The labour force (age 15 and older), has grown to 58.34% and only 4.15% remain unemployed. Top employment remains in the sales and service industries at 30.43%, with jobs in trades, transport and equipment operators taking second place at 17.76%.
The two area school boards are well represented in town, with a total of five elementary schools and two high schools. There are also daycare centers specializing in early childhood education (ECE).
The Renfrew Recreation Department is active. Recreational facilities include the curling club, the Rec Centre, Mat-e-way Activity Centre and the Millennium Trail. The Rec Centre consists of a gymnasium with a stage, multiple meeting areas, as well as a fitness centre. Activities at the Rec Centre include physical activity options for all ages, as well as art and other special interest classes. The grounds around the Mat-e-way Activity Centre hosts baseball and softball fields, soccer pitches, football field, track, tennis club, splash pad, tobogganing hill, fitness trail, play structure, outdoor rink, skate park, fenced in dog park and plenty of room for any other outdoor activity you could think of. Inside Mateway is the ice rink where there are activities planned for everyone from Mom and Tots skating to the Renfrew Millionaires “old-timers” hockey team. The Millennium Trail is a four season walking/biking/snowmobile trail along the old K&P rail line.
Situated halfway between Ottawa and Pembroke off the Trans-Canada Highway 17, it is also a crossroad with Highway 60 to Algonquin Park, and Highway 132 to Gananoque. Renfrew has continued to grow and flourish over the years and is now considered cottage country central. With a quaint, small-town feel, Raglan Street South (Renfrew’s Main Street) is still teeming with Mom and Pop shops, eateries and specialty stores; providing a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Meanwhile, the retail park near Highway #17 is seeing some impressive growth with a number of commercial giants.
The town’s housing market remains affordable, making it ideal for young families and downsizing seniors. As Highway #17 continues to expand into four lanes from nearby Arnprior, commuting to the Ottawa area will keep getting faster, making Renfrew the bedroom community of the future.
The Renfrew Victoria Hospital has been serving our community for over 100 years and currently has over 20 physicians and through agreements with University of Ottawa Hospitals, 25 clinics specializing in almost every field of medicine.
There is a full diagnostic support within the hospital, including staff radiologists and a state-of-the-art dialysis unit. Our land ambulance service, staffed with both Primary and Advanced Care Paramedics can respond to any emergency. There is a helicopter pad at the hospital to address air ambulance transfer needs.
There are multiple assisted-living options for those who are not able to live independently, with varying levels of care. Quail Creek Retirement Centre provides its residents with personal and housekeeping needs, while the Bonnechere Manor and Groves Park Lodge Nursing Homes have round-the-clock bedside care. The newest addition to Renfrew is the Renfrew Hospice which provides 24 hour end-of-life nursing care to individuals experiencing life-threatening or terminal illness.