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2017

Economic Snapshot

guelph.ca/business • bizinfo@guelph.ca • 519-837-5600


Guelph’s prosperity is by design BEST 4TH LARGE CITY

BEST CITY

TO START A BUSINESS IN CANADA Source: Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 2016

TOP 6

BEST CITY

FOR NEWCOMERS IN CANADA

Source: BMO Markets, 2016

BEST PLACE

IN CANADA TO FIND A JOB

employers in Guelph Canadian Business Counts, December 2016

University of Guelph ~5,000 annual graduates

Conestoga College ~4,600 annual graduates

Source: MoneySense Magazine, 2017

TOP 10

IN AMERICAS FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT Source: fDi Intelligence, 2017

Source: MoneySense Magazine, 2017

3,972

TO BUY REAL ESTATE IN CANADA

ALL WITHIN 100KM 4 international airports Toronto (2), Waterloo, Hamilton

Guelph Junction Railway offers access to CN and CPR, competitive rates and reliable daily service

BARRIE

1h

2 shipping ports Toronto and Hamilton

Our vibrant downtown

GUELPH

attracts entrepreneurs, innovators, developers and new residents, and is exceeding growth targets

TORONTO

KITCHENER/ WATERLOO

Centre of the LONDON Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor WINDSOR

HAMILTON NIAGARA FALLS


Why invest in Guelph? We make it easy for business to do business with City Hall GROWING AND RESILIENT ECONOMY

Guelph has one of Canada’s lowest unemployment rates, strongest housing markets, most innovative municipal governments, and competitive tax rates—all contributing to a strong, reliable and sustainable local economy.

We invite you to invest in Guelph—invest with Guelph.

PRIME LOCATION

Guelph is close to everything, and it feels like you’re away from it all. You’ll have easy access to international airports, major highways and reliable rail. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is just an hour down the highway, and we’re a short drive to the U.S. borders. From Guelph, you will have access to over 150 million North American consumers within one day’s drive. Not to mention our spectacular natural green spaces that stretch for days.

“RWDI is an international company with offices all over the world. Being headquartered in Guelph, our access to the U.S. is quite easy, and its central location to border crossings and international airports are key to servicing our transportation needs.” – Michael Soligo, CEO of RWDI

ENVIABLE TALENT POOL

We’re home to a prominent University, and neighbours with more than a dozen top post-secondary institutions. Employment skews professional, technical, agri-food and advanced technology. In all, a workforce of more than 3 million people lives within an hour’s commute.

COMPETITIVE COST OF DOING BUSINESS

Guelph offers top-notch professional services and amenities without a big city cost of living. Guelph has one of the lowest land and development costs in the Greater Toronto area. You’ll enjoy lower-than-average labour and business costs, and, Ontario offers the lowest overall tax rate on new business investment amongst all members of the G7.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

More than $14 billion is spent on R&D each year in Ontario, and Guelph is a hotspot for ideas. Guelph is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies, has more than 30 research institutes, and a spirit of collaboration to help bring your ideas to life.

“Würth Canada is a dynamic company with a diverse customer base that spreads coast-to-coast. We were looking for a city and business environment that suited our needs and objectives, and allowed us to expand our business in the future. The City of Guelph, and the Hanlon Creek Business Park were the perfect fit for us, and we are very pleased to be operating here.” – Ernest Sweeney, President and CEO of Würth Canada Limited

guelph.ca/business • bizinfo@guelph.ca • 519-837-5600


Fully serviced land, ready for development

More than

50% SOLD!

Hanlon Creek Business Park PHASE 1 Fully serviced lots (gas, hydro, water, sewer, telecommunications, paved roads) from 3 to 13 acres 5 minutes to Highway 401 Competitive land and development costs Flexible zoning for a mix of business uses ranging from manufacturing to laboratory and office to research establishment. Integrated within a 165 acre environmental reserve

CURRENT TENANTS Amplify LLP ApiHex Beekeeping Supplies ARC Brothers Electric Centex Engineering Centre Staged Inc. Compass Private Wealth of Raymond James Ltd. DB Fitness Inc. EasyGo Drinkware LLC

Eve Claxton Realty Inc. Brokerage Fabbian Fine Homes Fulton Food Safety Fusion Homes Gemini Homebuilders Graniteworx Halwell Mutual Insurance Company

Jam School MF Property Management Ltd. Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc.

Royal City Investment Corporation Stirling Marathon

NAI Park Capital

The Guelph Academy of Dance Inc.

Noble

The Zone Training

Regency Fireplace Products

Timberworx Custom Homes

RLB LLP Chartered Professional Accountants

Wood Haven Furniture Würth Canada Limited

Accessible formats available by calling 519-822-1260 extension 2079 or TTY 519-826-9771. guelph.ca/business • bizinfo@guelph.ca • 519-837-5600

2017 Economic Snapshot  

An overview of Guelph as an investment-ready city including recent accolades, what we have to offer, top 5 reasons to invest in Guelph and i...

2017 Economic Snapshot  

An overview of Guelph as an investment-ready city including recent accolades, what we have to offer, top 5 reasons to invest in Guelph and i...

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