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The Town of Simcoe

 

The community of Simcoe was named for Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, who visited the area in 1795. A community of significant importance as a seat under the county system of government, and has the site of the district courthouse, Simcoe eventually became the largest urban centre in Norfolk County.

Because of its importance as an administrative centre, many industries and businesses are located within Simcoe's boundaries. The town is home to Canada's largest ice cream plant, run by Unilever Canada, and its newest manufacturer, Toyotetsu Canada's auto parts plant. Simcoe is also home to a lush park system, many heritage sites, a full-service hospital, a daily newspaper, and local radio station. Simcoe continues to actively encourage new development in all sectors, while supporting existing industry and business.

To learn more about the present state of the community, see our local information sources, or learn more about our Chamber here.