Demographics and Statistics

sunset on Penetang Bay

Embracing 400 years of history, 4 cultures and 4 seasons, Penetanguishene is a picturesque bilingual community at the southern tip of peaceful and beautiful Georgian Bay.

The Town of Penetanguishene (meaning "the place of the rolling white sands" in Abinaki) Penetanguishene has a unique urban form oriented towards the water with rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands and picturesque views.

The town has a significant concentration of Franco-Ontarians. It is one of only three communities in Central and Southwestern Ontario where the population of francophones exceeds the prov incial average of five percent. The town is also 12.6% Métis, compared to the provincial average of 0.6%.

Demographics Population, Labour Force, Income, Wages, Major Employers, Community Facilities

Incorporated on February 22, 1882, this thriving bilingual community has grown to approximately 9,600 residents offering a unique combination of lifestyle and business opportunities. 

Overall economic development strategies include workforce development, strategic alliances and partnerships, business recruitment, tourism development, and downtown revitalization can contribute to a healthy and growing central business district.

Major Employers

Penetanguishene is home to major institutions such as the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, the Central North Correctional Centre and the upcoming expansion of Georgian Manor/Georgian Village. With major industries like Techform Products and CCL Containers, Penetanguishene has a stable and skilled workforce to offer.  Educational facilities include six (6) elementary schools and two (2) secondary schools, under the jurisdiction of five (5) different school boards. Georgian College campus is located in the nearby Town of Midland.

The tourist industry is also a major employer with five (5) marinas and home of the Ontario Marine Operators Association. The Town operates a Tourist Information Centre at the Historical Port of Penetanguishene with marina and launching ramp. The Town also has over 69 hectares (170 acres) of parkland, three ball fields, several playgrounds and kilometres of trails.