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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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.
Lanark County Economic Development Strategic Plan 2018-2020
The Lanark County, county-wide Economic Development Strategic Plan is a result of an 8-month process from May to December 2017, which involved input from entrepreneurs, business leaders, local politicians, municipal staff, residents, students and service organizations throughout Lanark County, Smiths Falls and North Leeds.
By way of a Service Agreement, Valley Heartland provides economic development services to Lanark County, and has recently completed a county-wide collaborative economic development strategic planning process. The process was led by Valley Heartland, Lanark County and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, and was driven by the Leadership Team and its 4 working groups, with representatives from every municipality in Lanark County.
The Leadership Team and Working Groups dug deep into their research and analysis, incorporating stats with stakeholder input from 338 questionnaires, as they identified key growth sectors, future opportunities for workforce development, and the positive impact of small businesses and entrepreneurs to our local economy.
In summary, Lanark County has a well-diversified local economy, with opportunities across a range of sectors including agri-food/agri-business, construction & trades, manufacturing, arts, entertainment & tourism, healthcare and education.
For more information please contact Stacie Lloyd, Regional Economic Development Officer
613.283.7002, ext 106 or email EcDev@valleycfdc.com
2016 Quick Stats - Lanark County (including Smiths Falls)
Population change since 2011: 4.6%
Average Age of population: 44.7 years
Land Area: 3,036 square kilometres
Population Density: 22.6 people per square kilometer
Number of private dwelling occupied: 28,580
Average total income: $44,111
Number of jobs: 21,820
Number of people commuting from Lanark County to Ottawa for work: 7,316
Number of people commuting within the County for work: 10,320
Approx distance from Lanark County to major centres:
80 km to Ottawa
80 km to Brockville
100 km to Kingston
75 km to US Border
Economic Development Partners:
Carleton Place www.carletonplace.ca
Drummond North Elmsley www.dnetownship.ca
Lanark Highlands www.lanarkhighlands.ca
Mississippi Mills www.mississippimills.ca
Smiths Falls www.smithsfalls.ca
Tay Valley www.tayvalleytwp.ca
Lanark County's Economic Development services include Agriculture, Planning and Tourism.
Lanark Federation of Agriculture
Lanark County 4-H
The Food Charter for United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and Lanark County was developed by a coalition of food activists and organizations under the name foodcoreLGL. There are a variety of food-related services and programs available through the Food Inventory. Contact foodcoreLGL@gmail.com or call 1-800-660-5853 and ask for “Foodcore”
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
- Lanark County Tourism Marketing Plan 2019
- Lanark County Tourism Statistics Report 2018-2019
- 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