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2013 Community Profile

The 2013 Community profile was completed on March 28, 2013

Requests for further information or any questions regarding any of the information found in this Community Profile can be directed to:
Manager of Community Development, 613-479-2231 x233 or recreation@nullnorthfrontenac.ca

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North Frontenac: An Introduction

North Frontenac is in the heart of Eastern Ontario‟s cottage country. Cottages and campsites dot the shores of the Township‟s many clean lakes. Located entirely on the Canadian Shield, the landscape can often be rough and unpredictable, but at the same time provide for scenic backdrops and vistas. The two-lane roads take you through small hamlets and villages, through valleys and forests, around lakes, and over mountains. The spectacular Mazinaw Cliffs overlooking Mazinaw Lake in Bon Echo Provincial park feature over 260 native pictographs that are a huge recreational attraction. Also, the Mazinaw Cliffs are as high as the lake is deep.

There is an assortment of residential living options in North Frontenac. People choose to live in the small hamlet areas of the Township, along private roads in the backcountry, or on the shores of the hundreds of water bodies. Also, a large number choose to live in North Frontenac on a seasonal basis, spending weekends and holidays in the Township.

The natural beauty of the North Frontenac is what most residents love about the area. The residents, both permanent and seasonal, enjoy active lifestyles and a wide variety of outdoor activities. In the summer many people spend their time on the large network of trails, hiking and off-roading with ATVs. But equally as entertaining and possibly even more popular, is partaking in activities like swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking and wilderness camping. Hunting season is enjoyed Township-wide by both residents and visitors. The winter season is also enjoyed by residents, and significant snowfalls blanket the landscape, replacing the scenery of North Frontenac with an alternatively beautiful appearance. Residents commonly enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing the large expanse of trails, and continue to fish through the ice on the frozen lakes scattered with fishing huts.

The Township of North Frontenac covers 1,164.73 square km of rugged, natural landscape at the northern-most portion of Frontenac County. It has a permanent resident population of slightly over 1,840 people; however the area is visited by approximately 5,000 seasonal residents each year. The low year-round population density has created less development pressure than that felt elsewhere in Eastern Ontario. Crown land comprises a large portion of the Township and hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities are popular with residents and create a strong draw for visitors. The North Frontenac Crown Land Stewardship Program (CLSP) governs the management, operations and maintenance of the North Frontenac Park Lands. The CLSP is an innovative collaboration between the Township of North Frontenac and the Ministry of Natural Resources. The mission of the CLSP is to "provide resource stewardship and maintenance of the Crown Lands and provide a model of influence and public awareness for the necessity to conserve and preserve our natural resources." Primary industries include construction trades, logging and tourism, with supporting retail, public service and education sectors.

Municipal Vision

The Township of North Frontenac envisions a future with a stable population demographic. The area‟s growth is largely due to retirees moving to lakeshore dwellings. An economically sustainable vision for North Frontenac includes further development of the tourism sector, particularly eco-tourism and possibly astral-tourism, and is looking toward future infrastructure renewals accompanied by the integration of renewable energy systems. The provision of basic retail and business opportunities will allow residents to fulfill their needs with fewer excursions to other places.

The Township of North Frontenac's Official Plan (OP) was adopted in February 2012 by Council and is currently awaiting approval from the Province of Ontario. The planning period for the OP is intended to be approximately 20 years (2001-2021). As set out in Section 2.0 of the North Frontenac OP, the purpose of the Plan is to:

"...guide and direct future growth in a logical and orderly manner, to protect existing development from the adverse effects, which may arise from incompatible development, and to help avoid the errors of the past so as to ensure a healthy growth, which will benefit all residents of the Township."

Current Economy

Like many small, rural areas in Ontario and throughout Canada, the Township of North Frontenac is weathering the global recession, which has slowed population growth and commercial and industrial development.

