For the past two decades, the Town of Milton has been experiencing strong population growth. In fact, in the period between the 2001 and 2011 census, Milton’s population more than doubled from 31,495 to 84,370, for a net increase of 52,875 residents.
During that period, Milton was the fastest growing community in Canada. In comparison, the population across Ontario and Canada grew at 12.6% and 11.6% respectively over the same time period.
The age cohorts that drove growth in the community between the census years were:
Presence and growth of these age groups in the community were congruent with a significant number of families with small children. The rapid development may result in a great deal of pressure on kid’s care facilities and elementary schools.
This high rate of growth makes it possible for Milton to become the second largest population in the Region by the year 2026, second only to Oakville. The expected substantial growth of Milton over the coming decades requires significant investment in infrastructure and community services, as the rapid growth will have significant implications for all facets of government service and management.
The Town of Milton was founded in the 1830s as a mill town to serve the farming community in the area. Today, it features an attractive blend of historic charm and state-of-the-art facilities, expansive green spaces, and strategic placement at the centre of the Toronto-Waterloo innovation space, all of which have contributed to its fast growth since the turn of the century.
Besides the economic prospects, Milton also provides its residents with a plethora of cultural and recreational activities for leisure. For instance, Milton is home to one of the two velodromes in North America that meet international standards, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre. It was built for the 2015 Pan Am Games and continues to be a popular multi-purpose recreation facility for the local community, thanks to its expansive view of the Niagara Escarpment and wide range of programs for people of all ages.
Other recreation facilities include 8 premier golf courses, escarpment conservation areas, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, the Downtown Milton Street Festival, and the Sherwood Community Centre and Library that features an aquatic centre, two ice pads, and a satellite library branch.
While many organizations consider the size of an ISP before making their choice, it’s important to keep in mind that their experience will also be greatly affected by their values, culture and other important factors unique to your business. Beyond that, you should consider the following areas:
1. Scale and resources
Compared to internet service providers within Milton, national ISPs have more resources and extensive networks. On the other hand, local ISPs tend to be more technologically savvy, with knowledgeable staff and outstanding personalized service. Before choosing a provider, you should try to find out how the size of their business could impact the level of service towards yours. Once you have a list of potential ISPs, you could ask about their service timelines and research their customer service reputation.
2. Service and expertise
Most ISPs have a team of highly experienced staff, who are capable of solving most problems, but there’s no guarantee that your project will be handled by the best. While you don’t necessarily need to work with the experts, it helps to know that in the event of a troubleshooting query or other concerns, you will be able to access a local expert for direct assistance, rather than being routed to a call centre in another part of the country.
3. Network and coverage
Some international and national companies can leverage the sprawling infrastructure of national internet service providers. However, Milton-based organizations may find that working with a locally-based ISP is sufficient and highly efficient. You just need to ensure that the local provider covers your location and offers the plans your business requires.
4. Company structure
It’s important to find out whether a prospective ISP outsources their technical support or provides direct account management for their clients.
For more information about connecting your business in Milton with a high-speed internet connection, call Netfox Communications at 877-542-9945 or contact us here.