NEW & CURRENT
If you are new here, welcome! We are pleased that you chose our community. We want to make your home with us comfortable and enjoyable. In this section of the website you will find everything you need to know about living in Cochrane. It’s also a great place for current residents simply looking for community tips.
SKILLED LABOURERS IN DEMAND
Over the last two years the Town of Cochrane has made efforts to market its municipality in order to attract youth and skilled labour force to our community. If you are new to our community or are considering Cochrane as your new home, we are here to help. Keep an eye out for job postings announced on the website or on the Jobs in Cochrane website.
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Top Five Reasons To
RELOCATE TO COCHRANE
Cochrane is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Northern Ontario. The moderate property taxes, cost of housing and rise in property prices continue to make Cochrane attractive to those relocating from other communities. Cochrane is fortunate to have some very attractive assets not typical of rural Northern Ontario, including the world renowned Polar Bear Habitat. That’s right, Cochrane has polar bears, real live ones and is currently the home of Ganuk and Henry. Over 12 000 people visited our bears last year, some even go to swim with the bears!
Fast growing job market
One of the few communities in Northern Ontario to have experienced growth in the last few years, Cochrane’s economic landscape offers job & investment opportunities for just about every sector. Cochrane top employable industries include mining, forestry, transportation, finance, health care and administrative occupations.
Readily accessible health care services
Cochrane is part of the M.I.C.’s (Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane) group of medical services, which is an organization of the hospitals that use the strengths of their synergy to provide top tier medical services to our area. While providing leading edge medical services with the most modern of equipment, Lady Minto Hospital in Cochrane also has a resident surgeon and is one of the few in Northeastern Ontario with this important asset. At the same time, Cochrane has a full compliment of family physicians that ensures everyone of it’s citizens has a family living in the town that’s wonderfully unexpected.
Small town, big amenities
With some of the lowest property taxes in Northeastern Ontario, Cochrane provides the highest quality of northern living at competitive cost to the tax payer. While keeping property taxes competitive, Cochrane has managed to do so without limiting the services and assets it offers to the community. From a world class tourist attraction in the Polar Bear Habitat, to a modern and highly regarded Tim Horton Events Centre, modern schools, and high caliber recreation and festivals that rank amongst the most prominent in the province. Cochrane truly understands how to provide the best of services at the most competitive of costs.
Purchase your home or business to build equity
Homeownership in Cochrane continues to thrive at a rate of 76%, much higher than the provincial average. The cost of resale property in Cochrane has climbed over the past several years and appears to be at the high end of Northern Ontario communities in terms of growth. Buy a home or business here and enjoy one of the few opportunities in Northern Ontario to secure your investment and even grow it. Plus enjoy the benefits of lower electricity rates (up to 20%). This makes Cochrane the choice for small and large business, as well as those homeowners who could use this disposable income to inject back into our already vibrant economy.
Active lifestyle & northern hospitality
Looking for an active lifestyle that takes you beyond the hustle and bustle of the city, and looks further than the rural amenities of the countryside. Get to hockey practice in 5 minutes, get to your cottage within 15 minutes and access the solitude of the fishing lakes and wilderness in as little as 45 minutes; all without traffic jams.
You are not short of recreational and social amenities in Cochrane whether you are 5 or 85. Cochrane has something for everyone. You can see most sports clubs out at our annual Welcome to Cochrane showcase. The Town of Cochrane encourages its residents to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and promotes affordable programming through its Doable Neighbourhood Project initiatives and through its relatively new recreational complex the Tim Horton Events Centre.
Finding A Home In
YOUR NEW TOWN
Cochrane’s property values are actually appreciating. Buy a home or business here and enjoy one of the few opportunities in Northern Ontario to secure your investment and even grow it. Cochrane has a variety of real estate agents that can help you find your dream home in our community or the perfect lot to build your dream home.
Finding Employment In
While Cochrane has a varied assortment of employment opportunities, a solid concentration of the jobs are in the manufacturing, retail trade, health care, social assistance, transportation, warehousing, public administration and educational service fields. Studies have shown that Cochrane has a competitive advantage in a number of fields, most notably agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, mining, oil and gas extraction, transportation and warehousing.
