In 2011, Renfrew (Town) had a population of 8,218, representing a percentage change of 4.7% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.
Land area is 12.77 square kilometres with a population density of 643.5 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.
In 2011, Renfrew (Town) had 3,779 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 6.5%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.
Population and dwelling counts
Renfrew (Town) – Neighbouring census subdivisions
Census subdivision (CSD) name
Table 1 Renfrew (Town) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
In 2011, the number of census families2 in Renfrew was 2,230, which represents a change of -0.2% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.
In Renfrew, 63.2% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 15.0% were common-law-couples and 21.7% were lone-parent families.
Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Renfrew, 36.7% were couples with children aged 24 and under at home. In comparison, as a whole, 46.9% of couples in Canada had children aged 24 and under at home.
In Renfrew, 51.0% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (41.4%) or living with a common-law partner (9.6%).
The remaining 49.0% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.
There were 3,780 private households3 in Renfrew in 2011, a change of 6.5% from 2006. Of these, 16.7% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -13.7% compared with five years earlier.
In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Renfrew, was 24.3%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 61.4% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 14.3%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.
0 to 14
15 to 64
65 and over
In 2011, the median age in Renfrew, was 48.8 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.
Statistics Canada reported the average earnings of Renfrew residents in 2000 as $35,811, or roughly 31% lower than the provincial average and 5% lower than the county average. Further, the town reports, relative to the population size and compared to the province as a whole, fewer positions in management, business, finance, administration and natural or applied sciences, while there was greater than the provincial rates of occupation in sales and service, trades, transport and equipment operators, processing, manufacturing and utilities.
Traffic Flow & Accessibility
Renfrew is located one hour west of Ottawa in Eastern Ontario and is a transportation hub connecting Highway 60 and Highway 132 with the Trans-Canada Highway.
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Parking Time Limits
Raglan Street South
Three (3) hour time limit from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, from Opeongo Road to Munroe Ave.
One (1) hour time limit, from Plaunt St. to Raglan St.
No time limit but parking is prohibited from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily
Municipal Parking Permits
Permits are issued to residents of Grigg Avenue, Moore Street, and Raglan Street North. (from Bruce Street to Grigg Avenue)
Parking is restricted to permit holders only, as follows:
Grigg Avenue and Moore Street:
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Raglan Street North:
(from Bruce Street to Grigg Avenue)