Whitchurch-Stouffville /ˈwɪtʃərtʃˈstoʊvɪl/ (45,837 residents as of 2016) is a town located in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, about 50 kilometers north-northeast of downtown Toronto, and 55 kilometres north-east of Toronto Pearson International Airport. It covers an area of 206.22 square kilometers, in the mid-eastern part of the Regional Municipality of York, on the ecologically-sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. Since 1993, its motto has been “country close to the city”.
Davis Drive (York Regional Road 31) is the northern border of the town, York-Durham Line (York Regional Road 30) is the eastern boundary, and Highway 404 is the western boundary. In the south, the boundary is roughly 200 meters north of 19th Avenue (York Regional Road 29), which is irregular due to the annexation of lands that were formerly part of Markham Township in 1971.
From 2011 to 2016, the town’s population grew by 21.8%, making it one of the fastest-growing municipalities in York Region. In 2016, there were 15,712 private dwellings, up from 7,642 in 2001, meaning that there were 2.9 people per private dwelling. Within the Community of Stouffville, the town is expected to grow to 57,800 in 2021, and to 60,600 in 2031, and 97% of this growth will occur within the city limits of Stouffville.
A number of provincial laws govern future growth, including the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act (2001), the Greenbelt Protection Act (2005) plus the Places to Grow Act (2005). In these statutes, only areas that are approved for settlement are allowed to grow in the future in order to prevent urban sprawl on environmentally sensitive land. Whitchurch-Stouffville is therefore planning for its future development in the spirit of sustainable development, with much of its future development taking place within Stouffville’s urban boundaries, which is in keeping with Whitchurch-Stouffville’s “small town tradition between country and city”.
Whitchurch-Stouffville Coordinates: 43°58′00″N 79°15′00″W