Community Profile

Principal Demographic and Geographic Characteristics

Information based on the Statscan 2016 census.

Area 729.22 km2
Population More than 10,300
Towns and villages Newboro, Chaffey’s Lock, Elgin, Delta & Portland
Predominant language English
Population density 14.2 / km2
Average age 48.5
Average total household income $42,576


Principle Industries

Many companies find value through our low tax rate and close proximity to larger cities. While the types and sizes of our industries can vary greatly, they each offer opportunities for of employment and growth.


Farming is a tradition that has always been practised in the municipality. Over a thousand farms are within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, with hay being the primary crop, followed by grain, corn and soybeans. Apples are considered the largest fruit crop, and sweet corn is the primary vegetable grown here. Many residents enjoy eating the locally grown produce and are able to purchase directly from the farmer or through one of our markets.


Contractors are pleased to find the process to obtain a building permit is quick and easy. It takes an average of 5 days after a completed building application is submitted for it to be reviewed, far exceeding the 10 days permitted under the Ontario Building Code.

Home-Based Businesses

The Township of Rideau Lakes has many home-based businesses operating within it. Residents 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.

Retail Trade and Food Services

Many of our communities have their own stores and restaurants to cater to the 10,000 residents who call Rideau Lakes home. Offering unique shopping experiences and homemade meals, these businesses are often the heart of the community.


Rideau Lakes is known for its unmeasurable beauty and activities, and our tourism industry highlights this. Whether someone is a seasonal resident or visiting from afar, many businesses cater to the summer influx of people. Various accommodation options are located along many of our waterways and within communities to provide a haven for travellers. Other businesses offer rental options to enjoy both land and water in order to provide an experience for all to remember. Extended hours and special events separate Rideau Lakes from other destinations as being the place to visit time and time again.

Township of 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.

Rideau Lakes Township Logo

1439 County Road 8, Delta, ON K0E 1G0

613-928-2251 or 1-800-928-2250

Fax: 613-928-3097


Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After-Hours Road Emergency


Portland Transfer Station

4427H Old Kingston Road, Portland
1-800-928-2250 ext. 285
Open: Wednesdays & Saturdays
8:00am to 4:00pm