Economic Profile of Pembroke

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Learn about the advantages of doing business in Pembroke!

In this section you will find information about Pemborke, our major industries and our labour force. Should you require any further information, or if you have any questions about doing business in Pembroke please contact Heather Salovaara, Economic Development Officer at [email protected] or 613-735-6821 ext. 1500


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The City of Pembroke is known as “the heart of the Ottawa Valley”, situated a short drive to Algonquin Park and just 90 minutes from our Nation’s capital, Pembroke is the ideal mix of urban and rural.

Conveniently situated alongside the scenic Ottawa River in the eastern region of Ontario, Pembroke is serviced by all major overland routes within Renfrew County and is strategically located on Trans Canada Highway #17. Provincial highways #41 and #60 provide quick access to southern Ontario. U.S. border crossings at Gananoque, Ontario and Ogdensburg, New York are just three hours from Pembroke. Pembroke is the largest commercial service centre between Ottawa and North Bay.

Market Access & Transportation

Pembroke and Area Airport is just 10 km from downtown and is one of the most advanced regional terminals in Canada. A 5000 foot runway accommodates both corporate business and charter travel. There is also parking for 55-70 small aircraft and a full range of air transport services, reservations and service garages.

Ottawa International Airport is the closest passenger terminal for domestic and international travel. Several limousine firms offer daily shuttle service to/from Pembroke.

From Pembroke to Km Hours
North Bay
New York City
Labour Force & Largest Employers

Pembroke has a diverse and skilled workforce. Continued investment in the Pembroke Regional Hospital, the Superior Court House, Algonquin College, and the retail, service, and manufacturing sectors has meant more employment opportunities in Pembroke. The continued expansion of Garrison Petawawa and CNL has also contributed very positively to our local economy, creating an increased demand for products and services. 

Labour Force by Industry (Age 15+)

Industry Labour Force
Retail Trade 1,095
Healthcare and social assistance 996
Public administration 681
Manufacturing 592
Educational Services 509
Construction 493
Accomodation and food services 465

Labour Force Participation (Age 15+)

Total Labour Force 12,687
Participation Rate: 54%
Employment Rate: 50%
Unemployment Rate 8%

Pembroke & Area Largest Employers

Private Employer                                                                                        Public Employer

Employer Name # of Employees
HGS 700
KI Pembroke 550
Cassidy's Transfer 200
Pembroke MDF 110
Herb Shaw & Sons Lumber 120
Empolyer Name # of Employees
Renfrew County District Sch. Bd 1,200
Pembroke Regional Hospital 800
Renfrew County Cathloic Sch. Bd 550
Paramed Health Services 200
Algonquin College  145

Pembroke is a “smart community”, with a fully redundant fibre optic ring around the city with frame relay services and an asynchronous transfer mode over sonet ring. Several telcos offer business services and solutions in Pembroke, we also have local Internet Service Providers that supply high-speed. Our telecommunications companies include:

Ottawa River Energy Solutions

  • Has a fully redundant fibre loop around the City of Pembroke with many 'last mile' connections for businesses
  • Offers a range of bandwidth solutions with options available from 10Mbps to 10Gbps
  • Private local loop networking via dark fibre leasing available 
  • Contact: Justin Allen, Customer Service, IT & Engineering Manager, [email protected]; 613-732-3687 


  • Offers DSL for businesses for speeds of 25Mpbs down and 1 Mpbs up depending on distance from Bell's Centreal Office
  • Offers fibre optic solutions for businesses on request


NRTC Communications


Household Income & Real Estate

Income and Real Estate (2015 StatsCan Data)

Median private household income (2009) $51,051
Average value of owned dwelling $222,994
% of owned dwellings 61%
% rented dwellings 39%
Electricity Residents and businesses within the City of Pembroke recieve electricity through Ottawa River Power Corporation. Ottawa River Power Corporation's rates are up to 30% lower than Hydro One.  Ottawa River Power...