On behalf of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, I want to thank
you for your interest in our lovely community. Over the past few years, I have watched this place transform from an understated town to one of the most desirable, sought-after places to live and work on the Avalon Peninsula. English settlers claimed this land as their permanent home over 200 years ago, and we’ve been growing ever since.
Despite a growing population, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s retains its small-town values of a tight-knit community with easy access to a major urban centre. It’s a great place to raise a family, and we’re just minutes away from downtown St. John’s. We’re poised on the edge of the Atlantic, with ample opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, and thus there is plenty of room for tourism development. Both income and employment averages are higher here than elsewhere in the province, and as a result, the value of residential property continues to grow.
I’m proud of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s transition into a modern yet traditional town. The people here are the very definition of Inspired Living: passionate, hard working, and dedicated. In the past year, we’ve expanded Voisey’s Brook Park and Rainbow Gully Park, increasing our trails and recreational amenities. We facilitate sports teams and leadership groups for children, and we have recreational groups for adults and seniors that welcome everyone with open arms.
The Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Town Council will continue moving forward with a development plan to further improve and enhance the town as a welcoming place for businesses, tourists, and new residents looking to start a new home. Visit us today!
Business opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador are growing, and at the centre of it all is Portugal Cove- St. Philip’s. Existing businesses are supported, and new businesses are welcomed. In order to maintain a family-friendly high quality of life to residents, any new business must respect and support the town’s environmental sustainability practices, as well as its rural character. We offer strong support for new and developing businesses setting up in the area, and we encourage partnerships between community and business.
ON THE HORIZON
The three major upcoming industries in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s are agriculture, tourism, and construction. The agriculture industry has been growing since 1993, especially in regards to , food processing facilities, vegetable and greenhouse production, sod farming, landscape initiatives, and various livestock productions. The farm-to-table movement has resonated well within the province, and locals are dedicated to preserving the quality of available local foods.
Tourism is another booming sector, with accommodations and restaurants turning the heads of travellers everywhere. With miles of coastline, cultural festivals, hiking trails, and culinary options, visitors are recognizing the quality of a rural landscape when it comes to exploring uncharted territory. There is much room for further development as the St. John’s International Airport adds more direct flights and visiting continuously becomes easier.
Newfoundland’s employment rate has been growing at nearly double the rate of Canada, thanks to many developing industries. The province’s advanced technology sector employs 3,700 people and generates $1.62 billion in revenue, which accounts for 6% of the provincial GDP. Here on the Avalon Peninsula, jobs in oil and gas extraction have grown by 10% over the past few years, while jobs for supporting this sector grew by 29%.
This region is an important centre for emerging technologies in Canada. Between 2006 and 2011, jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services grew by 48%. This means the region’s economic growth is also directly affecting the growth of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, which is now one of the largest municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador. There’s a lot of opportunity here waiting to happen. With an extremely skilled labour force, occupations in primary industries and trades, transport, and equipment operations have seen tremendous growth since 2001.
As a highly employable and educated workforce, a large number of people living in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s commute to St. John’s for work. Conversely, more and more independent business people are opting to work out of their homes in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. These people are often employed in a wide range of professional services supporting the region’s oils and gas sector, the high technology sector, and government agencies. New businesses looking to set up in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s can capitalize on a captive workforce and consumer market.
The town is home to a number of construction businesses, including electrical, plumbing, and other types of contractors. But with mega projects soon to be happening in the region, such as the Hebron Oilfield and Bull Arm, the construction industry must grow to meet the demand. This is particularly true as imported labour from outside the province struggles to find high quality housing.
Furthermore, the shortage of Class A office space in the city presents ample growing opportunities within the town itself.
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS
The town’s Economic Development Office can assist your business needs. The nearby Genesis Centre in St. John’s is a support network for technology based businesses
that are seeking help with growth and capital, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as well as the Province’s Department of Business, Tourism, Culture, and Rural Development help new businesses become more competitive, innovative, and productive.
TILT HOUSE BAKERY
Ann Davis opened her bakery three years ago and quickly became a local favourite. Davis is a long-time resident of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s and now lives in the cabin her father built in 1967. She knew the previous owners of the building, and she worked in another bakery for 18 years. To say she knows the ins and outs of working in Portugal Cove- St. Philips is an understatement! The bakery resembles a market and now has three bread ovens and two convection ovens. Her products are well loved by all. She says business here is good because the town is growing fast and the community support is fantastic. She’s constantly busy filling catering orders for local events and functions. Tilt House also exports these goods to the entire region.
MURRAY’S GARDEN CENTRE AND HORTICULTURAL SERVICES
Evan Murray knows a little something about keeping traditions alive. His ancestors were some of the first to settle in the area and their root cellar dating back to 1820 is still in use today. What started out as a small roadside stand selling vegetables has now flourished into a successful 65-acre business. He sees big potential in the area and has recently started producing organic vegetables as part of his latest initiative, Murray’s Meadows Farm. His goal is to employ more locals in his endeavors, especially now that the Garden Centre has become a sort of city getaway for those seeking the rural quiet.
- Curbside garbage collection occurs once a week, while curbside recycling is picked up once every two weeks.
- Our volunteer fire department was established in 1996.
- There are two fire stations; one in St. Philip’s on 1119 Thorburn Road, and one in Portugal Cove on 1819 Portugal Cove Road.
- The fire department has a contingent of 33 active volunteers and applicants must complete a three-month in-house training course to become a volunteer fire fighter.
- The Fire Department is outfitted with two foam-equipped pumper trucks, a rescue unit vehicle, and a two-wheel drive support vehicle.
- Beachy Cove Elementary is located within the community and provides kindergarten through grade six.
- In 2016, a new grade 5-9 middle school will open in Rainbow Gully Park.
- The Northeast Avalon is served by five hospitals in St. John’s, and one on Bell Island, all operated by Eastern Health.
- Eastern Health provides services in Portugal Cove that includes a community health clinic.
- The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial police service. The RNC dates back to 1729 making it the oldest civil police force in North America. It is headquartered in St. John’s and serves the Northeast Avalon, Corner Brook, and Labrador City.