|City of Belleville|
|Incorporated||1836 (as police village)|
|Incorporated as city||1878|
|o Mayor||Mitch Panciuk|
|o Federal riding||Bay of Quinte|
|o Prov. riding||Bay of Quinte|
|o Land||247.21 km2 (95.45 sq mi)|
|o Metro||741.36 km2 (286.24 sq mi)|
|o City (single-tier)||50,716|
|o Density||205.1/km2 (531/sq mi)|
|o Metro density||124.8/km2 (323/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Postal Code FSA|
K8N, K8P, K8R
|Area code(s)||613, 343|
Belleville (Canada 2016 Census population 50,716; census agglomeration population 103,472) is a city located at the mouth of the Moira River on the Bay of Quinte in Southern (Central) Ontario, Canada, along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. It is the seat of Hastings County, but politically independent of it, and is the centre of the Bay of Quinte Region.
In addition to the Belleville city centre, the city of Belleville also comprises a number of villages and hamlets, including the following communities: Bayshore, Cannifton, Corbyville, Foxboro, Frink Centre, Gilead, Halloway, Honeywell Corners, Latta, Loyalist, Philipston, Plainfield, Pointe Anne, Roslin (partially), Thrasher's Corners, Thurlow, Thurlow South and Zion Hill.
Originally the site of an Anishinaabe (Mississaugas) village in the 18th century known as Asukhknosk, the future location of the city was settled by United Empire Loyalists. It was first called Singleton's Creek after an early settler, George Singleton, and then as Meyer's Creek after prominent settler and industrialist John Walden Meyers, one of the founders of Belleville who built a sawmill and grist mill. It was renamed Belleville in honour of Lady Arabella Gore in 1816, after a visit to the settlement by Sir Francis Gore and his wife.
Another important family in the growth of Belleville was that of Henry Corby, the founder of H. Corby Distillery, who had arrived in 1832. He promoted the municipality and his son Henry Corby, Jr. (Harry) donated the public library, helped develop the park at Massassaga Point, established the Corby Charitable Fund, helped raise funds to build the first bridge across the Bay of Quinte and donated Corby Park.
In 1836 Belleville became an incorporated village. By 1846, it had a population of 2040. There were several stone buildings, including a jail and court house as well as some of the seven churches. Transportation to other communities was by stagecoach and, in summer, by a steamboat. Two weekly newspapers were being published. The post office received mail daily. Several court and government offices were located here. In addition to tradesmen, there was some small industry, three cloth factories, a paper mill, two grist mills, three tanneries and two breweries. Seventeen taverns were in operation.
Belleville became an important railway junction with the completion of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1856; this plus a booming trade in lumber and successful farming in the area helped increase the commercial and industrial growth. Belleville was incorporated as a town in 1850.
In 1858 the iron bridge over the Moira River at Bridge Street became the first iron bridge in Hastings County. By 1865, the population reached 6,000. Telephone service to 29 subscribers was in place by 1883; electricity became available in 1885 and in 1886, the town began to offer municipal water service. In 1870, Belleville became the site of Ontario's first school for the deaf. Under Dr. Charles B. Coughlin, the school was recognized as making a significant contribution to special education. Originally called the Ontario Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb, the facility was first renamed Ontario School for the Deaf and then, in 1974, the Sir James Whitney School.
Belleville's High Victorian Gothic town hall was built in 1873 to house the public market and administrative offices. The overall appearance is similar to the original even today. In 1877, Belleville was legally incorporated as a city. In 1998, the city was amalgamated with the surrounding Township of Thurlow to form an expanded City of Belleville as part of Ontario-wide municipal restructuring. The city also annexed portions of Quinte West to the west.
Belleville is located at the mouth of the Moira River on the Bay of Quinte in southeastern Ontario between the cities of Quinte West to the west and Napanee to the east. These cities are connected by both Ontario's Highway 2 and the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway (Highway 401); The city is also served by Highway 37, running north-south from Belleville towards Tweed to the east of the Moira River; and Highway 62 (once Highway 14 south of 401), northwards towards Madoc, and southward to Prince Edward County over the Bay Bridge.
Belleville is located in a transitional zone which may be considered part of the Central Ontario or Eastern Ontario regions by different sources. Officially, Belleville is properly considered part of the Central Ontario region as it is located west of the St. Lawrence River's starting point, but the city is popularly considered part of Eastern Ontario as it shares the eastern region's area code 613 and K postal code.
