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Welcome to the Town of Hearst!


Town of Hearst Municipal Offices

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Welcome to the Town of Hearst/Bienvenue à Hearst


To explore more of the history of the town of Hearst and region check out the following online resources;

A History of the Hearst and area Sawmills

The town of Hearst has its origins in the development of the Transnational railroad that passed through the present location of the town in 1913 where the rail line crossed the Mattawishkwia River. As new settlers arrived to the region the town itself grew around the growing depend for timber, the town continues to have a strong interest in the forestry industry. The majority of the original settlers arrived from Quebec and the community continues to be a largely francophone community.


The town of Hearst is located at the junction of Highway 11 and Mattawishkwia River. The township covers approximately 98.2 km2  with a population density of 51.5 people for every km2 compared that to  Toronto : 4149.5 persons per km2, Montreal 4,517 persons per km2, , Kitchener-Waterloo 576.7 persons per km2.


2016 Census Data

Population: 5070

Age Profiles: 14.5% under the age of 14

55.13% Average Working Age (15 to 60)

30.4% is 60+

The average age of the local population is 45 years old. The average household size is 2.1 persons per household.

Languages: The community is largely Francophone, however the majority of residents are bilingual in both French and English.

Average Family Income:$88303.00

Educational Level: (that of residents of working age) 71.5% have a minimum of a High School Diploma

Highest Educational Level attained (as percentage of working age population)

High School Diploma : 32.93%

Trades: 14.43%

College Diploma: 33.44%

University Degree:19.19%

Types of Employment:

Trades, Manufacturing & Transport


Health Sciences


Access & Transport

Hearst is situated along Highway 11 , part of the Trans-Canada Highway linking Eastern and Western Canada, at its junction with the Mattawishkwia River The Ontario Northland Railway also runs through the community providing potential access to freight transportation services linking Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec over a rail system that spans from Moosonee to North Bay, and from Calstock to Rouyn Noranda, Quebec, over 700 miles of rail line. National Shipping is available via their connections in Hearst, Rouyn Noranda and North Bay.

The communities of Cochrane, Kapuskasing and Timmins offer access to Airports. It is possible to get from here to Toronto in less than 5 hours via Porter Airlines at Timmins Airport which offers twice daily connections to Downtown Toronto Billy Bishop Airport.

Ontario Northland Bus Service operates a daily service through the community traveling both west from Hearst, and East to connections in Timmins, North Bay, Sudbury, Toronto and beyond.


Business Services

A to Z Bookkeeping & Tax Services Ltd 14 8th Street Hearst (705)362-8841

ateliersnordest Ateliers Nord-Est Printing

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Batisseur Strategik Builders

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Convenience Store


Au Caprice, 33 9th Street


Groceries & Produce

Furniture & Decor

Veilleux funriture

Ameublement Veilleux Furniture

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The Co-operators, (formerly Assurance Aubin Insurance)

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Assurance Robichaud Insurance

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Pets & Equine

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Angolly’s Ranch

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Restaurants & Fast Food

2-4-1 Pizza (located at Bowling & Billiards Bar & Grill)

Sports & Marine

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B&B Auto Sports  & Marine

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All North Plumbing & Heating

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BC Automation

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Andre Communication


Atlantic Power Calstock Power Plant Limited, Hwy 11 W, (705)463-2513


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