Timeline of Port Dover, Ontario history

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This is a timeline of the history of Port Dover, Ontario, Canada.



Early history

20th Century

21st Century


  • October 13, 2000 – The first Friday the 13th celebrations for motorcycle riders in the 21st century was held on this date.
  • 2001 – Nanticoke and all other municipalities within the region were dissolved and the region was divided into two single tier municipalities with city-status but called counties.
  • May 15, 2001 – The decimated youth demographics of Port Dover start to endanger the future of Port Dover Composite School. [10]
  • 2004 – The Stanley Cup came to Port Dover (with Jassen Cullimore) when the 2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning won the Cup. He was the fourth NHL player to present the Stanley Cup to this small hockey town on the shore of Lake Erie. [11]
  • 2005 – The Canadian Coast Guard stationed the Cape-class motor lifeboat CCGS Cape Lambton in the community. [12]
  • May 2006 – A boom in wind turbines begins throughout Norfolk County. [13] Plans to build wind turbines in the Port Dover area by 2013 were eventually eliminated by a county-wide ban.
  • 2009 – Certain segments of the American horror film Survival of the Dead were filmed here in Port Dover. [14]
  • March 4, 2009 – U.S. Steel announced the closure of the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario due to the increasingly worse effects of the global economic slowdown. [15] While it may have decreased the local pollution levels, the lockout has affected at least 12,000 Canadian jobs; leaving people with little or no disposable income to spend on consumer items.


  • April 23, 2010 – Stelco Lake Erie Works finally re-opened after the eight-month lockout; bringing back approximately 1100 people into the company. [16] Approximately 400 people never got their jobs back at the steel mill simply because they were either too old, moved on to other careers, turned to welfare, or went back to college.
  • Summer 2010 – Most other local jobs lost during the global recession of the period were eventually restored; resulting in a major drop in the local unemployment rate for the summer of 2010. [17]
  • January 31, 2013 – Port Dover Composite School was official closed on this day due to government cutbacks and demographics issues. The Canada 2011 Census reported that there are 1,800 fewer children and teenagers in the Port Dover area as opposed to the Canada 2001 Census. [10]
  • April 15, 2013 – The union vote ratification for Stelco Lake Erie Works is set to expire on this date. [18] [19] This brought 12,000 Canadian jobs into immediate danger as they were through most of 2009 and 2010.
  • April 28, 2013 – Negotiations between the President of USW Local Union 8782 and the Director of Human Resources of U.S. Steel Canada failed; resulting in a lockout that prevented all Stelco employees from working. [20]
  • May 14, 2013 – Norfolk County has banned the placement of new wind turbines; county official feared the region becoming "industrialized" and "unnatural" within the course of 100 years. [21] Wind turbines built before 2013 are permitted to stay until they no longer function properly.
  • June 13, 2013 – Despite the lockout at Stelco Lake Erie Works, 2600 people have officially joined the workforce between June 2012 and June 2013 in Norfolk County. Increasing reliance on the economy of the Greater Toronto Area and the globalized economy at large has served to slowly bring Port Dover residents (along with other Norfolk County residents) back into the workforce. [22]
  • September 1, 2013 – 71% of voting union members at the Stelco Lake Erie Works appeased to the company's way of thinking and signed a five-year contract that would guarantee work until September 1, 2018. While basic salaries have remained the same, there has been a cut in vacation premiums that allowed them to get paid while on vacation. [23]
  • September 5, 2013 – The old PDCS building was converted into an elementary school called Lakewood Public School. They begin to receive their first batch of students from grade 1 through grade 8. [24]
  • September 1, 2018 – The current collective bargaining agreement for Stelco Lake Erie Works expires on this date. Union members may sign another CBA or go on lockout pending an authorized union vote. [23]

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