Recommendations for an Economic Development Strategy for the Town of Perth as presented to the Committee of the Whole January 11, 2011.

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Recommendations for An Economic Development Strategy for the Town of Perth (Jan 2011)

Downtown Heritage Perth
Gap Analysis Information Sheet

In 2009, the Town of Perth, the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA, and the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce commissioned Queen’s Business Consulting, a division of the Queen’s University School of Business, to undertake a gap analysis of downtown Perth.

Perth is renowned for its heritage buildings and beauty, being voted the “Prettiest Town in Ontario” in 2004 and is a regional service centre for approximately 20,000 people. Perth also attracts many local, national and international tourists. Tourism represents one of the key challenges identified in the gap analysis; balancing the needs of local, year-round residents while at the same time attracting and catering to a large seasonal tourist population.

The key findings of the gap analysis report are:

  • Items most often purchased outside of Perth
  • Men’s/Women’s/Children’s (Age 13+) Clothing
  • Men’s/Women’s/Children’s Shoes
  • New Furniture
  • Regular Groceries
  • Offices Supplies
  • Home Décor Items
  • Underrepresented Venues in Downtown Heritage Perth
  • Specialty Food Shops
  • Coffee Lounges
  • New book/CD/DVD Stores
  • Hardware Stores
  • Overrepresented Venues in Downtown Heritage Perth
  • Hair Salons
  • Gift Stores

The Town and its partners are currently working on a variety of initiatives to address other challenges identified in the report, including modernizing and harmonizing signage and the development of a community improvement plan. These initiatives are designed to increase the overall attractiveness of Perth’s downtown to residents and tourists.

A complete copy of the gap analysis report, including comprehensive survey results, can be found on the Town’s website at or the Perth and District of Chamber of Commerce website at

We encourage you to view the gap analysis as it provides a wealth of insightful information that may be helpful for business planning purposes.


Contact Information:

Shellee Evans, Town of Perth
613-267-3311 x 2227

Heather Hansgen, HPDBIA

Madeline Bouvier or Carol Quattrocchi, PDCoC