Lanark County’s Economic Development efforts sustain and support economic growth for our communities. The County’s proximity to Ottawa is offers tremendous opportunity, leveraged to foster a climate for innovative, ecologically sustainable and technology-based economic prospects, with cooperation among members of the community and all levels of government. The County encourages the establishment and expansion of business as generators of local employment. Plans work in harmony with the province to regionally reduce barriers to business, provide opportunities for workforce training, revitalize attractions, and work to attract investment.
Lanark County provides a natural advantage for doing business with a skilled workforce and affordable place to live.
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- Fantastic Location
More than 50 million people live within 800 km (500 miles) of Lanark County. Our excellent highway network, easy access to three U.S. border crossings, and rail and air links with the rest of North America all make Lanark County a natural advantage for business.
- Superior Quality of Life
Clear lakes and pristine rivers abound in Lanark County. Fed by two major historical watersheds—Rideau Valley and Mississippi Valley—we have a constant course of inspiration, exploration, and recreation. Explore our world heritage site—the Rideau Canal, hike the Rideau, Cataraqui, or Trans Canada Trails, enjoy our world-class museums, festivals, and specialty foods such as our renowned maple syrup. Enjoy the rural lifestyle while having ready access to urban amenities a short drive away.
- Our County is appealing
~ We’re ideally located between Toronto, Montreal, and Northeast United States.
~ We have a dependable, loyal and skilled workforce.
~ We have low start-up costs and taxes.
~ We have premier access to vast Canadian and U.S. markets.
~ We’re located just minutes from the Nation’s Capital and Canada’s Centre for Advanced Technology.
~ We have wage subsidies and training funds available.
~ We have available capital to help grow your business.
Economic Development Partners:
Carleton Place www.carletonplace.ca
Drummond North Elmsley www.drummondnorthelmsley.com
Lanark Highlands www.lanarkhighlands.ca
Mississippi Mills www.mississippimills.ca
Smiths Falls www.smithsfalls.ca
Tay Valley www.tayvalleytwp.ca
For more information, contact:
For more information, please contact: Jonathan Allen, Facilities Coordinator
Phone: (613) 267-4200 ext. 3170
In line the County’s vision, there is tremendous value in providing an authentic experiences to our visitors. Lanark County will continue to receive strong interest in outdoor recreation opportunities given the natural, historical and cultural assets in Lanark County. Enhancement and interpretation of these assets, while maintaining access to trails, lakes and rivers will be vital to support a successful tourism strategy.
Lanark County’s tourism activities align with regional and provincial efforts. Community improvement projects led by municipal partners provide “added value” and improve the overall visitor experience. Any development projects in these areas must conform to the Official Plan. Linking areas with transportation routes, along which attractions and accommodations are located, is a significant consideration. (See transportation Master Plan). This will build on Lanark County’s ability to attract visitors in an increasingly competitive market.
Tourism Studies and Statistics
- Lanark County Destination Development Plan 2014-2018
- Marketing Plan 2017
- Visitation to Lanark County 10-year Growth 2001 to 2011
- Canadian Tourism Insights - 2014
- Rideau Canal Heritage Corridor Visitor Experience Opportunities Concept - 2014
- Tourism Structures Industry Comparison Survey Summary 2013
- Premier Ranked Destination Framework (PRDF) Final Report - 2011
- Ontario Ministry of Tourism Competitiveness Study (The Sorbara Report) - 2009
- Lanark County Statistics Comparison - 2006 to 2008
- Lanark County Tourism Business Plan & Executive Summary - 2004
- Heritage Transportation Project 1995
- Tourism Master Plan for the County of Lanark - 1988