About Cornwall

Cornwall is a bustling city located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, just a short hour’s drive from Ottawa and Montreal.  It is one of Canada’s oldest communities - first settled in 1784 by United Empire Loyalists.

Soon after its settlement, Cornwall made important contributions to the province's growth. Owing to its strategic location, Cornwall served as a garrison town, communications and supply post during the War of 1812. Local residents also had influential roles to play, including John Sandfield MacDonald, who would become the first Premier of the Province of Ontario.

Significant chapters in Cornwall's history were written during the latter half of the 19th century as the town emerged as an important industrial centre in Eastern Ontario. New flour, paper and textile mills set up operations, resulting in doubling of the town's population to 4,468 by 1881.

Cornwall also has a rich history of sporting excellence across a wide range of sports and athletics.  These include hockey and lacrosse superstar Newsy Lalonde in the early 1900’s, the Memorial Cup Champion Cornwall Royals and modern day heroes such as Olympian Lori Dupuis, boxing champion Tony Luis and national champion baseball teams.

For the past decade and then some, Cornwall has emerged as an important hub of Canada's supply chain sector, as logistics and transportation companies have located in the Cornwall Business Park. Manufacturing and service sectors are also important economic sectors.

Cornwall is widely viewed as an excellent place to raise a family. There are a number of top-notch recreational amenities, a choice of French and English education, a full-service hospital and a growing college. Housing is affordable, and electrical rates are amongst the lowest in Canada.

In 2011, Cornwall's population posted a modest increase, and now sits at 46,340.

Today, Cornwall is viewed as one of Ontario’s fastest growing economies, with a quality of life second to none. It is a place where you can succeed – and where your family will thrive.