Which is older - Peel or Canada?
Did you know?
The Region of Peel is older than Canada? We’re both celebrating our 150th anniversaries this year, but Peel was born six months earlier than Canada.
Our regional government actually began 16 years earlier - in 1851 - when the United Counties of York, Ontario, and Peel were created. Ontario County - which is now much of Durham Region - separated three years later and Peel also began to explore if it could become its own county.
Before it could, Peel had to build a courthouse with a council chamber and jail and a majority of Peel voters had to agree to the separation. On January 1, 1867, the independent County of Peel was born. The courthouse and jail were also opened in 1867.
Peel County lasted for another 107 years before it was dissolved and replaced by the Regional Municipality of Peel in 1974. Today, Peel is still carrying on its 150-year tradition of being an independent, upper tier municipality.
We still use Peel County’s 150-year old courthouse and jail?
Today, the courthouse and jail are home to the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), which also includes the registry office, built in 1890, and the county office building, built in 1959.
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