Why Smiths Falls?

We offer a strong support system for businesses, whether start-up, midsize or established enterprises. We’re working hard to make sure we have the tools you need to establish your business, and have it prosper.
It costs less to operate a business in Smiths Falls. IN the KNOW magazine listed Smiths Falls as having the second lowest business costs in the world. How do we do this? We work with economic development strategies that maximize efficiencies in our infrastructure, we have low water hook-up fees, plus we have a stock of investor-ready industrial space, at an affordable price. Open your business here, for less. 
Smiths Falls sits at the center of a transportation hub for vehicular, rail, water, and aerial traffic. We are:
  • A destination and route for passenger and freight train lines. VIA Rail provides daily passenger service to and from Ottawa and Kingston, while the CNR and CPR freight trains also pass directly through Smiths Falls.
  • A conduit for water traffic. The Rideau Canal runs through the center of Smiths Falls and offers a water-based mode of transportation.
  • A flight destination for aerial traffic. The Russ Beach Smiths Falls-Montague Airport is located  just outside of Smiths Falls, and can accommodate small passenger planes and air delivery services.


Import Export routes


 City AirportKMMILES


Ottawa International Airport  66 41 
Kingston Norman Rogers Airport 100  62

Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport

Mirabel International Airport






Billy Bishop International Airport

Lester B. Pearson International Airport





Syracuse, NY Hancock International Airport  231 143

The town of Smiths Falls is only a short drive to Carleton Place, and from there it’s a straight shoot to the City of Ottawa on a major four-lane highway. The city of Kingston is 1.5 hours away, and Brockville is 45 minutes. VIA Rail runs right through the town of Smiths Falls, and will take you to Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, and beyond. 


Location KMMILES
Ottawa                                                                                        78 48
Perth 19 11
Carleton Place 29 18
Brockville 51 31
Kingston 96 59
Toronto 343 213
Montreal 250 155
Over the past several years, Smiths Falls has invested more than $50 million into municipal infrastructure, including a new hospital, new arena, and updates to water treatment and sewer plant. Most recently our main street through town went under a major redevelopment, now complete with brand new infrastructure to accommodate the rapid growth we are experiencing. With this strong commitment to creating sustainable  infrastructure, Smiths Falls is well positioned for continued growth.

Smiths Falls is committed to fostering a strong, diverse community that will attract investors and entrepreneurs. Our comprehensive Economic Development strategy is focused on working with innovative entrepreneurs in industries like food processing, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, emerging technologies, and Tourism which is one of our largest generators of local GDP.

We offer in-person communication with prospective investors. This means less time spent navigating municipal regulations and the opportunity for sit-down, face to face engagement. Contact us today to learn more about all the reasons why Smiths Falls is where you want your business to call home. 


Statistics Canada Census, 2021Smiths FallsOntario
Population 2021 9,254  14,223,942
Population Percentage Change 2016 to 2021 5.4 5.8
Population Density/Sq.km.  958.1  15.9
Land Area in square kilometers  9.66  892,441.76
Average age of population 2021  45.4  41.8
Median age of population 2021  47.2  41.6
Average household income  72,100  116,000
Average Full Year, Full Time Worker income  57,100 82,400 
 (Source: Statistics Canada Census, 2021)    
Previous Census Comparisons
Statistics Canada Census, 2016                         Smiths FallsOntario
Population 2016  8,780  13,448,494
Population Percentage Change 2011 - 2016  -2.2  4.6
Population Density/Sq.km.  909.1  14.8

Land Area in square kilometers

 9.66  908,699.33
Average age of Population 2016  44.7  41.0
Median age of population 2016  48.1  40.6
Average household income  57,432  97,856
Average Full Year, Full Time Worker income  48,350  68,628
(Source: Statistics Canada Census, 2016)    


View our Investor Profile - 2021

Investor Profile


For more information on investment and development opportunities in the Town of Smiths please contact the Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, Julia Crowder at 613-283-4124 x 11007 or by email at jcrowder@smithsfalls.ca 

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