With a population fast approaching 100,000 and a growing community of over 5,000 businesses, Clarington offers what citizens and businesses desire: affordability, proximity to major highway systems and amenities, desired quality of life and a progressive, engaged community. Eyes are on Clarington as the place to grow!
Comprised of four main communities of Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle and Orono, the municipality is home to four of the top 100 largest infrastructure projects in Canada: Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington nuclear refurbishment project; Port Granby soil remediation project; Hwy. 407 east expansion to Hwy. 35/115 and the expansion of the GO Train to Bowmanville – expected to be in service by 2024 – are all significant economic drivers in the community and together represent more than $14 billion in investment.
In addition to the investment in infrastructure, Clarington’s economic core strength stems from business diversity. Manufacturing, retail, tourism, life science, and agriculture are strong sectors. Embedded in the history of the community, agri-business is a top economic driver in Clarington. Clarington has 56,000 acres of cropland, which represents a 3% increase since 2011. There are over 400 working farms and a growing food processing industry. From dairy, eggs, beef, soy beans and grains to apples, apple juice, fruit wine and honey – Clarington continues to respect the impact and importance of agriculture, as farmers play a crucial role in feeding the world.
Clarington is building a foundation in cannabis innovation. With nearly 150 employees and varying skill sets, Clarington has three licenced producers who are in the east end of Bowmanville. Five more growers or cannabis related businesses are at various stages of establishing a footprint in Clarington. It is anticipated this industry will represent close to one thousand skilled jobs including those involved in cultivation, extraction, research & development and product development efforts. There is an evolution into additional markets such as edibles, wellness products, and innovative applications surrounding medicinal use such as puffers, patches and soft gels. As the industry plays a role in enhancing Ontario’s economy through investment, innovation and job creation, Clarington is proud to be of support as they work alongside industry partners to build a centre of excellence in the cannabis industry in Ontario.
With a strong agricultural sector in Clarington, existing talents, resources and skills, CBOT is starting to explore synergies and opportunities surrounding the industrial hemp industry.
Ceresmore Farms, multi-generational farmer Don Rickard and friend & fellow farmer Tom Barrie of Terwidlen Farms.
Algoma Orchards: produces enough apples annually to provide each Canadian with two apples.