Milton emerging as fastest-growing community in Ontario

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Milton, ontario may be Canada’s best-kept secret.

Celebrating 160 years since incorporation, the town – named after British poet John Milton – was founded as a mill town and farming community in the 1830s. Today, its attractive mix of historic charm and state-of-the-art facilities, location in the heart of the Toronto-Waterloo  innovation corridor,  and expansive green spaces have made Milton one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada for more than 10 years.

Between the 2006 and 2011 census, the population of Milton grew by an astounding 57 per cent.  With a current population of more than 110,000, the community boasts one of the youngest and most educated workforces in the province. More than 70 per cent of Milton’s residents have completed post-secondary education.

Milton’s proximity to the 400-series highways, rail links, and international airports, as well as the municipality’s commitment to economic development, have all helped drive Milton’s dynamic growth. Milton’s population is expected to reach 235,000 by 2031.

But it’s not all work and no play in Milton, Ontario.

Residents enjoy an enviable quality of life, thanks an abundance of recreational and cultural activities.  

Milton’s Mattamy National Cycling Centre is the only velodrome of its kind in Canada, and one of two in North America that meets top international standards. Built to provide a world-class cycling venue for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, the multi-purpose recreation facility continues to be in high demand for community usage. The fitness studio offers an expansive view of the Niagara Escarpment, recreation programs for all ages and areas of interest fill the

facility, and everyone from novice to high performance cyclists can be seen riding the track. As part of beautiful Halton Region, Miltonians can enjoy nature at its best, hiking or biking through one of the Niagara

Escarpment conservation areas, or hitting the links at one of 8 premier golf courses.

Milton’s vibrant arts and cultural scene is rooted in a community of local artists and entertainers.

The Milton Centre for the Arts serves as the arts and cultural hub of the community. Opened in 2012, this state-of-the-art facility offers a year-round season of music, theatre, dance, and art exhibits, as well as other special events and community activities.

Ground will soon be broken on Milton’s newest recreation facility.

The Sherwood Community Centre and Library will include a satellite library branch, two ice pads, an aquatic centre and multi-purpose rooms, with doors expected to open in 2019.

And while Milton continues to build for the future, the town’s historic downtown remains the heart of the community with a vibrant weekly farmer’s market and an array of unique restaurants and retail shops.

Named one of the Top 100 festivals in the province by Festivals and Events Ontario, the Downtown Milton Street Festival is always a summer highlight. Returning on Saturday June 3, this year’s community celebration is expected to attract more than 80,000 visitors for a day of live entertainment, food, vendors, and an assortment of family activities.

There are many reasons to discover Milton, and this highly-anticipated event is just one reason why it’s time to take a closer look.

To learn more about living and working in Milton, visit

Did You know?

  • The Robertson Screw was invented in Milton by  Peter L. Robertson
  • Milton’s Mattamy National Cycling Centre is home to Canada’s National Cycling Team and the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame
  • Milton is nestled on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve
  • Milton is home to the  Ontario Steam Era, celebrating 57 years in 2017