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History of Clifford

Clifford Revitalisation

Clifford is located in the Town of Minto in Wellington County.

The village of Clifford was founded around 1855 as Minto Village. After the opening of the post office in 1856, the settlement was renamed Clifford by the first postmaster Francis Brown after Clifford in West Yorkshire, England. Clifford was incorporated as a village in 1873. In 1999, Clifford was amalgamated with Palmerston, Harriston and Minto Township to create Minto.

Clifford is home to Wightman Telecom. The Wightman family has owned and operated a communication system in Clifford since 1908, with a telephone system that was originally operated out of a kitchen in Howick Township. The company is now involved heavily in high speed fiber-optic internet, cable, and telephone throughout areas of Southwestern Ontario.

Key Strengths & Special Features

  • Location on a busy highway (6,100 Average Annual Daily Traffic)
  • Significant trade area population (21,980)
  • Unity among businesses
  • Access to a large number of seasonal residents at surrounding campgrounds.

Businesses & Services

Downtown Clifford has 16 business and service establishments. Clifford is well known for its restaurants and several unique shopping destinations which include a gallery, antiques and now a seasonal Farmers' Market.

Key Demographic Figures

Downtown Clifford Trade Area (2006)

Population:  21,980
Average Household Income:  $61,213

Top 10 Reasons to Locate a Business in Downtown Clifford

  1. Access to thousands of customers travelling on Highway 9
    (6,100 Average Annual Daily Traffic Counts.)
  2. Façade & Signage Improvement Grant Program
  3. Friendly, supportive and cooperative business community
  4. Think Minto First - Buy Local Program
  5. Streetscape Improvement Plan
  6. Reasonable Rents and Purchase Costs
  7. Significant Trade Area Population (21,980)
  8. Centrally located, one hour to the beach and one hour the City.
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  9. Rural Picturesque Village
  10. Active Volunteer Community