The Town of Collingwood has experienced steady population growth in the past decade.
With the largest population of any municipality in the area, Collingwood functions as the major commercial centre for northwest Simcoe County and northeast Grey County, servicing an overall trade area of approximately 75,000 people. In 2011, Collingwood’s permanent / recreational population was approximately 24,600.
The Town of Collingwood accounts for approximately half of all business activity including retail sales in the region and has a substantial health, manufacturing, financial and knowledge-based employment
foundation. Collingwood benefits from the surrounding visitor attractions and has a strong base of accommodation and food businesses.
Collingwood is the location of the Regional Hospital and a wide range of other personal and business services. The region is seen as one economic corridor, with strong labour mobility within a 20 minute commute.
Collingwood has seen a significant shift towards the tourist-related service industries in the past 30 years, and has built up a reputation of being a great home base for visiting both the winter ski resorts to the west and the summer beach attractions to the east. Despite this move to a more service-focused economy, Collingwood’s manufacturing base remains relatively healthy, and a source of a significant number of regional jobs.
Today, the Collingwood area is a major tourist destination for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Collingwood is a welcoming community with impressive residential growth and quality of life. The community maintains a small town feel while offering big city amenities and providing unparalleled recreational opportunities year-round.