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Russell is a township, located south-east of Canadamarker's capital of Ottawamarker in eastern Ontariomarker, in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, on the Castor River. Russell Township is located within Canada's National Capital Regionmarker.

The township had a population of 13,883 in the Canada 2006 Census.


The primary communities are Embrunmarker and Russellmarker.

Smaller communities listed in the official Ontario place names database are Felton, Forget, Marionville, North Russell and Pana. Both the municipal government and Canada Post consider Brisson and Forget to be part of Embrun, and Felton, North Russell, and Pana as part of Russell. Canada Post also considers Marionville to be part of Russell, although the municipality considers Marionville to be separate.

The community of Russell is primarily anglophone, although it does have a small French community, while Embrun is predominantly francophone. In the township as a whole, anglophones form a slim majority.


According to the Canada 2006 Census
  • Population: 13,883
  • % Change (2001-2006): 11.9
  • Dwellings: 4,838
  • Area (km²): 198.96
  • Density (persons per km²): 69.8


The 2006 census found that English was the mother tongue of 49% of the population, while French was the mother tongue of 45%.
Mother tongue Population Percentage
English 6,805 49.5%
French 6,160 44.9%
English and French 180 1.3%
Mother tongue Population Percentage
Dutch 155 1.1%
Arabic 80 0.6%
German 75 0.5%

Ethnocultural ancestries

In parallel to the responses to the census question about ethnocultural ancestries, which are shown below, 2.0% of the population also reported having an Aboriginal identity, and another 2.0% also reported having a visible minority status.

Single responses: 27.2% of respondents gave a single response of 'Canadian', while a further 23.6% identified with both 'Canadian', and one or more other ancestries. 9.7% of respondents gave a single response of French, 3.5% gave a single response of English, 3.1% gave a single response of Dutch, and 2.5% gave a single response of Irish.

Multiple responses: Counting both single and multiple responses, the most commonly identified ethnocultural ancestries were:
Canadian 50.8%
French 34.9%
English 20.1%
Irish 18.0%
Scottish 13.7%
German 7.6%
Dutch 5.2%
North American Indian 3.1%
Italian 2.0%

Percentages are calculated as a proportion of the total number of respondents and may total more than 100% due to dual responses.

All ethnocultural ancestries of more than 2% are listed in the table above according to the exact terminology used by Statistics Canada.


Township Council

The current council of Russell Township was elected on November 13, 2006 in the 2006 municipal elections on November 13, 2006.

  • Mayor: Ken Hill
  • Councillors: Jean-Paul St. Pierre, Lorraine Dicaire, Donald St. Pierre, Jamie Laurin
The municipal offices are located in Embrun.

Federal and provincial representation

The township is located within the federal electoral district of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. It is represented by Pierre Lemieux (Conservative). The provincial electoral district, also named Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, is represented by Jean-Marc Lalonde (Liberal).


  1. 2006 Community Profiles

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