Northumberland County: Canadian communities

Just like many other Canadian communities, Northumberland County has that unique northern spirit. We’ll be providing information about small Canadian communities in an effort to shine a spotlight on these hidden gems.


Living in Northumberland County makes for a better commute than many other small Canadian communities. It’s located only 30 minutes east of Ajax and Oshawa and within an hour and a half drive from both Toronto and Kingston. Northumberland County is serviced by both Hwy 401 and Hwy 407.  The community’s close distance to Toronto and affordable housing rates make for a diverse population. There are about 85,598 people living in Northumberland County. The community’s boundaries stretch east-west from Port Hope to Brighton and north to Trent Hills, with Lake Ontario to its south. Northumberland can also be accessed by boat from Rice Lake and the Trent-Severn Waterway. Northumberland County consists of seven municipalities. You can learn more about these municipalities by visiting the Northumberland County website.


Northumberland County offers an abundance of affordable housing in its historic towns, scenic rural areas and waterfront locations. The average cost of a house in Northumberland County is $470,233 which is cheaper than Ontario’s average house price of $573,396.

Northumberland works with its local agencies to make sure everyone has a safe and affordable place to live. Those with low to moderate income can apply for Northumberland County’s Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) units. There are additional housing supports and services for those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.


Northumberland County offers a workplace built on mutual trust and respect; a team-oriented environment where people are the most important source. In fact, it’s recognized as one of the best workforces in Eastern Ontario.

Northumberland County has a variety of services and facilities for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them grow.

The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) in Colborne supports farmers and foodies by offering:

  • Fruit and vegetable processing
  • Packaging services
  • Food storage
  • Commercial kitchen facilities
  • Business services and conference room facilities

The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN) in Cobourg supports entrepreneurs and small business by offering:

  • Free consultations with skilled business consultants
  • Guidance for developing business and marketing plans
  • Business seminars, workshops and educational activities
  • Guidance on licenses, permits, registration and regulations required to start and build a business
  • Access to mentorship, business coaching and networking opportunities

Northumberland County offers government-supported training in order to keep employees and employers on the ball. The award-winning Community Training and Development Centres offer professional development and training courses. Northumberland also offers a comprehensive benefits plan designed to meet the needs of all full-time employees.


Northumberland’s educational system features many athletics and arts programs to help keep the community a bright, competitive and interactive environment. These programs are meant to attract families, employers and employees alike.

There are many educational institutions in the area with 42 elementary schools, 6 secondary schools, 4 independent schools as well as public and catholic school boards. In addition, there are about 5 universities and colleges all within a 50 km radius.

Health Care

Northumberland County has excellent health care. There are two community hospitals, as well as skilled doctors, dentists, optometrists and other medical service professionals. You must have an Ontario government Health Card to access any of the community’s health services. You should begin looking for a doctor as soon as you get your card.


Northumberland County welcomes newcomers and boasts that it’s a great place to live and work. The Northumberland Immigration Portal provides information on how the community support newcomers and immigrants.


Northumberland’s Economic Development Team helps companies set up quickly and links them to the resources they need. The top five leading sectors in Northumberland County are:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • agriculture and food processing
  • plastics
  • small businesses
  • tourism

For more information on Northumberland county development, click here.

Doha Hanno Publicist, Parsai Immigration Services

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