Economic Development

The County of Frontenac is committed to promoting responsible and sustainable economic development in the region through its Economic Development Office.

Centrally located in the heart of Eastern Ontario, the Frontenacs offer residents a superior quality of life, while providing businesses with strategic access to major markets in the United States and Canada. 

Our nearly 27,000 permanent residents (a number that almost doubles when accounting for seasonal residents) enjoy all of the advantages of a rural lifestyle, living, traveling and working in one of the most beautiful parts of our province, yet benefit from the region's proximity to a number of major urban centres.

We also take a leadership role in stimulating economic development through our strategic planning and development initiatives and are committed to promoting responsible and sustainable development throughout the County of Frontenac.

Federal Government Services

The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) provides assistance to individuals or groups that are considering starting a small business in the Frontenacs, seeking advice or financing for an existing business or requiring assistance on a community project. For more information, please visit their website at

Provincial Government Services

The Regional Economic Development Team office for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is located in Smith Falls. The Team is responsible for delivering the Rural Plan for Ontario - Strong Rural Communities: Working Together for Success - which focuses on three main areas - community capacity building and skills development, health, education. For more information, please visit their website at

Strong rural communities are the key to a strong, healthy province. That's why supporting rural Ontario is a priority for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Guided by a team of experts in the use of programs, tools and resources, communities can have the support to effectively make more informed decisions related to economic development. Find out more at: