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Why Hastings Highlands?

Cost of Competitiveness

  • No Development Fees
  • Affordable Real Estate
  • Amongst the lowest commercial / industrial property tax rates in the region
  • Lower cost of living
  • Skilled, dedicated, hardworking labour at reasonable rates
  • Eligible for Government Incentives

No Development Fees

The Municipality of Hastings Highlands encourages development by not charging any development fees:
Compare the saving from southern Municipalities ($1850, $3000, $3500 and more).

Affordable Real Estate

New investors suggest that affordable real estate was one of the biggest factors that brought them into the region.

Amongst the Lowest Commercial / Industrial Property Tax Rates in the Region

In 2016 the commercial property tax rate is x 0.02089437 %.
Property tax is calculated based on MPAC assessed value where Assessment Value X % = Total Property Tax

Therefore affordable real estate not only saves investors money with the bank, but also in property taxes each year!

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Lower Cost of Living

In 2017 the local Real Estate Board reported that the average sale price of residential property from MLS listings was approx. $225,000 within the Municipality of Hastings Highlands

Quality of Place

At the edge of Algonquin Park and in the heart of Ontario’s Highlands, Hastings Highlands is home to the communities of Maynooth, Lake St Peter, Birds Creek, Baptiste, Maple Leaf and Purdy. The wilderness and culture of our area attract a diverse range of people year-round. Parks, trails and the rugged beauty of our natural surroundings provide for both adventure and peaceful connection with nature. We offer a quiet, slower pace of life. A rich cultural and social life is also available through vibrant community events and lively library programming.

The Area

The area is home to many visual artists, art galleries and museums and offers unique ways of experiencing local heritage. Neighbour to many more exceptional natural settings and communities such as Combermere, Palmer Rapids, Rockingham, Barry’s Bay, Whitney, Bancroft, Wilno, Haliburton and the Ottawa Valley the area has no shortage of sport and recreation activities for all seasons.

The Schools

Hastings Highlands has two Public Schools (JK-6): Maynooth Public School and Birds Creek Public School. Both schools host After School Care programs Monday – Friday provided by North Hastings Children’s Services.

Birds Creek Public School offers a spacious library, full-size gymnasium, and well-equipped playground.

Maynooth Public School is home to the Algonquin Nation’s Inodewiziwin Child and Family Center, achieved OPHEA Healthy Schools Silver in 2018, worked with Harvest the North in 2017 to create community gardens with the students and has access to Hastings Highlands’ library and gym facilities.

Bus service is provided for children attending these schools and is also provided for those attending Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School (JK-8), North Hastings High School (7-12) and York River Public School (JK-6) where students in grades 5 and 6 may choose to enroll in the extended French program.

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For adults wishing to pursue post-secondary education in a rural environment they may want to peruse the course calendars for Haliburton School of Art and Design (Fleming College) and Loyalist College. These higher learning institutions offer a range of certificate and diploma programs in media, arts, design, trade skills, culinary management, justice studies and more.

Labour & Incentives

  • Skilled, Dedicated, hardworking labour at reasonable rates
  • Eligible for Government Incentives