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BUSINESS ADVANTAGES IN YORK REGION

Located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, York Region is home to 1.2 million residents, over 51,000 businesses, 600,000 jobs, 4 urban growth centres, and Canada’s highest concentration of technology companies. As Ontario’s fastest growing large municipality and third largest business hub, York Region is a top destination in the Toronto area and Canada for business, talent, and investment. Click an advantage to learn more…

York Region Aerial
  • 9 unique cities and towns make up 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 with approximately 1,300 new businesses added annually
  • Nearly 600,000 jobs in York Region, with an average of 12,500 new jobs created each year
  • Location of choice for global companies in Canada – over 500 foreign subsidiaries operating locally
  • Home to two of Greater Toronto Area’s four major business nodes
  • Large and established industry clusters including the highest concentration of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) companies in Canada and second largest Financial Services cluster in Ontario
Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Most central location to access Greater Toronto Area’s market of 215,000 businesses and 6.3 million residents/consumers
  • Over 140 million Canadian and U.S. consumers within 1-day drive from York Region and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  • Major Toronto-area Highways Corridor (Hwys 404-DVP, 400, 427, 407)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport only 12km to/from York Region’s boundary
  • Direct subway to/from Downtown Toronto opening Dec. 2017 (Toronto-York subway extension)
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.

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LOCATIONS

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

York Link
15 Allstate Parkway – Suite 600
Markham Ontario, Canada
L3R 5B4

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