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Economic Development

We are a source for economic development information and assistance. We provide guidance to site selectors and business owners wanting to invest, relocate or expand their company in our Township. As Facilitators, we encourage the creation of partnerships and opportunities to promote residential and commercial development, as well as provide resources and solutions to encourage strong and sustainable growth.

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Industrial Characteristics

Residents in the Township of Russell work in all three industrial sectors: primary, secondary and tertiary. Historically, the Township's industry was primarily agricultural in nature. This has changed however; there has recently been a decrease in agriculturally based work, a decrease in manufacturing and an increase in service-industry related work.

Agricultural Industry

Although there has been a decrease in the amount of people working in agriculture, it is still an important presence in the Township. Dairy and cattle farms dominate the industry in the Township of Russell. With respect to dairy farming, the Township of Russell has the highest rate in Eastern Ontario for total shipments of milk to processing plants. This fact highlights the success of the dairy industry in the Township.

Looking Towards The Future

The Township of Russell is located within the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, to the east of the City of Ottawa, and within the Ottawa–Gatineau Census Metropolitan Area. One of the key factors affecting growth in the Township of Russell is its proximity to the City of Ottawa urban area, which continues to grow steadily. The Township is primarily rural in nature, with most of the population concentrated in the communities of Embrun and Russell. The current demographic profile of the Township is one of a younger and increasingly English-speaking population. As expected, based on its primarily rural character, employment growth has been based largely on local services and rural activities


Official plan

The Township is currently review its Official Plan, an extensive project which requires the participation of the residents and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.. A draft is presently available at the Planning and Building Department.

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