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Summerside Today

Summerside is PEI’s second largest City and the principal municipality for the western part of the province. The City, according to the 2011 census, has a population of almost 17,000. 

Industry

Our labour force is made up of roughly 7,600 people and is distributed among 16 industries.

Most of Summerside’s employment is in year-round industries, including:

  • Retail (14%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Health and social services (11%)
  • Government (10%)
  • Accommodation, food, and beverage (10%)

Major employers

The largest employer in the City is the Summerside Tax Centre. Slemon Park (formerly CFB Summerside) houses a number of other major employers, including Vector Aerospace, Testori Americas, and Honeywell. Cavendish Farms, located in the outlying community of New Annan, is PEI’s largest private sector employer.

Municipal government

Eight councilors and a mayor govern the City’s geographic areas (called wards). The current mayor is Bill Martin. Our City is protected by the Summerside Police Department, the Summerside Fire Department, and the East Prince Detachment of the RCMP.

Education

Summerside has eight excellent schools, including:

  • Four elementary schools
  • Two junior high schools
  • One senior high school
  • One French school

We have a large Holland College presence in Summerside, which includes the following facilities:

  • East Prince Centre
  • Aerospace Centre
  • Marine Training Centre
  • Atlantic Police Academy
  • Motive Power Centre

We’re also home to the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts.

Green energy

In 2007, the City signed a 20-year agreement with a private wind energy company in West Cape to supply Summerside with 23% of its electricity needs. Construction started in 2009 to build our own wind turbines to tie those to our electric utility. We now own and operate our own wind farm, which, on the average day, provides us with about 25% of our City’s energy. The City is also a large supporter of electric vehicles. We have more charging stations for electric cars per capita than any other Canadian city.

Health Care

Summerside’s Prince County Hospital is the main referral hospital in western PEI. Island EMS (Emergency Medical Services) has a base in the downtown area of the City from which it operates two Advanced Life Support ambulances 24/7.

Entertainment/Attractions

Credit Union Place (CUP) brings numerous musical and sporting events to the City each year. The largest indoor sports facility in the province, CUP has a swimming pool, bowling alley, ice surfaces, and much more. Other attractions in Summerside include the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club, Spinnaker’s Landing, the Summerside Golf and Country Club, the Harbourfront Theatre, and various arts and cultural attractions.

Tourism

Tourism Summerside works throughout the year to market Summerside as a four-season tourism destination. The Green’s Shore Park area attracts skiiers and skaters in the winter months. The Curling Club and hockey arena are also popular for winter sports. In the summertime, visitors love our historic attractions, Green’s Shore Beach, walking trails, parks, the Baywalk Boardwalk, and the natural beauty of the City. Many visit the City to explore their family history, at the MacNaught History Centre and Archives.

Economic Development

Since the closure of CBF Summerside in 1990, the City has been aggressively seeking out new ways to attract businesses to the area. Our Economic Development Office has created a number of programs to encourage companies to invest in the City. Thanks to these efforts, we’ve become a destination for Aerospace companies, Health IT organizations, Bio-tech businesses, and more.

Heritage

The City of Summerside is steeped in history and heritage. Our preserved heritage homes, museums, cultural centres, and exhibits all demonstrate that our history will always be part of our present and our future.

For more information about our City, contact:

Lorri Laughlin - Communications Director
lorri.laughlin@city.summerside.pe.ca
902-432-1288
City of Summerside, 275 Fitzroy Street, Summerside, PE C1N 1H9 

Related External Links

2011 Census Information

Municipal Profile

Tourism PEI Summerside

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