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30 Facts About Guelph
Guelph based the headquarters, and his home, in the community.
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Many years, Guelph ranked at or near the bottom of Canada's crime severity list.
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Guelph has been noted as having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country throughout the Great Recession.
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Guelph selected Guelph as the headquarters of this British development firm.
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Guelph's design intended the town to resemble a European city centre, complete with squares, broad main streets and narrow side streets, resulting in a variety of block sizes and shapes which are still in place today.
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Name Guelph comes through the Italian Guelfo from the Bavarian-Germanic Welf.
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Guelph returned to Great Britain penniless and was imprisoned because he was unable to pay his debts.
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Guelph was incorporated as a town in 1855 and the first mayor elected was John Smith.
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Guelph was incorporated as a city in 1879 with a Special Act of the Ontario legislature.
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Guelph was one of 13 municipalities that helped to create the provincial entity that became Ontario Hydro.
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Guelph was the home of North America's first cable TV system.
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Guelph has several buildings on the National Historic Sites of Canada register: the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, McCrae House and Old City Hall.
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Redevelopment plan for Downtown Guelph had been discussed by Council since 2007 and was finalized as the 2018 Baker District redevelopment project.
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Downtown Guelph is situated above the confluence of the Speed River and the Eramosa River, which have numerous tributaries.
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Guelph has received government funding for expansion that would create additional jobs, most recently in 2015 and in 2018 .
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Guelph is very attractive to the agri-food and biotechnology market sector, according to the city.
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City of Guelph's published 2016 data was sorting occupations in a different manner.
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Two Guelph companies were among the 2018 winners of the Waterloo Area's Top Employers competition.
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Guelph was the third fastest-growing city in Ontario, with a 5-year growth of 8.
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The City of Guelph had not bought the site for the planned Guelph Innovation District, as it initially considered doing, because of the potential financial risk.
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Guelph is served by a growing library system composed of a main library located in the downtown core, five branches and a Bookmobile.
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Guelph's facility had a score of 78 in 2017, notably better than the national average of 91.
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Guelph was the first municipality in Canada to have its own federally chartered railway, the Guelph Junction Railway.
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Today, Guelph has a thriving indie rock scene, which has spawned some of Canada's more well-known indie bands, many of which are highlighted in the annual Kazoo Festival.
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Guelph is home to the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and two yearly classical music festivals.
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