Belleville's climate has four distinct seasons. The city's traditional continental climate (hot summers, cold winters) is moderated by its location near Lake Ontario. The lake moderates temperature extremes, cooling hot summer days and warming cold days during the fall and winter. As such, winter snowfall is somewhat limited due to the increased frequency of precipitation falling as rain during the winter months. In the summer months, severe thunderstorm activity is usually limited because of the non-favourable lake breeze conditions. The city, being located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is also in an unfavourable location for lake effect snow. One notable exception, however, was in December 2010 when 14 cm of snow occurred in one day as a result of a snow band from Lake Ontario. The summer months do not typically experience exceedingly hot temperatures, however, humidity levels can make daytime highs uncomfortable. Summer rainfall is usually modest and delivered by passing thunderstorms or warm fronts. Remnants of tropical systems do pass through on occasion towards summer's end, resulting in one or two days of consistently wet weather. The winter season is highly variable, with the record setting winter of 2007-08 experiencing near 270 cm of snow. Four years later, the winter of 2011-12 experienced only 60 cm of snow. Winter temperatures are also highly variable, even in one season. Air masses change frequently, and while a few days may see above freezing temperatures at a time in January, the next week may bring cold and snowfall. Autumn is usually mild, with an increase in precipitation starting in late September as conditions for fall storms develop. The highest temperature ever recorded in Belleville was 104 °F (40.0 °C) on 9 July, 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded was -39 °F (-39.4 °C) on 9 February, 1934.
|Climate data for Belleville, 1981-2010 normals, extremes 1866-present|
|Record high °C (°F)||14.5
|Average high °C (°F)||-2.2
|Daily mean °C (°F)||-6.7
|Average low °C (°F)||-11.1
|Record low °C (°F)||-37.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||67.3
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||30.6
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||36.8
|Average precipitation days||15.4||11.8||12.0||12.2||12.4||11.6||9.7||10.5||11.3||13.5||14.0||14.2||148.6|
|Average rainy days||5.3||4.9||7.4||11.0||12.3||11.6||9.7||10.5||11.3||13.4||11.4||7.5||116.2|
|Average snowy days||11.7||8.5||6.4||2.1||0.04||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.12||3.7||8.8||41.2|
|Source: Environment Canada|
Local government is represented by Belleville City Council with a mayor and eight councillors. There are two city wards with Ward 1 (Belleville) represented by six councillors and Ward 2 (Thurlow) by two councillors. Ward 1 consists of the historic city and Ward 2 was created in 1998 with the amalgamation of Township of Thurlow. City Council sits at Belleville City Hall.
|Belleville Police Service|
|Elected officer responsible|
The city has had its own police force since 1834, and constables since 1790. The force has about 116 members headed by a chief of police and a deputy chief. The service is stationed out of one location only. Policing on provincial highways is provided by the Ontario Provincial Police from the Napanee detachment.
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Procter & Gamble, Kellogg's, Bardon Supplies Limited, Redpath, Sigma Stretch Film Canada, Autosystems Manufacturing (Magna International), Amer Sports Canada, and Avaya (formerly Nortel) are corporations operating in Belleville. Many other manufacturing sector companies operate within the City of Belleville, including Bioniche Life Sciences, Sprague Foods, Airborne Systems Canada Ltd, Berry Plastics Canada, CPK Interior Products, Hanon (formerly Halla) Climate Control Canada, Reid's Dairy, Parmalat Canada - Black Diamond Cheese Division and Norampac Inc.
Belleville is home to two shopping malls: The Bay View Mall in east-end Belleville and the Quinte Mall along Bell Boulevard (south of Highway 401) in North Belleville. In January 2017 a Shorelines Casino opened on Bell Boulevard.
The Quinte Economic Development Commission is the regional economic development office representing the City of Belleville, the City of Quinte West and the Municipality of Brighton. The Quinte EDC is mandated with the responsibility for regional marketing for its member municipalities as well as supporting existing industries through regional strategies.
The City of Belleville is located within a 15-minute drive of 8 Wing / Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton. 8 Wing CFB Trenton is Canada's largest Canadian Forces Air Base and is available for commercial flights for passenger and cargo uses, by prior arrangement with DND. There is a Customs and Immigration office located on site for international flights. Airport facilities include snow removal, crash response, fire fighting and rescue services, 24-hour-a-day air traffic control tower, fully equipped airfield navigational and visual approach, and one paved runway which is 10,000 feet long and can accommodate 747 and C5A classes.
Belleville is serviced by the 401 highway system, and bus service to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport is provided three times daily each way by Megabus. Deseronto Transit provides public transportation services to destinations including Deseronto, Napanee, and Prince Edward County.
Belleville is located on the Toronto-Montreal main rail lines for both Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway; both companies provide freight access. VIA Rail also operates five daily passenger services each way along its Windsor-Québec rail corridor.