The Employment Councillors at the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board serve to help newcomers and residents access employment in our community. Contact the Employment Resource office for an appointment today, so that they can help match your qualifications to the right career.
NORTHERN JOB PORTAL
A job portal, segmented by northern communities, has been created to make it easier for people to find hundreds of current, regional job opportunities for full-time and part-time employment.
This is the place for job seekers and employers to connect in Ontario’s Northeast, which includes the Town of Cochrane and area. For more information, simply visit the Explore Your Options website and find a job that suits you just right.
Discover the list of available job notices that have been posted directly to our website. Simply click on the postings to learn more about potential employment for locals or for those who plan to make the big move.
DOABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECT
The Doable Neighbourhood Project was launched in 2014 by the Town of Cochrane and 8-80 Cities. Focus groups, surveys, and activities were conducted to determine the needs and desires of the community when it came to reshaping infrastructure to support active transportation such as walking and cycling as well as promoting the use of existing parks and public spaces.
In it’s current form, the Doable Neighbourhood Project provides a Bike Share, a Book Share, Watercraft Rental, and Snowshoe/Ski Rental, Slip and Slide, and a Pop-Up Piano. The ultimate goal of the DNP is to provide low-cost, high-impact active programming that is beneficial for the whole community.
BIKE SHARE PROGRAM
Take a bike and ride where you need to go! Whether you are hitting the trails for a picnic, enjoying the scenic views, or want a healthy mode of travel to and from work, the Bike Share Program is free and available for all local residents and visiting tourists alike. Access to the bikes are free, but require a sign in and sign out process. This enables us to measure the use of the bikes and maintain tabs on their whereabouts. Bikes are available at the Cochrane Public Library, Tim Horton Events Centre, the Polar Bear Habitat, and the Commando Lake Beach House.
BOOK SHARE PROGRAM
Our book share program promotes literacy in our community. People can take books from these book share boxes to have a read or drop off books that they want to throw out.
Available during the summer months from July to August, locals and visitors alike can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pedal boats to be used on Lake Commando. Stay active while on the water. Private paddle board lessons are also available upon request.
The Pop-Up Piano project is popular among kids and adults in our community. The program looks to create social spaces through music in our community. All piano shelters are outdoors with the program running annually, from May to October.
If you are looking to relocate or expand on your business investment, our website has a complete section dedicated to business opportunities in Cochrane and everything you need to know. In addition, our town hall section offers quality information about town bylaws, zoning restrictions and official plan boundaries. Covering anything and everything that has to do with ensuring your investment can continue to grow, no matter where you call home.
EXPLORE THE DETAILS
Below is a menu that will guide you to specific sectors of our website, for quick access to important information centered around running your business in Cochrane.
Cochrane is part of the MIC’s (Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane) group of medical services, which is an organization of the hospitals that use the strengths of their synergy to provide top tier medical services to this part of Ontario.
To learn more about what these institutions offer use the contact information provided to get in touch with each location.
Access to a complete spectrum of dental hygiene services are available to Cochrane and local area residents. Currently in Cochrane, residents can access two family dental health offices.
DR. HERBERT HARRIS
213 Sixth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-6474
DR. RAYMOND FAMILY
178 Third Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-3340
TV, INTERNET, PHONE
The Town of Cochrane has a network of telecommunications experts who offer essential residential and business telephone, internet, and cable TV services. Below is the contact information for the main telecommunications provider ready to serve you.
ELECTRICITY, ENERGY, GAS
The town provides a network of utilities companies who offer essential electricity, energy, and gas services to residential and the business sector. Below is a quick list of available service providers and their contact information.
To your right is an organized listing of frequently requested bylaws for the town and its surrounding area. Each of the following links will take you to the respective bylaw’s downloadable documentation.
One of the cornerstones for a healthy community is the capacity for different points of view and faith to co-exist. Many religious denominations are represented with churches throughout the town, with a variety of institutions available for service.
Contact information for each house of worship in Cochrane District can be found on this page.