Looking to the future and a stronger population base, the Township is focusing on attracting and retaining skilled young people by promoting employment opportunities specifically targeted at that skill-set and demographic. Coupled with advances in the availability and affordability of high-speed internet, opportunities for retraining could allow those aging members of the workforce to gain meaningful employment in the knowledge-based economy.

Growth Projections

Eastern Ontario as a whole is expected to have lower population growth than the rest of the province. The issues associated with an aging population will continue for the foreseeable future, with associated demographic challenges.

North Frontenac‟s Official Plan provides for a population growth rate of 1.2% per annum over the next 10 to 20 years for permanent residents and 1.3% per annum for seasonal residents based on a 10 year average growth rate between 1991 and 2001. With respect to housing, it is an objective of the OP to provide for a range of housing types, which meet the existing, and future needs of a largely rural population.1


1 Watson & Associates Economic Ltd. – Population, Housing, and Employment Projections for the Frontenacs – April 20, 2011

Strategies

Future economic growth potential within the Township is largely centred on tourism including eco-tourism, destination travel, and small business development (examples: arts, telecommuting information industries). Township Council recognizes that home based business are an important component of the economic base of the community and are the genesis of job creation and the provision of goods and services to local and regional markets. Home based businesses are encouraged as a means to providing local services, to providing an incubator for new businesses and as a means to providing more specialized services to a broader clientele.

Economic Development Services Overview

North Frontenac Economic Development Task Force is made up of dedicated community members and two appointed member of council, and operate with staff support. The task force is working to establish an investment-readiness portfolio for the Township.

Initiatives:

  • One project currently underway is the development of the Dark Skies initiative, which is promoting astral tourism opportunities arising from low levels of light pollution found in the Township.
  • The Township is supporting the Land O‟ Lakes Tourist Association in promoting the lakes of the region for a prominent television show called "Fish TV".
  • The Economic Development Task Force is also assessing options for promoting Highways 509 and 506 as a tourist route called Four Seasons Scenic Route.
  • High speed internet has been a focus in North Frontenac over the last decade and more towers are being installed expanding fibre-optics and offering better cell coverage.
  • A proposed new provincial park is to be located in the Township with expectations of more economic activity.
  • An economic development page has been added to the Township website and the Task Force continues to develop initiatives to encourage growth.

The County of Frontenac Economic Development office is located at the County‟s Administration Building at 2069 Battersea Road, Glenburnie, ON K0H 1S0. Here, statistics of the County and the region can be obtained as well as funding for community projects. Manager of Economic Sustainability: 613-548-9400 ext 330.

The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) is a private, non-profit corporation, run by a volunteer board of directors and is funded by Industry Canada. Their mission is to stimulate community and economic development throughout the Frontenacs. The FCFDC Office is located in Harrowsmith: 613-372-1414.

Testimonials

Why I live here in North Frontenac...

I live in North Frontenac because the Township is surrounded by pure natural environment: forest, freshwater lakes and river and beautiful forest landscape, all these have made a safe and healthy place to live in. The most important is the social and cultural harmony among different communities. People are positive, friendly and helpful.

- Cheryl Klatt, Resident

Why our business is located in North Frontenac...

It might seem strange to operate a small manufacturing business in the remote woods of North Frontenac Township, but the fact is that it's NOT remote. My product is high-end wood windows and doors, most of which goes to urban customers who are at least 100 kilometers distant. Started 35 years ago because I'd moved here, and remaining here because it's so gorgeous and peaceful.

The market surrounding us is unparalleled – probably 30 million people within a 12 hour drive, ten million within a five hour drive, the nation's capital a mere 90 minutes away. The road network is nearly empty of traffic and well maintained year-round. Skilled trades are not plentiful, but the population is steady, and a trained person will stay at a decent job. Supplies are easily available; the advent of daily courier runs, tractor-trailer deliveries of lumber to my door, and a glass supplier near Ottawa has made life much easier over the years. The internet has made complex discussion with customers quite independent of geography.

Zoning in this township allows small scale commercial and industrial development in most areas that are not near lakes or wetlands. Land is relatively inexpensive because Eastern Ontario is still relatively economically behind Southern Ontario. Taxes are reasonable, and three-phase electrical service is available along most major roads.

- John Inglis, Lothlorien Woodworking

Why I play in North Frontenac...

The North Frontenac Parklands contain some of the best crown land camping Ontario has to offer. The terrain varies from wetlands to granite cliffs so you will never get tired of the view. You are never far from civilization, yet this area remains wild enough to give you that feeling of solitude. If you are looking for a wilderness camping experience then look no further than the North Frontenac Parklands.

- John Paul Tedesco

I live a semi-urban lifestyle. I work in Ottawa and live on the outskirts of Kemptville. It is a practical way to subsist in our society, but it is not enough to sate my soul. For that, I also need a connection with nature and the natural world. To fill my cup, I play in North Frontenac.

North Frontenac Park Lands are easily within my reach. The campsites are unlike the congested encampments that are offered in private campgrounds or in Ontario's Provincial Parks. A typical campsite has a thunderbox, a campfire pit, and maybe a makeshift table that someone has constructed. That is perfect for me.

The rules are basic and easy to follow. By showing respect for the land and for the other people who visit the trails, camps, and waterways of North Frontenac, I can enjoy camping my way, unfettered by the pressures of society, and within the embrace of nature.

A visit to North Frontenac Parks Lands allows me to untangle a week of stress, and to listen to the call of a loon. I can take a few dips in a lake, paddle my canoe, hike down a trail, explore the inner tracks and lakes, even ride my ATV on the roads and trails.

I have seen moose and bears up close, water snakes, snapping turtles, mergansers, loons, and a fox. I often hear the call of the barred owl and other creatures of the night. For all of this, and more, I play in North Frontenac.

- Brian Day, Kemptville, Ontario

I love the hills and ravines, streams and lakes, bears and ermine and much more wildlife. Bringing your camera with you to North Frontenac is a must! I have captured many memories and some awesome pictures in North Frontenac and look forward to making more.

- Michael Higgins, Ottawa Ontario

Why I work in North Frontenac...

I choose to work in North Frontenac because of the serene surroundings, natural beauty, and peacefulness of the area. I also feel that members of the community are like a second family because of their compassion and genuine nature. North Frontenac is a welcoming community that encourages and supports all of its residents.

- Amber Lemke, Resident

Investment

Tax Rates

Current Tax Rates and visualizations can be view on the Treasury Department page under 'Taxation'

Demographics Profile

North Frontenac Age Distribution, 2011 Source: Statistics Canada.

2001 2006 2011
Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
Total all persons 1800 915 885 1900 965 940 1840 950 890
0-4 50 25 20 65 35 35 50 30 20
5-14 175 100 80 130 80 55 120 70 45
15-19 90 55 40 85 50 40 65 35 30
20-24 45 25 20 70 30 40 40 20 20
25-44 345 180 165 320 165 150 145 75 65
45-54 235 115 120 280 135 135 295 145 160
55-64 365 175 190 425 210 215 420 220 200
65-74 350 185 170 345 175 160 350 180 165
75-84 110 55 55 145 60 85 215 110 100
85 years and over 30 10 25 35 10 25 35 10 25
Median age of population 53.5 52.5 54.5 54.9 53.5 55.9 57.6 57.1 58.2
% of population aged 15 and over 87.5 86.9 88.1 89.5 89.1 91.0 91.3 90.2 92.4

North Frontenac Age Distribution, 2011 Source: Statistics Canada.


North Frontenac Family Composition, 2001-2011. Source: Statistics Canada.