Belleville is the largest urban centre in a much larger market area generally known as the Quinte Region. According to the 2016 Canadian Census, the population of Belleville is 50,715, a 2.6% increase from 2011. The population density is 205.1 people per square km. The median age is 44.7 years old, a bit higher than the national median at 41.2 years old. There are 22,744 private dwellings with an occupancy rate of 95.6%. The median value of a dwelling in Belleville is $229,630 which is a fair bit lower than the national average at $341,556. The median household income (after-taxes) in Belleville is $53,365, somewhat lower than the national average at $61,348.
Belleville's population is mostly of European descent. The racial make up of Belleville is 87.0% White, 7.4% Aboriginal and 5.6% visible minorities. The largest visible minority groups in Belleville are South Asian (1.5%), Black (1.0%), Chinese (0.6%) and Filipino (0.5%). Most of Belleville is either a Christian (67.1%), or affiliates with no religion (30.3%). The remaining 2.6% affiliate with another religion. In 2016, 91.7% of residents spoke English as their first language while 1.5% spoke French and 6% had a non-official language as their mother tongue.
Belleville offers a number of options at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.
The public school system is served by the Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board. The Catholic School system is served by the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.
|Public secondary schools|
|Centennial Secondary School|
|East Side Secondary School|
|Bayside Secondary School (Quinte West)|
|Public elementary schools|
|Susanna Moodie Elementary School|
|Parkdale Public Elementary School|
|Queen Elizabeth Elementary School|
|Prince of Wales Elementary School|
|Harry J. Clarke Elementary School (French immersion)|
|Queen Victoria Elementary School|
|Chase Maracle Elementary School|
|Sir John A Macdonald School|
|Prince Charles Elementary School|
|Foxboro Public School|
|Bayside Elementary School (French immersion)|
|Harmony Public School|
The following are Belleville area schools managed by the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.
|Separate board elementary schools|
|Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School|
|St Michael's Catholic School (French immersion)|
|St Joseph's Catholic School|
|Georges Vanier Catholic School|
|Holy Rosary Catholic School|
|Provincial demonstration schools|
|Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf|
|Academy of Learning College|
|Quinte Ballet School of Canada|
|Quinte Christian High School|
|Belleville Christian School|
|Belleville Montessori School|
On September 25, 2016, the Ottawa Senators announced that their AHL affiliate will move from Binghamton, New York, to Belleville for the 2017-18 season. The team is known as the Belleville Senators. They play at the Yardmen Arena, located on Cannifton Road.
Belleville was home to the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League from 1981 to 2015. The team was then sold and relocated to Hamilton, Ontario. Belleville was also previously home to two senior hockey teams, the Belleville Macs and the Belleville McFarlands. The McFarlands won the Allan Cup in 1958, and the World Championship in 1959. Belleville is also home the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, which challenged for the America's Cup in 1881. Belleville also sports minor hockey league teams such as the Belleville Bearcats (female) and the Belleville Jr. Bulls (male).
|AM 800||CJBQ||CJBQ 800||Full service||Quinte Broadcasting|
|FM 91.3||CJLX-FM||91X||Campus radio||Loyalist College|
|FM 94.3||CJBC-1-FM||Ici Radio-Canada Première||Talk radio, public radio||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation||Rebroadcaster of CJBC (Toronto)|
|FM 95.5||CJOJ-FM||95.5 Hits FM||Adult hits||Starboard Communications|
|FM 97.1||CIGL-FM||Mix 97||Hot adult contemporary||Quinte Broadcasting|
|FM 100.1||CHCQ-FM||Cool 100.1||Country music||Starboard Communications|
|FM 102.3||CKJJ-FM||UCB Radio||Christian radio||United Christian Broadcasters Canada|
|FM 104.7||CBO-FM-1||CBC Radio One||Talk radio, public radio||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation||*Rebroadcaster of CBO-FM (Ottawa) Pending CRTC approval see below1|
|FM 107.1||CJTN-FM||Rock 107||Classic rock||Quinte Broadcasting|
1Since Belleville does not yet have its own CBC Radio One outlet, the area is served by CBCP-FM 98.7 Peterborough or by a stronger signal from CBCK-FM 107.5 Kingston. On June 29, 2018, the CBC submitted an application to add a new Radio One FM transmitter at Belleville. If approved, the new transmitter will operate at 104.7 MHz which will rebroadcast the programing from CBO-FM originating from Ottawa.
|OTA virtual channel (PSIP)||OTA actual channel||Call sign||Network||Notes|
|26.1||26 (UHF)||CICO-DT-53||TVOntario||Rebroadcaster of CICA-DT (Toronto)|
|OTA virtual channel (PSIP)||OTA actual channel||Call sign||Network||Notes|
|4||4 (UHF)||YourTV Quinte||YourTV||Part of Cogeco Community TV|
The City of Belleville has three sister city arrangements with communities outside of Canada which include: