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WELCOME HOME TO YORK REGION

IN THE HEART OF GREATER TORONTO…

York Region, the fastest growing large municipality in Ontario, Canada is a thriving and diverse community that is home to:

  • 1.2 million residents
  • 52,000+ businesses
  • 620,000 jobs
  • 4 urban growth centres
  • Canada’s highest concentration of technology companies

The Region is a top destination in the Toronto area and Canada for business, talent, and investment.

WHAT’S YORK LINK?

York Link is York Region’s Economic Development department.

In collaboration with our local cities and towns the York Link team helps businesses expand, locate, and invest in the Region.

York Region is the third largest business centre and second largest tech hub in the Greater Toronto Area (Ontario, Canada).

York Region Economic Strategy

YORK REGION IS…

…comprised of nine local cities and towns, which are Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Georgina, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, and King.

“BEST REGION TO LIVE IN CANADA”

York Region placed first out of 117 regions identified across the country in a study by The Mowat Centre (University of Toronto) assessing overall livability across different socio-economic factors.

AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE IN CANADA

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BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS
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Spread throughout York Region’s nine cities and towns in the Greater Toronto Area

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LOCAL JOBS IN
YORK REGION
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Across a variety of key industry sectors including ICT, financial services, and more…

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RESIDENTS IN THE GTA'S YORK REGION
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York Region is a welcoming community and one of the most diverse regions in Canada

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TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
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Highest concentration of information technology companies in Canada

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NEW JOBS CREATED EACH YEAR (avg)
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Career opportunities for every experience level, what’s it like to live and work here?

YORK REGION BUSINESS COMMUNITY NEWS

Tech in the GTA: A ‘Cluster of Clusters’ That Deserves Unpacking, Attention, and Promotion

Neptis Heat Map of Tech in GTA
YORK LINK BLOG SERIES

**PART THREE OF A THREE PART SERIES**
So what’s the bottom line considering the above? That a ‘cluster of clusters’ tech sector in a metro area of over 6.5 million residents, 250,000 business establishments, and 16,000 tech companies really warrants unraveling.

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Richmond Hill Headquartered Olympus Canada Recognized as a Greater Toronto Top Employer

Olympus Canada Team PhotoRichmond HillDec. 7, 2018 /CNW/ — Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today that Olympus Canada has been named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for the third year running.

Full Article: newswire.ca

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Urban Growth Outside of Downtown Cores: Should We Pay More Attention?

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) | Vaughan York Region
YORK LINK BLOG SERIES

**PART TWO OF A THREE PART SERIES**

Nonetheless, Canadian media coverage and public discussion in the context of Toronto’s Amazon HQ2 bid was focused almost exclusively on the downtown core as the natural and only reasonable location for Amazon’s HQ2 in the GTA. Public discussion on any of GTA’s other qualified urban growth sites noted above was barely existent and still is despite Amazon’s non-downtown-core choices.

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A Moment of Reflection for the Greater Toronto Area on Amazon HQ2 Locations

Crystal City | Photo Credit: ARLnow.com
YORK LINK BLOG SERIES

**PART ONE OF A THREE PART SERIES**
Are we short-selling ourselves as it relates to potential locations where we collectively think major technology or head office investments should occur within the Greater Toronto Area?

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A Moment of Reflection for the Greater Toronto Area on Amazon HQ2 Locations | Full Series

Crystal City | Photo Credit: ARLnow.com
YORK LINK BLOG SERIES

**PART ONE OF A THREE PART SERIES**
Are we short-selling ourselves as it relates to potential locations where we collectively think major technology or head office investments should occur within the Greater Toronto Area?

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Markham Headquartered Bluewrist Using Edge-Based AI to Power Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Plants

Bluewrist RobotMarkham-based Bluewrist, which won the Small Private category in the 2018 Ingenious Awards hosted by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), has spent the last 12 years building software that enables robots to fix minor issues on the production line before they become major problems, and it does it using an advanced form of machine vision.

Full Article: financialpost.com

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YORK LINK IS HERE TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS

Expanding your business into the Greater Toronto Area is an important decision. Finding the right location where your business can succeed is key, but it also needs to be where your employees want to be. From strategic connections, finding office space, to government grant opportunities, and discovering why the lifestyle here is sought-after, we will show you why York Region is where talent and opportunity intersect.

In partnership with our local cities and towns, York Region’s Economic Development team provides complimentary and confidential support services to local and international businesses looking to expand or establish operations in Toronto area’s York Region.

York Region Economic Strategy
LOCATIONS

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

York Link
169 Enterprise Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, Canada
L6G 1B3

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