Township of East Garafraxa


East “Gary” as it’s known to locals is home to a variety of small businesses, agricultural pursuits and the hamlet of Marsville. It is situated to the south-west of Dufferin County allowing an easy commute to the south to Brampton, Mississauga, but also to Fergus, Guelph and the Waterloo Region. The Grand River flows through the Township giving the local artists inspiration and the local farmers ample water.

The rolling countryside has inspired several local businesses to locate here, some with international fame such as Jay-Lor, makers of TMR mixers for the agricultural community, others demonstrate the creative passion that is plentiful in Dufferin County such as the unique fire pit designs of Iron Embers. Jay-Lor was the recent winner of the 2015 Dufferin Business Excellence Award for Employer of the Year. For more information on East Garafraxa, their businesses and their services please visit their website.




Link to Township of East Garafraxa


East Garafraxa is home to many successful businesses including:


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Century Wood Products

Jim Steinstra, Peter and Bill Van Veen of Century Wood Products in Marsville are giving old wood new purpose. At the same time, they’re saving trees and reducing the carbon footprint of building materials. More–>




QPAC Custom Manufacturing

QPAC has a flexible workforce. Forty people can be called in to work as needed. Whether the quota is 700 units a day or 50,000 a month, QPAC workers are up for the challenge. More–>




A snapshot of East Garafraxa data:

2011 Census Profile – Statistics Canada
Population 2,595
Median age of population 42.9 years
% of population ages 15 and over 81.3%
Total private dwellings 893
Population density per square kilometre 15.6
Land area 166.04 km2



Educational Attainment (from 2011 National Household Survey)
Total population 15 years and over 2,110
No certificate, diploma or degree 395
High school certificate or equivalent 570
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 165
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 590
University certificate, diploma or degree 465



Labour Force Activity (National Household Survey and Analyst Data)
Employed 1,500
Unemployed 85
Not in work force 600
Average Earnings $41,613



Primary Occupations (2011 National Household Survey)
Sales and service occupations 260
Management occupations 240
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 220
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 190
Business, finance and administration occupations 170
Health occupations 145
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 120
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 100
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 75
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 50



Top Employment Industries (by NAICS) (2011 National Household Survey )
31-33 Manufacturing 200
44-45 Retail trade 200
23 Construction 150
61 Educational services 145
62 Health care and social assistance 145
41 Wholesale trade 110
11 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 95
48-49 Transportation and warehousing 95
54 Professional, scientific and technical services 75
72 Accommodation and food services 75


Link to Stats Canada East Garafraxa Data

Link to National Household Survey East Garafraxa Data