At just under 800 kilometres from Ottawa, Windsor West is a seven-and-a-half-hour drive to Parliament Hill.
The Detroit River, which is divided by the Canadian-American border, spans the length of the whole city.
Around 30% of the population identify as first-generation immigrants to Canada. The largest shares have emigrated from Italy, closely followed by China, then India, Iraq, and Lebanon.
Arabic is the most common non-official language, followed by Italian.
The average individual income in the riding is $33,458 while the median income is $23,812.
With Windsor’s downtown found in the riding, residents have access to numerous bars and a casino. Also here is the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which links the downtown cores of both cities.
The City of Windsor offers residents access to a combination aquatic training centre and water park along with community sports, day camps, the Lakeview Park Marina and tennis, skating, picnic, and special events facilities.
Windsor West is home to the two busiest Canada-U.S. border crossings, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge. The latter, in fact, is the busiest border crossing in all of North America. Almost $500 million in trade crosses the bridge daily, and 25% of all Canada-U.S. merchandise trade is found here.
Manufacturing employs the largest number of people in this riding, followed by health care and social assistance, and the retail trade.
Almost 50% of the workforce has a post-secondary education of some kind, and in 2011 the unemployment rate was 13.2%.
Windsor West is home to the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve, which has the most rare plants per hectare of any park in Ontario.
The city also has an environmental master plan and community energy plan to tackle pollution, environmental awareness, ecosystem health, water quality and watershed planning and urban forestry among a number of other issues.
The modern-day City of Windsor includes the former municipalities of Windsor, Sandwich, East Windsor and Walkerville, which joined to form the City of Windsor in 1935. Over the years the city annexed more municipalities, including the planned company town of Ojibway, which was started by the Canadian Steel Corporation.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
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