2001 2006 2011 2006-2011
% Change
2001-2011
% Change
Total population 1,801 1,904 1,842 -3.3 -2.3
Total population 15 years and over 1,580 1,710 1,682 -1.6 6.5
Never legally married (single) 290 325 225 -30.8 -22.4
Legally married (and not separated) 990 1,040 130 -1.4 3.5
Separated, but still legally married 40 50 55 10.0 37.5
Divorced 115 130 90 -30.8 -21.7
Widowed 140 155 155 0.0 10.7

North Frontenac Household Composition, 2001-2011. Source: Statistics Canada.

Year North Frontenac
Total private households* 2001 810
2006 870
2011 810
Households containing a couple with children 2001 135
2006 185
2011 135
Households containing a couple without children 2001 380
2006 400
2011 415
One-person households 2001 230
2006 225
2011 285
Average household size 2001 -
2006 2.2
2011 2.0

*Including seasonal dwellings, there are 2,823 total private dwellings in North Frontenac.

Quality of Life

Centrally located in the heart of Eastern Ontario, residents of North Frontenac enjoy all of the advantages of rural living in one of the most beautiful parts of the province, yet benefit from the region‟s proximity to a number of major urban markets (Kingston, Ottawa and GTA).

There are numerous recreational opportunities in North Frontenac. Year-round outdoor activities include boating, camping, swimming, fishing, water sports, ATVing and nature watching in the summer, and skiing, skating, ice-fishing and snowmobiling in the winter. Bon Echo Provincial Park and the North Frontenac Parklands both provide excellent opportunities to get out and experience the great outdoors. Community events and clubs exist that tailor activities to various age and interest groups, including things like a kids pioneer club and the Land O' Lakes Garden Club. There are five community halls available for public and private events year-round. They are exceptional venues for any and all events and rental information can be obtained from the Bylaws / Applications page.

Weather data for the area follows the general pattern of hot summers and cold, snowy winters found in Eastern Ontario. Average annual temperatures range from -13.7 °C to a high of 26.1 °C, though individual temperatures do range down into the -30s °C and up into the mid to high 30s °C. Annual average rainfall is 790 mm, annual average snowfall is 201 cm. Another interesting piece of data is the average snow depth from December 1 through March 31, at 31 cm; or 36 cm for the period Jan 1 through March 31.

The natural beauty of the area provides inspiration for a number of local artists in a variety of mediums. Friends of Bon Echo host an annual Bon Echo Art Exhibition and Sale at Bon Echo Provincial Park and each fall there is a Cloyne Studio Tour where visitors can purchase from many artists and get a glimpse into their workshops. On a more historical front, the Cloyne Pioneer Museum educates visitors about life in the area since European settlement. Other historical archives can be found at the Plevna Library and are provided by the Clar-Mill Community Archives. Many community activities and events are enjoyed at the Clar-Mill Community Centre.

North Frontenac is quite simply Eastern Ontario‟s best recreational backcountry experience. Discover breathtaking beauty, witness undisturbed nature, explore timeless terrain and enjoy quiet solitude and tranquility and dark sky viewing.

North Frontenac Park Lands is a collection of 184 backcountry campsites nestled along the shores of 12 lakes atop the Madawaska highlands and Mississippi Valley watershed.

Carved from the Precambrian Granite of the Canadian Shield, North Frontenac Park lands were two and a half billion years in the making, residing entirely on Crown land it remains one of the most pristine natural environments in the province.

The well-known annual Blue Skies Music Festival can be discovered in the southern boundaries of the Township. This weekend-long event is always well attended and runs an associated five-day summer arts day camp for youths 7-13 years old. Retail services exist in the area as follows: grocery, produce and convenience; arts, craft and gift shops; building and hardware and computer sales and service. Other services offered in the area are provided by licensed contractors, builders, plumbers, mechanics and lawyers.

Education Profile

Clarendon Central Public School is the educational facility in North Frontenac and provides kindergarten to grade eight educations. To enter grade nine, students attend a new high-school in Sharbot Lake, Central Frontenac Township, or North Addington Education Center in neighbouring Addington Highlands Township. North Addington Education Center is a kindergarten to grade 12 facility located in Cloyne. French immersion programs are offered at the St. James Major Catholic School in Sharbot Lake.

