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Carleton Place is home to a wide variety of unique businesses and services. Local businesses thrive in our downtown corridor, with tree-lined streets and fantastic heritage architecture many municipalities would envy. Many manufacturing and technology based businesses also call Carleton Place home, adding to the economic mix and contributing to the business diversity.

For any Economic Development related inquiries, please feel free to call the office of the Mayor and CAO

Mayor Toby Randell

Chief Administrative Officer
Diane Smithson: 613-257-6255



Carleton Place is a town in Eastern Ontario Canada in Lanark County, approximately a 45 minute drive to Downtown Ottawa and 4.5 hours to Toronto. Carleton Place is located directly on Highway 7 on the Trans-Canada Highway.

We have a long and storied industrial history. With the great Mississippi River flowing through Town, the first settlers found that the location was ideal for milling activities. With four historic mill buildings, still visible along the banks of the river, our industrial history is immediately evident. Along with this initial industry, our downtown grew into a larger and prosperous one, with many different shops and services available.

For most of the 18th and 19th centuries Carleton Place was a key producer of cast iron pans and stoves through the Findlay Foundry.

Carleton Place continues to grow and evolve. During the high-tech boom, Carleton Place was home to several components manufacturers who benefitted from the close proximity to Kanata. This high-tech sector still booms today in Carleton Place, along with specialty machining shops and much more.

Major Employers Include:

  • Cavanagh Construction 350 employees
  • Wal-Mart 200 employees
  • Town of Carleton Place 190 employees
  • Carleton Place Memorial Hospital 155 employees
  • Mitchell's Independent Grocers 130 employees
  • Rose Integration 85 employees
  • Canadian Tire 80 employees
  • DICA Electronics 80 employees
  • Mahogany Salon and Spa 60 employees
  • RONA 50 employees

Quick Contacts
Carleton Place CAO - Diane Smithson - 613-257-6255
Carleton Place Planning Department - 613-257-6211
Carleton Place Building Department - 613-257-6204
Carleton Place Public Works Department - 613-257-6208
Carleton Place Treasury - 613-257-6221
Downtown Carleton Place - 613-257-8049
Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce - 613-257-1976
Small Business Advisory Centre - 613-283-0062
Valley Heartland CFDC - 613-283-7002 ext. 101
Canadian Career Academy - 613-257-3237


  • Proximity to Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and US Borders
  • Close proximity to highway networks (7, 15, 417, 174, 401)
  • Existing Industrial Areas with lower operational costs than in urban centers
  • Educated Workforce with reasonable expected starting wages.
  • Easy access to high quality skilled trades workers
  • Daily pickups by FEDEX, UPS and other major carriers.


Residential growth is consistently steady. By 2028, the projected population for the Town of Carleton Place is 14,780.

Projected Growth 2018-2028

Unit Types Units Constructed Annually Persons Per Unit People Annually
Single detached, Semi-detached and Duplex 48 2.45 118
Multiples including Town Houses, Garden Homes, Row Houses, Triples or other multiple type dwelling units where no other dwelling unit is located above or below it 62 2.3 143
Multiples including apartments and other multiple type dwelling units where another dwelling unit is constructed above and/or below it and the said dwelling unit contains two or more bedrooms (or 1 bedroom + a den, family room) 36 2.2 79
Multiples - including one bedroom apartments 3 1.3 4
Multiples including seniors bachelor apartments style which do not include kitchen or cooking facilities 1 1 1
Total 150   345


Year Total Residential Units Population
2016 4,595 10,640
2017 4,745 10,985
2018 4,895 11,330
2028 6,392 14,780


The Labour Market Group of Renfrew and Lanark have compiled results from the 2022 Employer One Survey.  The Employer One Survey report provides valuable insights into local skill and human resource requirements for Renfrew and Lanark County.


2016 data indicates there are approximately 4,898 jobs in Carleton Place.

Carleton Place has seen significant growth in the health industry with 725 of the 4,898 jobs in that sector. We are being recognized as a 'health hub' for Lanark County because of our strategic proximity to other communities.

Manufacturing is another industry with a high concentration of jobs (670) in our community. Specifically machinery, computer and electronics, electrical equipment, and appliance and component manufacturing.

For a comprehensive snapshot, see our Economy Overview Document.


Our thriving downtown business area is perfect for retail and restaurants. Within a few blocks you’ll find an incredible range of goods and services catering to every taste and price range, including beautiful boutique shops, quilting, gifts, high-end ladies’ wear, florists, gourmet foods and natural pet foods – to name just a few! The municipality maintains a number of parking lots in the downtown, with free parking available to all customers. The Carleton Place Farmers Market is located on Beckwith Street, just steps from the downtown.

Our high-traffic commercial area on and just off of Highway 7 is perfect for large square footage retailers. We also have four serviced business parks—some ideal for industrial uses and others meant for business or office uses. 


The county-wide Economic Development Strategic Planning process was a partnership initiative led by Valley Heartland, Lanark County and OMAFRA; driven by all municipalities in Lanark County and the economic development stakeholders throughout the wider region. From this process, an action plan was developed with five key areas of focus: Support Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, Position and Plan for Business Growth and Investment, Develop Key Sectors Identified in the Marketing Plan, Invest in Infrastructure, and Focus on Foundational Community Economic Development. See below for a list of action items for each are of focus:

The full Economic Development Strategic Plan is available for viewing online.