Economic Development

The Town of Deer Lake has become a base for providing both residents and visitors to the western region of the province with many of the services needed in a modern society. The Town of Deer Lake is strategically located at the intersection of two major highways, the Trans Canada Highway (Route 1) and the Viking Trail (Route 430), at the eastern edge of the community.

The Deer Lake Regional Airport is located on the eastern edge of Deer Lake and accessible via the Trans Canada Highway. The Deer Lake airport is the 4th busiest airport in Atlantic Canada. Both passenger and aircraft statistics have continued to grow, which has led to the airport expanding its runway to 8005 feet in 2010. Visit for further information.

To the north of the community is Gros Morne National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts over 180,000 visitors annually. The entrance to the park sits just a 25 minute drive from the Town.
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According to the 2016 Census of Canada, Deer Lake has a population of 5,250 people, a 5% increase in population since the 2011 Census of Canada. The Town of Deer Lake is one of the few communities in western Newfoundland that enjoyed population growth from the last Census.

Driving Distances

Driving Distance Population
Within 20 KM Approx. 6,200
Within 50 KM Approx.  30,000
WIthin 100 KM Approx. 40,000
Within 350 KM Approx. 130,000
Within 450 KM Approx. 204,000

*204,000 individuals represents  41.8 percent of the island portion of the province’s population and 90 percent of the island portion of the province’s population excluding the Avalon Peninsula.

Economic Region

Deer Lake is located in Economic Zone 8. Zone 8 covers the western portion of the province and is at the base of the Northern Peninsula. There are 26 communities in the zone with a population of approximately 40,000 that covers the following areas:

  • White Bay South
  • Humber Valley
  • Corner Brook
  • Bay of Islands North Shore
  • Bay of Islands South Shore


Deer Lake is home to many occupational sectors which have been highlighted in the following table:

Occupations # of Residents
Management Occupations 130
Business, Finance and Administrations Occupations 265
Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations 55
Health Occupations 130
Occupations in Social Science, Education,
Government Services and Religions
Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport 10
Sales and Service Occupations 830
Trades, Transportation and Equipment Operators
and Related Occupations
Occupations Unique to Primary Industry 125
Occupations Unique to Processing,
Manufacturing Utilities

(2006 Census)

Housing Starts  2006 – 2012

The Town of Deer Lake has seen an average of 33 housing starts since 2006.

Year # of Housing Starts
2006 29
2007 30
2008 28
2009 32
2010 47
2011 39
2012 47
2013 46
2014 30
2015 33
2016 25

The national average is 31.5 housing starts for every 5,000 residents (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada).

Contact Information

Town of Deer Lake
34 Reid’s Lane, A8A 2A2
Phone: (709) 635-2451
Fax: (709) 635-5857

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