The nearest adult training provider is Northern Connections Adult Learning Center, located in Sharbot Lake, in Central Frontenac Township and in Northbrook, in Addington Highlands Township, a 40 minutes drive.

Labour Force Profile

Industry List North Frontenac, Employees + Self-Employed, 2011 – 2012.

Description 2011 Jobs 2012 Jobs Change
Public administration 110 113 3
Retail trade 77 79 2
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 58 60 2
Accommodation and food services 48 47 -1
Construction 45 47 2
Educational services 38 39 1
Other services (except public administration) 28 28 0
Transportation and warehousing 24 25 1
Health care and social assistance 23 24 1
Arts, entertainment and recreation 18 19 1
Manufacturing 16 16 0
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services 13 13 0
Unclassified <10 <10 --
Professional, scientific and technical services <10 <10 --
Real estate and rental and leasing <10 <10 --
Finance and insurance 0 0 0
Wholesale trade 0 0 0
Utilities 0 0 0
Management of companies and enterprises 0 0 0
Information and cultural industries 0 0 0
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 0 0 0
Total 515 527 12

Source: Employees & Self-Employed - EMSI 2012.4 BETA


Occupation List North Frontenac, Employees + Self Employed, 2011 – 2012.

Description 2011 Jobs 2012 Jobs Change
Managers in retail trade, food and accommodation services 55 54 (1)
Construction trades 34 36 2
Sales and service occupations, n.e.c. 34 34 0
Teachers and professors 29 29 0
Clerical occupations 22 23 1
Other managers, n.e.c. 21 22 1
Transportation equipment operators and related workers, excluding labourers 19 20 1
Trades helpers, construction and transportation labourers and related occupations 19 20 1
Retail salespersons and sales clerks 17 18 1
Professional occupations in art and culture 15 15 0
Occupations in protective services 14 14 0
Contractors and supervisors in trades and transportation 14 14 0
Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences 14 14 0
Child care and home support workers 14 14 0
Occupations unique to forestry operations, mining, oil and gas extraction and fishing, excluding labourers 14 13 -1
Mechanics 12 13 1
Occupations unique to agriculture, excluding labourers 13 13 0
Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences 11 11 0
Cashiers <10 <10 --
Heavy equipment and crane operators, including drillers <10 <10 --
Finance and insurance administration occupations <10 <10 --
Machine operators in manufacturing <10 <10 --
Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport <10 <10 --
Wholesale, technical, insurance, real estate sales specialists, and retail, wholesale and grain buyers <10 <10 --
Nurse supervisors and registered nurses <10 <10 --
Unclassified <10 <10 --
Primary production labourers <10 <10 --
Judges, lawyers, psychologists, social workers, ministers of religion, and policy and program officers <10 <10 --
Professional occupations in business and finance <10 <10 --
Sales and service supervisors <10 <10 --
Chefs and cooks <10 <10 --
Administrative and regulatory occupations <10 <10 --
Technical and related occupations in health <10 <10 --
Occupations in food and beverage service <10 <10 --
Paralegals, social services workers and occupations in education and religion, n.e.c. <10 <10 --
Specialist managers <10 <10 --
Occupations in travel and accommodation, including attendants in recreation and sport <10 <10 --
Supervisors in manufacturing <10 <10 --
Assisting occupations in support of health services <10 <10 --
Senior management occupations <10 <10 --
Other trades, n.e.c. <10 <10 --
Assemblers in manufacturing <10 <10 --
Secretaries <10 <10 --
Clerical supervisors <10 <10 --
Machinists, metal forming, shaping and erecting occupations <10 <10 --
Stationary engineers, power station operators and electrical trades and telecommunications occupations <10 <10 --
Professional occupations in health <10 <10 --
Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities <10 <10 --
Total 515 527 12

Source: Employees & Self-Employed - EMSI 2012.4 BETA

The data in the tables above are offered to the reader as best reported information available through the Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Farming in North Frontenac

Year North Frontenac
Total number of operators 2001 30
2011 25
Average age of operators 2001 54.4
2011 56.9
Total number of farms 2001 21
2011 19
Total area of farms 2001 3,053
2011 2,548
Total farm capital 2001 4,088,623
2011 5,785,000

North Frontenac Agricultural Statistics, 2001-2011. Source: Statistics Canada.

