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York Region's Key Business Advantages

Located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), York Region is home to nearly 1.2 million residents, 600,000 jobs, and over 51,000 business establishments. As Ontario’s fastest growing large municipality and third largest business hub, York Region is a top destination in Canada for business, talent, and investment. Click on an advantage below to learn more…

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  • 9 unique cities and towns make-up the Greater Toronto Area’s York Region
  • 4 urban growth centres focused on creating desirable mixed-use live/work communities
Aerial of York Region Business Area
  • Over 51,000 business establishments in a diverse mix of industry sectors with approximately 1,300 new businesses added annually
  • Nearly 600,000 jobs in the Region, with an average of 12,500 added each year
  • Home to Canada’s densest technology hub (# of employers per capita) with over 4,300 ICT businesses
  • York Region has the highest number of finance and insurance companies of the Greater Toronto 905 Area
Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Over 6.2 million consumers can be found in the Greater Toronto Area, and over 140 Canadian and US consumers are within a 1-day drive to York Region
  • Access to nearly a quarter of a million businesses in the GTA, in a diverse mix of industry sectors
  • Ontario’s major highway corridor runs through York Region (HWY 400 / HWY 404, HWY 404 / Don Valley Parkway, HWY 427, HWY 407, HWY 401)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport is 15 minutes from York Region and flies direct to 180 destinations
York Region's Diverse Workforce
  • Over 3.5 million work in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Over 83,000 university graduates join the GTA workforce annually
  • Over 120 languages spoken in York Region and 47,000 immigrants with degrees join the GTA workforce each year
  • 73.5% of York Region’s population between 25 and 64 have post-secondary education
York Region residents playing in Mixed Use Community
  • 4 urban growth centres built around walkable live/work mixed-use communities
  • Over 2,300 hectares of forests in the Region with more than 120 kilometres of no-charge public trails
Innovation in York Region
  • Global business leaders IBM, Magna and LEO Pharma have all based their research and development efforts in York Region.
  • A growing, vibrant startup ecosystem is emerging in York Region with the growth of such innovative startups to scaled-up companies of Sulon, Real Matters, and Green Owl Mobile.
  • Budding entrepreneurs have the opportunity to bring their ideas to light using makerspaces such as NewMakeIt and YLabs
  • The upcoming generation of entrepreneurs benefit from the Region’s library programs that provide training in 3D printing, coding and robotics
KPMG Tower & VMC Subway Station
  • Greater Toronto Area’s lowest commercial property taxes
  • 40% lower lease costs for Class A/B office versus downtown Toronto
  • Significant cost advantage versus the United States (taxes, employment, R&D)
  • Central Toronto area location means improved retention of professionals
Where Your Talent And Opportunity Intersect

As a top Toronto area destination for business, talent and investment, York Region is the ideal place for you to take your career to the next level.

Located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), York Region is now home to 1.2 million residents. The Region’s nine local municipalities are some of the most sought-after communities in Canada, offering unparalleled quality of life that attracts up to 25,000 new residents every year, most of whom are top professionals just like you.

Robert Unterman, Manager - Investment & Marketing
Robert Unterman Manager, Investment & Marketing
Gordon Scheel, Senior Business Development Advisor
Gordon Scheel Senior Business Development Advisor
Richard Franklin, Senior Business Development Advisor
Richard Franklin Senior Business Development Advisor

Our team has tremendous exposure to best practices in use across all industries. York Link Business Advisors provide assistance or guidance with:

  • Talent recruitment focused on technology positions
  • Office location selection in one of our nine cities and towns
  • Federal & Provincial government financial incentive programs
  • Strategic connections with relevant industry partners and businesses
York Region Business Community NewsVIEW ALL
Aurora-Based Prollenium Medical Technologies Inc. Announces U.S. FDA Approval for its Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler

ProlleniumAURORA, ONAug. 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Prollenium Medical Technologies Inc., a leading medical device manufacturer, announced today its United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its cross-linked hyaluronic acid dermal filler. 

Full article: www.newswire.ca

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Vaughan-Based PSP Card Services and Planet Payment Launch Pay in Your Currency® and Multi-Currency Pricing

PSP SolutionLONG BEACH, N.Y. and VAUGHAN, Ontario, Aug. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PSP Card Services, a Canadian premiere payment processor, and Planet Payment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLPM), a leading international and multi-currency payment processor, today announced the launch of Pay in Your Currency® and Multi-Currency Pricing to PSP’s portfolio of merchants in Canada.

Full Article: www.nasdaq.com

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Looking for support with your business expansion?WHAT WE OFFER

The Regional Municipality of York
Economic Strategy Office
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
L3Y 6Z1

York Link
675 Cochrane Drive
East Tower – Suite 600
Markham, Ontario, Canada
L3R 0B8


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