More for You in Renfrew County Just west of the nation’s capital, in the Ottawa Valley, lies the biggest county in Ontario. It ranges from Arnprior on the edge of Ottawa, west to Deep River and Laurentian Hills, and southwest to the Madawaska Valley, Barry’s Bay and Algonquin Park. There, many surprises await you. It starts with a sense of community, a special quality of life, and space to wander and explore. “We have a style of living here that’s allowed Renfrew County to grow a diverse economy around our heritage industries of agriculture and forestry, to include manufacturing, scientific research and development, aerospace, defence and security, tourism and media,” said Alastair Baird, head of Renfrew County’s economic development department. [ 42 ] stuffmadeandbuilt.ca
“Our employers draw partners, suppliers and customers from just down the road in Ottawa, across North America and around the world.” The region features an interesting mix of industry and employment opportunities. With more people working remotely than ever, even your commute won’t hold you back anymore. “We can get to work via fibre on the internet, a car, on foot or by bike,” quips one local. One example of a local company looking to expand its workforce is Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s largest nuclear science and technology centre. “Over the past two years we have looked very carefully at our capabilities, our skill sets and people, and identified those areas in which we are uniquely equipped to respond to global challenges in health, in energy, and in climate change,” commented Dr. Kathy McCarthy, vice president of research and development with CNL. “As CNL enters this period of organizational growth, our biggest challenge will be
to augment our high-calibre research and development team, build strength in new capability areas, and effectively replace those who are planning to retire.” In addition to your dream job, your dream home can be more than just a fantasy, with lower housing and rental costs than major urban areas. A low crime rate, excellent health care services and multiple school boards make the county of Renfrew an ideal place to raise a family. New apartment buildings, urban housing developments, and rural resort and waterfront housing are springing up across Renfrew County. Plus, with the region’s lakes, rivers and forests, there’s something for everyone in all seasons. From canoeing, stand-up paddling, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and hiking, to fishing, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, your opportunities to be active and in nature are endless.