Census Information Relating to Bruce County

An Act of Parliament, passed on May 30th, 1849, coming into effect on 1st January, 1850, created the separate counties of Huron, Perth and Bruce. Prior to this, the areas which comprise Bruce County were previously known as the "Queen's Bush" or, even earlier, part of the "Crownland" district.

Partial map of the "Canada West Districts" circa 1845.

The earliest "census" to occur in Bruce County was the "Assessment Roll" of 1850, which took in the townships of Huron and Kincardine. Brant and Saugeen, which were supposed to be included, were strangely, omitted. According to the assessment, Kincardine Tp. had a population of 262, while Huron's was 114. Bruce County was thereafter included in the Census of the Province of Ontario which took place in 1851/1852*, 1861, and every ten years since. Note: "1911" is the most recent census available to the public.

* Excluded from the 1851/1852 Census were the "School Lands" and certain remaining "Crown Lands" comprised of:

    Township of Bruce - Lake Range, Lots 11 -70

    Township of Kinloss - Concession 1, Lots 1 to 80; 2nd. Concession to 12th inclusive, & Range 3 North and South of the Durham Road.

    Township of Carrick

    Township of Culross

    Township of Greenock - Lots on 2nd. Concession and everything North.


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