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Madawaska Valley

Economic Development in the Madawaska Valley

The Madawaska Valley is nestled beside the beautiful Algonquin Park and shares much of the majesty of its neighbour. Local employers use the wilderness, in one form or another, to create a livelihood second to none in Eastern Ontario.

Barry's Bay, Combermere, Wilno: each a unique community, with facilities and festivities that form the basis of rural living. Residents enjoy the comforts of small-town living along with the security of excellent health & education services and first-class amenities that would make a larger centre blush.

Our commercial areas are continuously growing; from fabulous restaurants and taverns to fully-serviced grocery chains and hardware stores to a growing forest-based manufacturing sector, we are the Valley that’s on top of it all.


Renfrew County Economic Development Survey:

In order to better understand the circumstances of the impacts to the businesses and people within the County of Renfrew during the COVID-19 pandemic, please assist us by completing the following short survey. This will help in our efforts to secure economic relief from the provincial and federal governments as well as enable us to better direct the best available information and resources to you. 

As a local business leader, your knowledge and input is critically important in our ability to be able to best ascertain, lobby for and direct needed resources to the local business community during this unprecedented time in our history.

Please complete and submit this survey, which should take less than 10 minutes of your time to complete. The survey results will go a long way to support our ability to achieve economic sustainability for our region through this crisis.

If requested, County of Renfrew Economic Development staff will reach out to you personally as soon as possible.
Thank you for your assistance and support!

April 22, 2020 Updated Information for support for small and mid-sized companies. (pdf)

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Please also complete their survey for Tourism Businesses locally – See Attached TIAO Update

TIAO Tourism Industry Survey 3.0

1️. Fill in our latest survey & help us track the very latest on closures and lay-offs in Ontario.

2. Share with your partners & members

3. Help us shape economic recovery packages

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has announced special support for businesses affected by COVID-19.

Government of Ontario

The Government of Ontario announced their Action Plan to support the health care system, people and jobs affected by COVID-19.

Essential Workplaces 

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Business Opportunity

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is asking suppliers about their ability to provide products and services.

Government of Ontario

Learn more about how your business or organization can help fight coronavirus.

Other Links:

Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Business | Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs | Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 1-877-232-2269 

Keeping you and your employees safe | Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) 1-888-234-2232

Frequently Asked Questions for Canadian Exporters | Export Development Canada

Managing the Impact on Global Supply Chains | Export Development Canada (on-demand Webinar)  

COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises | Ministry of Health

Tourism Business Information & Resources | Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

Emerging AgriWorkforce Issues – COVID-19 | Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC)

Updates and support | Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Information about the COVID-19 response

Government of Canada

Government of Ontario


Get the latest news and information about COVID-19:

·         Province of Ontario - Ministry of Health

·         Government of Canada

·         World Health Organization

Free Online Training 

Various webinars for small business owners | various dates in April | Digital Main Street

Various training modules for Tourism operators & employees |  Anytime | Tourism HR Canada

From e-commerce, video production and website to creating an online persona, check out this Starter Kit from Digital Main Street 

Tourism HR Canada, the not-for-profit behind Emerit Tourism Training, is committed to helping tourism operators and employees through these troubled times, with a vision towards the recovery of our vibrant tourism sector.

As part of this, we are pleased to offer a variety of frontline, supervisory, and managerial online training modules free of charge. These modules can assist with ongoing training needs, as well as giving those whose jobs have been adversely affected by COVID-19 the opportunity to upskill or cross-train.

Ontario At Work

Do you work in the construction sector? Will your working-at-heights training expire soon? The ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is giving you an extra year to renew your training due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Learn more:

Smart Serve Ontario
To help support establishments and the need for more certified food & liquor delivery drivers #AGCO and #SmartServe are partnering to offer free training April 1-30, 2020

To help support licensed establishments and the need to increase the availability of certified delivery drivers, in partnership with the AGCO, if you are a courier/delivery driver you are required to obtain your certification by April 25, 2020

Click to Register

Sessions to support entrepreneurs navigating the COVID-19 crisis | various dates in April | Innovation Guelph

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains | On demand | Export Development Canada (EDC)

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business | On demand | BDC


  • Tourism opportunities still exist to attract scores of visitors traveling annually to the Madawaska Valley and Algonquin Park with the expansion of the Barry's Bay Visitor's Centre now open year-round.

  • Excellent available highway commercial property and opportunities still available
  • Waterfront commercial properties available for those with the next great idea
  • Municipal water & sewer available
  • High-speed DSL available in Barry’s Bay & Combermere
  • Energy opportunities available with sawmill residue
  • Post-secondary education services provided by Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, with approximately 100 students enrolled each year.

Economic Development in the Madawaska Valley Documents