includes the Silver Creek Conservation Area and the Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Belwood Conservation Area and the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. The Town of Halton Hills offers a number of sport facilities, trails, and recreation programs for its residents, additional benefits include several senior centres, a theatre and museums.
The Bruce Trail, which runs along the length of the Niagara Escarpment, is Canada’s oldest footpath. The Trail was named for James Bruce, Governor General of the Province of Canada from 1847 to 1854.
Sectors that employ the most people in Wellington—Halton Hills are manufacturing, retail trade, educational services, health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific and technical services.
Around 54% of the workforce has a postsecondary education of some kind and in 2011 the unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent.
The Niagara Escarpment has over 300 species of birds, 90 species of fish, 53 different species of mammals, and 36 species of reptiles and amphibians. There are also several conservation areas found in the riding.
Wellington County also has several programs aimed at environmental protection including forest conservation, rural water quality and a ‘Green Legacy’ program which provides free trees to residents and community groups to plant and improve the environment.
The riding is home to the Wellington County Museum and Archives, a national historic site. The museum is located in the oldest House of Industry in Canada (a workhouse or “poor house”), which was built in 1877. The archives offer a number indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as programmes and workshops including a heritage skills workshop and the Poor House Spirit and Cemetery Walk.