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MAJOR GREATER TORONTO AREA BUSINESS HUB

York Region is one of the largest business hubs in Greater Toronto and Canada. It is home to two of Greater Toronto’s four major business hubs, over 52,000 business establishments, 620,000 jobs and over 500 foreign subsidiaries.

The region’s economy is diverse and includes strong industry clusters in technology, financial services, automotive, life sciences, agri-food, and more. York Region is home to the highest concentration of technology companies in Canada and the second largest financial services cluster in Ontario. For your business, York Region is where talent and opportunity intersect.

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FOREIGN COMPANIES IN YORK REGION
MAJOR COMPANIES THAT CHOSE TORONTO AREA'S YORK REGION, IS YOUR BUSINESS NEXT?
  • York Region ICT Sector Logos
  • Financial, Insurance & Business Company Logos
  • York Region Advanced Manufacturing Companies
  • A Selection of York Region-Based or Headquartered ICT Sector Companies
  • York Region Building & Construction Logos
  • A Selection of York Region-Based or Headquartered ICT Sector Companies
  • Financial, Insurance & Business Company Logos
  • York Region Building & Construction Logos
  • York Region ICT Sector Logos
  • York Region Building & Construction Logos
  • York Region ICT Sector Logos
  • Financial, Insurance & Business Company Logos
  • Life Science Company Logos
  • York Region ICT Logos
  • York Region Advanced Manufacturing Companies
  • Life Science Company Logos
  • York Region Clean Technology Company Logos
  • Life Science Company Logos
  • York Region Clean Technology Company Logos
  • York Region Clean Technology Company Logos
  • York Region Advanced Manufacturing Companies
  • York Region Advanced Manufacturing Companies
  • York Region ICT Logos

YORK REGION ECONOMY BY THE NUMBERS

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NEW EMPLOYERS ANNUALLY
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NEW JOBS ADDED ANNUALLY
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FORTUNE100 COMPANIES
$86 Billion in Combined Revenue

from the top 40 companies in York Region.

93 Companies

with more than 500 employees.

$56 Billion York Region GDP

shows opportunity in the business community.

17 Firms Headquartered in York Region

with revenue greater than $500 million per year.

7% of Canada's Fastest Growing Firms

have major operations in Greater Toronto Area’s York Region.

Home to 6 of Toronto Area's Top 10 ICT Corporate R&D Spenders

IBM, AMD, Celestica, Huawei, Enghouse Systems, and The Star Group

*Data sources: Statistics Canada CBP, Fortune, Globe & Mail ROB, York Region Planning & Economic Development, Re$earch Infosource, and Profit500.
*New employers and jobs are an annual average.

BUSINESS ANALYSIS OF GREATER TORONTO

GREATER TORONTO AREA POPULATION

    Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census

    GREATER TORONTO AREA BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS (EMPLOYERS)

      Source: Statistics Canada CBC, December 2016

      TOTAL ICT FIRMS BY LARGE MUNICIPALITIES IN ONTARIO

        Source: Statistics Canada CBC, December 2017

        GREATER TORONTO AREA EMPLOYMENT (JOBS)

          Source: Neptis Foundation Analysis, 2015

          * GTA 905 Regions: York Region, Peel Region, Halton Region, and Durham Region

          ** Downtown Toronto Boundary: Bloor Street to Waterfront and Bathurst Street to Don Valley Parkway

          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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          CONNECT WITH AN EXPERIENCED BUSINESS ADVISOR

          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

          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
          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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