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Economic Development is a priority for the Township of Rideau Lakes. Job growth and local opportunities are a key focus. Our vision is an expanded business base including tourism and farming, while retaining rural character, culture and lifestyle. Our goal is a mix of locally appropriate commercial opportunities that leverage and grow our local resources and assets, with an economic landscape that supports living and working locally, youth retention, and skills and capital attraction and application.

The Economic Development Committee works to assess and generate better understanding of the economic development needs and opportunities, in order to foster a prosperous, growing and progressive community that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

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Rideau Lakes Business Services

Are you planning to start, expand or move your business?

Whether you are a current business owner or are looking to establish a business or invest in our community, we look forward to helping you.

  • Book a meeting with Planner Malcolm Norwood about your property, zoning and building needs. He will help you work through the planning steps toward a successful project.
  • To discuss your plans for establishing a business or investing in our community, contact CAO Michael Dwyer. He will help connect you with local businesses and economic development agencies to help make your ideas a reality.
  • Contact details can be found on the Staff page.

Community Profile

Rideau Lakes Community Profile gives current and prospective businesses and investors information about the demographics, business advantages, quality of life and infrastructure of Rideau Lakes.

Business Directory

Rideau Lakes Business Directory  is offered through the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville (UCLG) free of charge. The Directory allows for your business to be searched by name, service, key words and municipality. Owners are encouraged to register their business. Owners determine how much information they wish to include with their listing and are responsible for updating their profile as needed.

Home-Based Business

Home Based Business Brochure The Township of Rideau Lakes has many home-based businesses operating within it. Resident often say the benefits come from choosing their own hours and from being their own boss. With the support of the Township and several resources, home-based business owners find there is little risk and many rewards to operating their own company.

Community Improvement Plan Grants and Incentives

Community Improvement Plan Grants and Incentives

The Delta Community Improvement Plan provides grants and incentives to support new development and the rehabilitation of existing residential properties and commercial businesses.

Business Resources

“How To” Start Guides

Here are some links to Ontario-based guides to starting your small business, based on the major industries in the Rideau Lakes area.

Bed & Breakfast


Crafts & Artisans


Restaurant & Catering

Retail Business

Contacts and Resources

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office

Works with investors as well as new and existing businesses and industries to provide new opportunities for our communities.

Valley Heartland CFDC

Offers entrepreneurs and communities in Lanark County and North Leeds access to funding, training and mentorship.

Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre

Offers entrepreneurs free, one-to-one support for business planning, market analysis and e-business. Eligible entrepreneurs can receive grants and training to start a new business.

Futurpreneur Canada

Offers financing, mentoring, marketing tips, accounting help and much more to make growing your company easier. Ideal for ages 18-39

Invest in Ontario

Offers an array of government incentive programs and services that can lower corporate taxes and help businesses save on labour costs, Research & Development, and expansion activities.


Provides advice, research, programs and funding to advance the agri-food sector.

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE)

Helps transitioning personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces with the education, training, tools and resources they need to start and run successful businesses.