Real Estate Profile

Residential coupled with Commercial
303 - Residence with a commercial unit 3
363 - Housekeeping cottages - no American plan 25
364 - Housekeeping cottages - less than 50% American plan 3
383 - Bed and Breakfast establishment 1
Commercial
400 - Small office building, generally single tenant or owner-occupied under 7,500 square feet 1
405 - Office use converted from house 2
408 - Freestanding Beer Store or LCBO - not associated with power or shopping centre 1
410 - Retail – one storey, generally under 10,000 square feet 5
420 - Automotive fuel station with or without service facilities 2
421 - Specialty automotive shop/auto repair/collision service/car or truck wash 3
441 - Tavern/public house/small hotel 2
451 - Seasonal motel 1
460 - Resort hotel 2
462 - Country inns & small inns 1
471 - Retail or office with residential unit(s) above or behind - less than 10,000 square feet gross building area (GBA), street or onsite parking, with six or less apartments, older downtown core 3
486 - Campground 14
490 - Golf course 2
492 - Marina - located on waterfront - defined as a commercial facility for the maintenance, storage, service and/or sale of watercraft 1
495 - Communication towers - with or without secondary communication structures 2
496 - Communication buildings 4
Residential/commercial mixed 32

There are approximately 40 properties with a "tourism commercial‟ zoning designation.

Residential

The residential housing composition of North Frontenac is primarily detached, single family dwellings.

Year North Frontenac
Total private dwellings occupied by usual (permanent) residents* 2001 810
2006 870
2011 905
Owned 2001 95%
2006 90%
2011 n/a
Rented 2001 5%
2006 10%
2011 n/a
Single detached house 2006 835 (96%)
2011 885 (97.8%)
Semi-detached house 2006 0 (0%)
2011 5 (0.6%)
Row houses 2006 0 (0%)
2011 5 (0.6%)

North Frontenac Housing Types, 2001-20011. Source: Statistics Canada.

*Including seasonal dwellings, there are 2,823 total private dwellings in North Frontenac.

Services Profile

Sewage Treatment: In North Frontenac, buildings are primarily residential and employ independent septic systems.

Water: Water provision is individually well-based.

Roads: The main arterial roads are Highways 506 and 509, Ardoch Road and Highway 41, which originates in Lennox and Addington County, and enters North Frontenac along its western-most boundary. There are also many year-round service roads.

Transportation: for general mobility the population is car-dependant. Public transit is provided by Northern Frontenac Community Service's Rural Routes program.

Waste disposal and Recycling: These activities are done on an individual basis by residents who take their waste and recycling to one of two transfer stations or five waste sites. There is also an option to have pick-up by a private contractor. The Township encourages and promotes recycling by offering a credit for recycling towards waste disposal fees.

There are also three Household Hazardous Waste depots and one site for the specific disposal of electronic waste. Currently, approximately 33% of waste in the Township is being diverted from landfill. A clear bag initiative for residents helps to identify items for recycling before they can be thrown away. Single-use battery deposits are also available in numerous locations throughout the Township. The majority of large item recyclables, such as tires, scrap, metal or white goods, are accepted free of charge.

Library: Two sites comprise the public library system administered by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL); one in Cloyne and the other in Plevna. Both sites offer internet access in addition to other resources. Recent closure of the Ompah branch by the KEPL has led to the formation of the Ompah Library Uses Group, a community volunteer organization, that has undertaken operations to keep the site open.

Electricity Rates: Current residential electricity rates are as follows: 7.4 cents per kWh for the first 1,000 kWh, 8.7 cents per kWh for any additional uses.

Hydro One delivery rates in North Frontenac vary depending on the consumer rate classification and the community to which electricity is being delivered. See delivery rates for the following rate classifications: Residential, Seasonal, Farm, and Small Business at: http://www.hydroone.com/RegulatoryAffairs/RatesPrices/Pages/default.aspx.

Police: Police coverage is provided by the Ontario Provincial Police. The closest stations are located in Kaladar and Sharbot Lake.

Fire Response: Emergency fire response in North Frontenac is staffed by volunteers, based out of four fire halls. Three are located directly in the Township, including one in Snow Road Station, Ompah and on Highway 506, just south of Plevna. The fourth station is located on Highway 41 in Cloyne and is operated by the Kaladar/Barrie Fire Department and therefore provides protection to Ward One, as well as neighbouring Addington Highlands. Volunteers are highly trained in emergency medical response.

For issues regarding safety, it is vital that every inhabited property, permanent and seasonal, is issued a 911 civic address and blue blade sign by the Township. These numbers are calculated strategically to indicate in an emergency situation the precise location that is in need of services.

Health Services: Many residents use the Sharbot Lake Medical Centre or the Northbrook Medical Centre – Lakeland Family Health Team. There is also a pharmacy in each village. The Township also owns and maintains two helipads for emergency evacuations. The Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital can be reached in approximately one hour.

Telehealth Ontario services are in operation in the Township.

Mutual Aid is offered from Central Frontenac and Addington Highlands.

There is one dental clinic located in Northbrook. Beyond this, there is another located in Central Frontenac Township in Sharbot Lake.

Canada Post: There are four Canada post locations, situated in Ardoch, Cloyne, Ompah (Double S Sports & Marina) and in Plevna.

Internet: Internet provision in the area is variable. Recent advances made by the Eastern Ontario Regional Network are improving broadband access through cable and satellite, and wireless microwave, and coverage is being rolled out in phases.

Business Profile

Land O' Lakes Tourist Association is a membership-driven organization that encourages the effective operation and development of the tourism industry throughout the Land O' Lakes Region, for the economic benefit of the communities and business enterprise, and for the recreation enrichment of tourists, visitors and residents.

Ontario East Economic Development Commission runs the Eastern Ontario small business support network and their coverage area includes North Frontenac.

Personal and business banking needs can be addressed in Sharbot Lake, Perth, Tweed, or Northbrook.

Real Estate services can be reached in Sharbot Lake or Northbrook, with several agents providing service to the North Frontenac area.

There are a large number of small businesses operating in the Township. They are primarily tourism related (including resorts/accommodations and restaurants), artisans, marinas, logging/farming, and construction. View the local Business Directory.

Community Groups

The County of Frontenac has the fourth largest population of enumerated Aboriginal people in Eastern Ontario. The area encompassed by The Township of North Frontenac has traditionally been regarded as Algonquin territory and there are ongoing negotiations over a current Algonquin land claim, which covers a large portion of Frontenac County. For details see: http://www.aboriginalaffairs.gov.on.ca/english/negotiate/algonquin/algonquin.asp.

Numerous Christian denominations are catered to in North Frontenac. In Ardoch, there is a Catholic and an Anglican Church. Harlowe hosts the Harlowe Wesleyan Church. United Church services can be attended in Cloyne. In Plevna, one can attend the River of Life Christian Fellowship and Anglican Church and in Snow Road there is a Presbyterian Church and Free Methodist Church. View the list of Churches and Church Groups

There are a large number of active lake associations in the area, formed of both seasonal and permanent residents. View additional contact details for the Groups and Associations.

Strong community spirit in North Frontenac is evident through support to many community groups and organizations which are found centred in the hamlet areas.

This page was last updated on December 09, 2013

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