The Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation serves the communities of Mattawa, Bonfield, Papineau-Cameron, Mattawan and Calvin. From its rich cultural and resource based industrial history and quality-of-life benefits, to its growing economy and competitive advantages for businesses, The Mattawa-Bonfield region , an area of approximately 30 kms, is a great place to live, work and play.
Being a multi-culture community with strong roots to their First Nations, French and English heritage, and being strategically located along Highway 17, the Trans-Canada highway, this region was historically a significant focal point for industries such as the fur trade, forestry and agriculture. In fact, it was due to the impact and growth of these industries that these five communities grew and evolved into a region that is currently home to over 6,000 residents.
Strategically located along Highway 17 corridor .
Bilingual labour force.
A larger percentage of persons possessing trades and technical certifications than the provincial average.
Low cost of doing business, including affordable real estate, low taxes and development charges.
Numerous government incentive programs available.
With these, and many more, competitive advantages, The Mattawa- Bonfield region is a great place to do business.
Quality of Life
Short commute times from home to work.
Affordable real estate.
New industrial park open for business.
New regional hospital.
French and English primary as well as secondary schools.
A region rich in natural resources offering a 4 season playground that is second to none. From its pristine waterways to its beautiful forests, the Mattawa-Bonfield region’s residents’ qualify of life is synonymous with the activities they immerse themselves; boating, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling, ATVing, fishing, hiking, skiing, and riding a 300+ km multi-use trail system.
The area was first inhabited by Indigenous Peoples who used the Mattawa River as an important transportation corridor for many centuries. In 1610, Étienne Brûlé and in 1615, Samuel de Champlain were the first Europeans to travel through the Mattawa area. For some 200 years thereafter, it was a link in the important water route leading from Montreal west to Lake Superior. Canoes travelling west up the Ottawa turned left at “the Forks” (the mouth of the Mattawa) to enter the “Petite Rivière” (“Small River”, as compared to the Ottawa), before continuing on to Lake Nipissing.
The Mattawa-Bonfield region features a cultured past, and remnants of its rich history can be found here today.