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Township of Scugog Profile

Land Area: 474.63 Square km
Population: 21,439

The Township of Scugog is located 65 kilometres northeast of Toronto and is comfortably situated amongst the Greenbelt, the Oak Ridges Moraine and Lake Scugog. The Township has a land area of 475 square kilometres, a population of 21,439 and is Toronto’s closest gateway to the Trent-Severn Waterway. It combines the benefits of proximity to a large metropolitan area with the heritage and values of a small community.

Main industries include agriculture, tourism and light manufacturing. The lush agricultural land in the Township is some of the finest and most scenic in Southern Ontario, which forms the backbone of the agricultural economy. Over 400 farm businesses occupy more than 68,000 acres of land and bring in more then $50 million per year in revenues, which ranks agriculture as one of the most important industries in Scugog. Home to a number of industrial companies, the Township is always interested in attracting new investment. With an accessible local workforce, 3 industrial parks, as well as some prime vacant land, Scugog is an excellent place in which to locate a business.

Scugog’s established tourism sector provides visitors access to bed and breakfasts, restaurants, fresh farm markets and attractive events such as the annual Canada Day Celebrations, concerts, dragon boat racing, rowing regattas, cruises, fishing tournaments, classic car shows, agricultural fairs, art exhibitions, award winning winery and the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, which has over 1.25 million visitors annually.

Scugog offers a high quality of health care and high quality of life with easy access to key domestic and North American markets. There is an excellent network of Regional Roads and Provincial Highways as well as access to both GO Transit and Durham Region Transit. Education needs are met with a selection of elementary and secondary schools. The Lakeridge Health Corporation operates a 24 bed hospital, complete with a helicopter pad. The four season resort town of Port Perry is the primary urban centre in the Township. Historic Downtown Port Perry is a magnet for tourists and offers exceptional business opportunities with a view to the future. The Township offers competitive business costs and has a strong economic structure to achieve economic prosperity. Scugog boasts a strong performing arts sector and a wide variety of recreation facilities, community halls, a fully accessible 16,000 square foot LEED silver standard designed library, arts resource centre’s and galleries, fairgrounds, parks, beaches, Trans-Canada and Oak Ridges Moraine trails, the Nonquon Wildlife Preserve and an active Heritage Centre and Museum Village.

The Township of Scugog is in the process of completing the Port Perry Downtown Waterfront Revitalization Project which received 7 million dollars from the Federal and Provincial governments. Developments included a reconstruction of downtown streets, boardwalks and trails, expanding municipal parking lots and an expansion and renovation of the Scugog Memorial Library. These expansions, reconstructions and revitalizations are visible examples of sustainability within the Township as it builds for the future.

Industry # Employed
Agriculture and other resource based 780
Construction 995
Manufacturing 1,550
Wholesale Trade 550
Retail Trade 1,445
Finance and Real Estate 655
Health Care and Social Services 985
Educational Services 1,000
Business Services 1,935
Other Services 2,160

(2006 Stats Canada)