Cornwall is one of the largest cities in Eastern Ontario. It is also one of the oldest settlements in Canada, yet today boasts a modern economy led by forward-thinking companies. The City's location on the St. Lawrence River and its numerous parks and recreational facilities make the City an excellent place to raise a family.

The City of Cornwall has a unique geographic location at the convergence of the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders. It shares its southern border with the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, and Cornwall is one of 14 Ontario border crossings between Canada and the United States.

Cornwall continues to evolve as revitalization projects, environmental initiatives and new business activities combine to improve local economy.

For more about business in Cornwall, please visit Choose Cornwall's website by clicking here.


In addition to low cost land, modest development charges and affordable electrical rates, there are a number of financial assistance programs available to companies investing in Cornwall. These programs are available from different levels of government.

For more information, please click here to visit Choose Cornwall's website.

 Major Employers 

For that last century and a half, Cornwall companies have helped change the world — something that continues to this day.

Traditionally a manufacturing centre, the past 20 years has seen a significant diversification of Cornwall’s economy. Today, the City boasts vibrant retailofficelogistics, and customer service sectors in addition to several strong manufacturing operations.

Whether it is local jeweller Andre Pommier designing rings for couples in Europe, or the world renowned NAV CENTRE hosting air traffic control trainees from around the world, Cornwall companies are making a difference.

Wouldn’t you like to join them? Learn more about the advantages of having a business in Cornwall.


For over 150 years, companies have succeeded in Cornwall because of the people that live here. A strong work ethic is deeply ingrained in the local culture that quite simply makes for a productive, efficient and extremely loyal work force. Some companies have marvelled at turnover rates low enough to turn heads in their respective industries, while other companies are routinely handed projects because their Cornwall operation has proven an ability to get the job done.

Cornwall’s population has remained relatively stable over the past decade, despite strong trends for people to migrate to larger urban centres. The City itself has a population of approximately 46,000, while the surrounding region has grown to over 110,000. Current unemployment levels sit at or slightly below national and provincial levels.

Labour costs are often one of the largest contributors to overall business costs. When taking all benefits into account and adjusting for productivity differences, Canada ranks as one of the leading countries in the world for providing a cost effective workforce. Cornwall itself has lower overall labour costs than many Ontario cities, due in no small part to the overall lower cost of living in the area.

One of the unique aspects of Cornwall’s workforce is its bilingual capabilities. The most recent census indicates nearly half of the local residents have knowledge of both English and French — that’s more than four times the Ontario average. If you need to do business in English, in French, or in both languages, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better workforce anywhere in North America.

Combining the unique bilingual nature of the workforce with its strong work ethic, loyalty and overall lower costs, Cornwall’s demographics makes a strong argument to locate in the region.


With direct connections to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, Cornwall residents are able to travel conveniently to many destinations. Local taxi companies and Cornwall Transit also offer excellent services for people to move around within the City.

Cornwall Transit

Cornwall Regional Airport


For more information, please contact:
Choose Cornwall
100 Water St East
Cornwall, ON K6H 6G4
Phone: 613-933-0074
Fax: 613-933-0745


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Bob Peters
Division Manager, Economic Development
100 Water Street East, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-930-2787 ext. 2268
F.: 613-933-0745
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