Demographics & Advantages

When it comes to business, Smiths Falls certainly has the advantage of a central location, a strong, available workforce and attractive property costs. The Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce works hard to promote this advantage and advocate for continued improvements. Our Chamber works with the entire community to foster a competitive business environment throughout all sectors in Smiths Falls. An environment that benefits the people of this region through the growth of jobs, wealth and quality of life. Our Chamber has been the “Voice of Business” in this community since 1889. Today we represent the interests of more than 315 members. Let our network of successful businesses show you the Smiths Falls Advantage!

The Smiths Falls business community has remained proactive through many economic highs and lows over the past century. Today, the positive energy continues to motivate and attract new entrepreneurs to the area. Smiths Falls is closely aligned with the SME trend that is gaining strength across the nation.

Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have proven to be the source of most new jobs, innovations, economic diversity and vitality across Canada in recent years. Research shows that the local SME sector that has the largest role in creating long term economic growth in any municipality.

Our Chamber is working hard to foster an environment that encourages and supports entrepreneurs and SMEs to thrive in Smiths Falls.

The Smiths Falls Location Advantage

Sensational Smiths Falls, can be found at the Heart of the Rideau Canal. This beautiful and historic town is centrally located in Eastern Ontario and is only moments away from Ottawa and Canada’s National Capital Region.

The Trade Corridor

Road: Smiths Falls is centrally located in Eastern Ontario and is easily accessed by numerous highways in every direction. Highway 15, Highway 29 and County Road 43 allow quick access to outlying communities and to a number of 400 series highways. The Town’s central location means fast access to major Ontario and Canadian centres. By Road, Ottawa and Kingston are both within an hour’s drive, while Toronto and Montreal can be reached in under 4 hours. RAIL: Smiths Falls is situated on the Canadian Pacific Rail line, CN container service is available as well as VIA passenger service. RIVER: Our close proximity to the St. Lawrence River also means easy access to several border crossings into the United States as well as to several international rail and sea shipping centres. AIR: Located just outside of Town is the Russ Beach Smiths Falls Montague Airport. A popular local airport that can easily accommodate small, personal aircraft. For larger aircraft and cargo shipping, the Ottawa International Airport is located only 67 km from Smiths Falls.

Road Distance to Major Centres

Brockville, ON 50 km
Ottawa, ON 80 km
Kingston, ON 100 km
Pembroke, ON 155 km
Montreal, QC 261 km
Toronto, ON 340 km
Buffalo, NY 499 km
Quebec City, QC 541 km

 

Major Transportation Links

2 Closest Border Crossings to the USA 66 km and 77km
Highway 401 50 km
Trans Canada Highway 20 km
Highway 416 40 km
International Airport 67 km

 

The Smiths Falls Workforce Advantage

Our dedicated, loyal workforce comes from within the Town of Smiths Falls and from the surrounding Counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville. Our strength is in our numbers. Our region boasts a workforce with a high percentage of training at the apprentice, College and University levels. Whether you are looking for skilled labourers and trades people, transport or customer service staff, administrative or management professionals to join your team, the available workforce in Smiths Falls can meet your needs.

Local Statistics

Smiths Falls Population (Census 2006): 8,777
Smiths Falls Population Density: 1,070.7/sq.km
Smiths Falls Population by Age Group:
14 and under: 1,480
Age 15 to 24: 1,175
Age 25 to 64: 4,475
Age 65 to 74: 705
Age 75 and over: 945
Median Age: 42.9
Population over 15 years: 83.2%
Total Area of the Town of Smiths Falls: 8.2 sq. km
Smiths Falls is surrounded by the Townships of Drummond North Elmsley and Montague to the North (in Lanark County) and by the Townships of Rideau Lakes and Elizabethtown Kitley to the South (in Leeds Grenville County).
Township of Drummond North Elmsley Population (Census 2006): 7,118
Township of Montague Population (Census 2006): 3,595
Township of Rideau Lakes Population (Census 2006): 10,350
Township of Elizabethtown Kitley Population (Census 2006): 10,201

The Smiths Falls Infrastructure and Planning Advantage

Smiths Falls has planned for the future with excess capacity in its water and wastewater facilities. Local road, electrical, telecommunication and broadband networks have been developed to meet today’s needs as well as those of tomorrow.

Electricity is often a significant cost factor for many companies, and one that is directly related to production. Smiths Falls has historically enjoyed very competitive electrical costs, providing a very stable and flexible source of power. We look forward to collaborating on conservation and environmental initiatives to help your company to become more energy efficient.

One factor becoming increasingly important to companies is access to advanced telecommunication services. As markets expand globally, business communications have likewise expanded, and today those efforts include voice, fax and data transmissions.

Smiths Falls’ commitment to investment in infrastructure will continue to provide a stable business environment, free of development constraints, for many years to come.

The Business Link Advantage:

Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce works with many partner agencies to enhance business opportunities and the local economy.

Town of Smiths Falls
Valley Heartland Community Futures Development
Eastern Ontario Development Program
Small Business Advisory Centre

Lifelong Learning Advantage:

Smiths Falls is home to several educational facilities. The business community is uniquely serviced by several agencies that provide education, training, support and programs designed to meet your business’s specific needs.

Adult Learning & Training Centre
Algonquin College
Kingston Learning Centre Career College Int.
Crossroads Truck Training Academy
Upper Canada District School Board
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

The Smiths Falls Green Advantage:

Smiths Falls is central to several new businesses with a focus on improving green technology. We are also home to active groups and businesses who can offer assistance and guidance for greening your business.

The Rideau Environmental Action League conducts community-wide environmental projects and promotes environmental improvements within the Town of Smiths Falls and Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties. REAL was incorporated as a not-for-profit community organization in 1989. It formed its charity, the Rideau Environment Trust, in 1990. REAL works with its volunteers, members, donors, friends and supporters, and with schools, municipalities, agencies, businesses, and government ministries to achieve its Mission and Goals. Visit REAL at www.realaction.ca or at 85 William Street West in Smiths Falls.

Rideau Home Hardware & Building Centre in Smiths Falls features the latest technology to help you turn your business GREEN. Visit them at http://www.rideaulumber.com/ or at 58 Abbott Street North in Smiths Falls.