Community Profile

Economic Overview

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.

Economic Development


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 businesses 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.


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".

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.


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

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


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View Statistics Canada Census for more information about North Frontenac's demographics.

Quality of Life

Our Location

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).

Recreational Activities

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 kid's pioneer club and the Land O' Lakes Garden Club. There are five community halls available for public and private events year-round.

The Weather

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

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.

Stores, Services, and Festivities

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.


Clarendon Central Public School is the educational facility in North Frontenac and provides kindergarten to grade eight education. To enter grade nine, students attend Granite Ridge Education Centre, in Sharbot Lake, Central Frontenac Township (in Sharbot Lake servicing children and youth Kindergarten to grade 12), 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 or in Northbrook, in Addington Highlands Township. 

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