Gananoque Investment Profile

Gananoque Investment Profile

The Town of Gananoque is internationally recognized as the Canadian Gateway to the 1000 Islands. This beautiful region has developed into a world class destination for visitors, residents and businesses.

General Community Profile

The Town of Gananoque is a strategic business location which boasts no development fees, streamlined processes and is able to bring together the team and resources to help your business. 

As of 2016 Statistics Canada reported Gananoque having a population of 5,159 residents. However, Gananoque and the 1000 Islands welcomes over a million visitors each year.  With a vibrant tourism sector and influx of guests, the Town has much to offer for people of all ages including diverse businesses, entertainment, recreation and services. 

The Town is located on the Detroit/Windsor-Montreal corridor on Highway 401, along this route resides two thirds of Canada's population, and 280 km East of Toronto, 250 km West of Montreal, and 150 km South of Ottawa, via Hwy 416. Access to the United States and its markets is only 15 km East of Gananoque at the 1000 Islands International Bridge, which connects Hwy 401 to U.S. Interstate 81.

Major Employers

Gananoque's community has a variety of businesses. The primary industrial sectors are light manufacturing, transportation, and services. Below indicates the largest employers for the private sector and public sector of Gananoque.

Largest Private Sector Employers

# of Employees

Shorelines Casino

Cardinal Health


Home Hardware




Gananoque Boat Line


Carveth Care Centre


Gananoque Chevrolet and Cadillac


No Frills




*Data verified as of 2018



Largest Public Sector Employers

# of Employees

Town of Gananoque


*Data verified as of 2018


Economic Development Strategy

The Economic Development Strategy is a living document that can direct the economic development activities with a focus on achieving the goals and objectives.  This road map deliberately focuses on the need for business retention and expansion, investment attraction, place making, tourism development and improved regional collaboration, communication, outreach and partnership. This document will adapt to local changes and opportunities as they arise. 

Town of Gananoque Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025