The Town of Spanish was a bedroom community to the City of Elliot Lake during the years that mining was the main driver of the economy in this region. The population of the Spanish declined from a high of about 1,200 in the 1980’s and has levelled off at the current 700 residents today.
Despite the small assessment base of the community, council has made it a priority to provide a strong core of essential infrastructure including water, wastewater and roads. Residents also enjoy services such as garbage collection and recycling, library, recreation, planning and building services.
The community is served by a francophone doctor who was raised locally. The medical clinic is open 5 days a week. A dentist also travels in from the Sudbury area to provide services one day a week.