Facts about our community

  • Unique quality of life: city services with country benefits!
  • A great place to live, raise a family and grow old
  • Large green spaces, including parks, forests, trails and campings
  • Many natural attractions
  • Recreation, sports, culture and tourism
  • An exciting community of eight municipalities ranked among the top 25 communities to live in Canada (Source: Money Sence Magazine 2018)
  • Move freely and easily!
  • Smooth traffic flow
  • As of the Summer 2021, On-demand PR Transpo Intermunicipal Transit Service to keep you moving
  • Bilingual education, French and English, served by 43 institutions
  • One of the most affordable daycare networks
  • Affordable real estate and rental housing
  • State-of-the-art general hospital (2020 investment of $160M)
  • An easily accessible, bilingual and growing region
  • High-speed broadband network available to 97% of the population of Prescott and Russell

Workforce Benefits

  1. Easily meet official language standards: 85% of Prescott and Russell's population is made up of native French speakers who are fluent and bilingual;
  2. 4.7 million people living within an hour’s drive gives you access to a diverse talent pool: 25% of Prescott and Russell's local population is in the highly active 25-44 age demographic;
  3. The assurance of an educated workforce, professional and scientific knowledge and experienced personnel;
  4. A 2.5% employee turnover rate: 9,000 qualified workers work in the region and even more look for work locally. Ensure sector specific expertise in agriculture, which makes up 10% of jobs.

Benefit from an educated workforce

  • Bilingual employees (French and English)
  • Unemployment rate lower than the Canadian average
  • Large pool of highly qualified workers in various fields
  • Sales and services
  • Trades
  • Business, finance and administration
  • Education and public services
  • Management
  • Health sector
  • Agriculture and agri-food sector

Prescott and Russell Opportunities (OPRO) 2018

You can consult the full Prescott and Russell Opportunities Report, carried out by the eight municipalities of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) having collectively surveyed 562 business owners over a one-year period. This analysis brings to light statistics and reports of action plans to enable municipalities and the region to better meet the needs of businesses and industries and ensure their retention and expansion.