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Canada Brick
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created by manitou on 1/4/2006 2:56 AM
last modified by oldtimer on 1/12/2006 6:46 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The site is now essentially a large mud pit. The former quarry and processing areas are in the process of being developed into a subdivision. The one building that remains on site is being used as site offices by the developers.
 Basic Information
Type: Formerly a large industrial complex
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: I can only speculate
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
2121 Britannia Road West
Mississauga, Ontario
Owner: Orlando Corp.
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Again, I can only speculate, but it is safe to say that there would have been a series of massive kilns and brick forming macinery.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • part-time guard
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1950
    Closed: 2002
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    Board Hearing –Canada Brick Lands
    If you've lived in or around Streetsville for any length of time,
    you will no doubt be familiar with "Canada Brick". For more than 50
    years, this operation has flourished on the north side of
    Britannia Road, just west of the Mullet Creek. Hundreds of local
    people have worked at the plant and many others have been
    involved with supplying goods, transporting finished products and
    servicing equipment. Most local residents have never been to the
    plant itself and many are surprised by the size of the
    property - over 220 acres. Development has surrounded the
    site on all four sides, making this land-locked site one of the largest
    undeveloped parcels of land left in the city.
    This plant, like its predecessors McFarren and Cooksville Brick,
    has reached the end of its useful life. City Council turned down
    Jannock's application to redevelop the Canada Brick lands
    into a residential/employment (mixed use) site. Their plan would
    have seen the area developed"


    By Gay Peppin
    After 45 years, Canada
    Brick's Streetsville Plant,
    located on 220 acres north
    of Britannia Road West, is
    closing. The site's
    Queenston shale used to
    make clay brick has been
    depleted. The first of four
    kilns has been shut down
    and the employees required
    to run it let go. The factory
    will close December 14. It
    is a sad time for those at the
    plant where Canada Brick
    as a company began.
    Laurene Payne, an employee since 1957 and now Manager of Recruitment and Payroll,
    recalled how it got started. Back in the 1950s, Ernest and Ruby McSwain while on a trip
    to Buffalo from North Carolina were encouraged to visit Toronto. During a tour of the
    city they happened upon Pottery Road and visited the Toronto Brick Works. Mr.
    McSwain, who had business interests in the pottery industry, was convinced he could
    make better bricks. The McSwains and some partners purchased land in Streetville and
    founded Canada Brick. Production began in March 1956. They sold the business to a
    conglomerate in 1961, it was sold to another company, then to Jannock Limited. On May
    14, 1999, the present owner, Hanson PLC acquired the company and leased the land
    from Jannock Properties which plans to develop the site after production ceases.
    Through various mergers and acquisitions, Canada Brick has become the largest
    manufacturer of clay brick in Canada and second largest brick manufacturer in North
    America. Two of its local brickyard aquisitions were the McFarren brickyard off Thomas
    Street in Streetsville in 1979 (it closed in 1992) and in 1985 the Cooksville brickyard which stopped brick production in December 1991. Now, in addition to Streetsville, it has manufacturing plants in Aldershot, Burlington, Ottawa and St. Lawrence Brick in Quebec.

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