Business Assistance

The Department of Economic Development

The Town of Smiths Falls is committed to supporting the growth needs of existing businesses and assisting potential business investors with new initiatives. The proximity of Smiths Falls to larger centres, such as Ottawa and Kingston, and good transportation linkages make it an attractive, strategic location for business owners.

Starting a business in Smiths Falls provides some financial advantages, as there are no development fees, and water hookup fees are low. Moreover, downtown businesses may benefit from the Town’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP), which provides property owners and tenants with financial incentives to invest in their business. Programs under the CIP include tax-based increment grants, matching grants for interior and exterior property improvements, and reductions in planning and permit fees.

Aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to establish a business in Smiths Falls will also find a good quality of life with a variety of services and amenities, a well-planned infrastructure, and a highly skilled labour force.

The Town of Smiths Falls Department of Economic Development is pleased to offer its assistance and expertise to prospective or existing businesses.

Julia Crowder
Economic Development and Tourism Manager
613-283-4124 ext 1107



The Small Business Advisory Centre

The Small Business Advisory Centre -Smiths Falls/Lanark County  is co-located with Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, County of Lanark Economic Development, in the Regional Centre for Business Development.

The Small Business Advisory Centre is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, in partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls and funding support from the County of Lanark. The geographic area includes all of Lanark County, the Town of Smiths Falls and northern portions of the Townships of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Rideau Lakes and Merrickville-Wolford. Entrepreneurs outside of this area are welcome to use the centre as well, provided they are planning to open or have an existing business in Ontario.

A business advisor is available by appointment to meet with you. We can help you with your questions about small business and provide you with the information you need to get your business going and keep it running smoothly and profitably. We are very resourceful, if there are questions that we can’t answer we can steer you to various other sources for more specialized information.

Cindy James
Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls/Lanark County)
91 Cornelia Street W.Entrance B
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 5L3
(613) 283-7002 ext. 108

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Ontrac Employment Resource Services – Smiths Falls

ontrac Employment Resource Services has been supporting Employers & Businesses in the Smiths Falls community since 2002.  Funded in part by the Government of Ontario and the Federal Government, ontrac Employment Resource services delivers Employment Ontario programs to local employers to assist with their hiring and training needs.  Job Matching, Placement and Incentives (JMPI) aims to help individuals obtain career-related work experience, helps employers to find employees for jobs they are trying to fill, and provides recruitment supports such as job matching, resume screening, job posting, job fairs, etc.  In some cases, wage incentives are provided to employers who hire and help individuals transition into the labour force.


The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) supports skills training for individual(s) that meets the workforce development needs of employers.  Training supported through the Grant is driven by employer demand and must be directly related to the skills that meet their workforce development needs.  Employers may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 per trainee, as reimbursement for training costs.  This program is intended to support employers in taking a greater role in workforce development.

For more information or to see how ontrac can support your business please call, email or drop in to see us!

52 Abbott Street North, Unit 2, Smiths Falls
Phone: 613-283-6978


Valley Heartland

A key part of our mandate is community economic development.

We work alongside community leaders and stakeholders to create plans and implement projects that support business, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities in the region.

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stacie Lloyd
Regional Economic Development Officer
613-283-7002 ext 106

91 Cornelia St W,
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 5L3