Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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Key Sectors

Manufacturing and Agriculture are the two largest sectors (gross sales) in the local economy. Companies which have located in the City of Kawartha Lakes identified the cost of land, availability of labour and access to markets as being important factors in their choice of location.

Manufacturing opportunities are leading economic growth in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Manufacturing has estimated gross sales of $300 million. There are approximately 120 manufacturers within the City of which over 25% are actively involved in exporting to markets around the Globe. The industrial base is diverse and includes growing numbers of "niche" market manufacturers.

Agriculture has traditionally been a dominant land use and economic force in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Agriculture and agriculturally related businesses generate significant economic activity through direct and indirect employment and through the buying and selling of products, goods and services. The major commodity groups, based on percentage of total gross farm receipts, include cattle (beef & dairy), wheat/grain and oilseed and sheep and goat. The physical characteristics of the area lend themselves to livestock operations, the dairy sector benefits from access to a strongly established agricultural service network and the terrain dictates smaller field sizes which support mixed operations.

The City of Kawartha Lakes is home to a vibrant Arts, Culture and Heritage community with a wide range of artists, arts organizations, galleries, museums, heritage sites and historic societies. Promoting and strengthening these important assets is vital to enable growth of the local creative economy. Investment in arts, culture and heritage produces significant returns both in terms of professional development and local business growth, as well as in terms of the cultural vibrancy of Kawartha Lakes as an attractive location for creative and knowledge-based industries.

The Tourism industry is a significant component of the City's economy. In 2007, tourism contributed about $75 million to the local economy. There is potential for growth in this sector, particularly in the following areas:

  • Eco/nature tourism

  • Education/learning vacations

  • Sustainable development/resource conservation

  • Maintaining healthy lifestyles.

In Retail / Commerce there are over 3,500 businesses throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes. From the large department stores to the small rural general store, you would be hard pressed not to find whatever product or service you were looking for. The average annual spending on merchandise is approximately $600 million.

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