Hawkesbury, Ontario

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Hawkesbury is a town in Eastern Ontario on the Ottawa River, near the Quebec/Ontario border.

It lies on the south shore of the Ottawa River about halfway between downtown Ottawa and downtown Montreal in Prescott and Russell. The Perley Bridge links it to Grenville, Quebec, to the north.

With the town's largest employer, Ivaco, on the brink of bankruptcy, the working class town is faced with the possibility of unemployment on a massive scale.

Hawkesbury is touted as the third most bilingual town in Ontario, with about 69.6% of its inhabitants being fluent in English and French, the two official languages of Canada. (West Nipissing is first with 73.4% followed by Hearst at 71%. 89% of the population speaks french as their mother tongue.


The town was named after Charles Jenkinson, Baron Hawkesbury.

According to the 2001 Statistics Canada Census:

  • Population: 11,629
  • % Change (1996-2001): 0.2
  • Dwellings: 5,312
  • Area (sq. km.): 12.44
  • Density (persons per sq. km.): 934.7

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