East Zorra-Tavistock

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Township of East Zorra-Tavistock

Community Profile

Information used in this article are sourced from: Rural Oxford Economic Development, Statistics Canada 2006 Community Profiles, and Statistics Canada 2011 Census.

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Communities and History

The township was formed through the amalgamation of numerous communities, including:  Braemar, Cassel, East Zorra, Hickson, Huntingford, Innerkip, Perry Mine, Perrys Lane, Strathallan, Tavistock, Tollgate, and Willow Lake. The largest three towns are Tavistock, Innerkip, and Hickson.


The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock (View rough boundaries on map) is a lower-tier township in South Western Ontario. It is part of Oxford County and is situated above the City of Woodstock.

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East Zorra-Tavistock is accessible by highway, air and railway. The settled areas are a short drive from Highway 401, 402 and 403.

East Zorra-Tavistock is located near several airports, including the Region of Waterloo Airport, Hamilton International Airport, London International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The township also has access to the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Rail Line

 Driving Distances:
 Kitchener/Waterloo 45 minutes
 London 55 minutes
 Sarnia 2 hours
 Toronto 1 hour 45 minutes
 Buffalo 3 hours
 Detroit  3 hours 25 minutes


East Zorra-Tavistock’s economy has historically been heavily dependent on the agricultural industry, which continues to be a major part of the economy today. The township also attracts many skilled workers in the manufacturing sector (the largest employer is Saputo Cheese), as well as people in the health care sector.

 The major industries in East Zorra-Tavistock include:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Management of Companies and Enterprise
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Real Estate and Rental & Leasing
  • Retail
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Wholesale Trade

Demographics, Education, Labour

In 2011, the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock had a population of 6,836. Over 60% of the population is of working age. All demographic information is sourced from Statistics Canada 2011 Census.


There are many post-secondary training opportunities available within close proximity to East Zorra-Tavistock to help residents meet the needs of the community. This includes a satellite campus of Fanshawe College in Woodstock, and Conestoga College in Ingersoll. East Zorra-Tavistock is close to many of Ontario’s top post-secondary schools located in Brantford, Guelph, London and Waterloo.

Education levels of residents. Click to enlarge.
Education Levels, Ages 15 +
East Zorra-Tavistock East Zorra-Tavistock % Ontario %
No certificate, diploma or degree 1680 29% 22%
High school certificate or equivalent 1655 29% 27%
Apprenticeship or trades certificate of diploma 460 8% 8%
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 1310 23% 18%
University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level 125 2% 4%
University certificate, diploma or degree 475 8% 21%

Labour Force

East Zorra-Tavistock is home to a multi-skilled labour force. Compared to the provincial average, East Zorra-Tavistock  has a high number of workers in agricultural based industries, as well as manufacturing and health care and social services.

Diagram of labour force separated by industry. Click to enlarge.

Experienced Labour Force, Ages 15 +

East Zorra-Tavistock East Zorra-Tavistock % Ontario %
Agriculture and other resource-based industries 510 13% 3%
Construction 235 6% 6%
Manufacturing 745 18% 14%
Wholesale trade 185 5% 5%
Retail trade 330 8% 11%
Finance and real estate 195 5% 7%
Health care and social services 500 12% 9%
Educational services 110 3% 7%
Business services 680 17% 20%
Other services 575 14% 18%

All data sourced from Statistics Canada 2006 Community Profiles.

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