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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 54,000 business establishments, 654,000 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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BUSINESSES IN YORK REGION
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LOCAL JOBS IN YORK REGION
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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
$106 Billion in Combined Revenue

from the top 28 companies in York Region.

95 Companies

with more than 300 employees.

$56 Billion York Region GDP

shows opportunity in the business community.

22 Firms in York Region

with revenue greater than $500 million per year.

6% 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, Census 2016

    GREATER TORONTO AREA BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS (EMPLOYERS)

      Source: Statistics Canada, CBC June 2019

      TOTAL ICT FIRMS BY LARGE MUNICIPALITIES IN ONTARIO

        Source: Avison Young, Topical Report 2019; Statistics Canada, CBC December 2018, Census Division data by NAICS

        GREATER TORONTO AREA EMPLOYMENT (JOBS)

          Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census

          * 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

          THE KEY TO COVID-19 BUSINESS SURVIVAL: CASH FLOW SUPPORT PROGRAMS

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          The Last Straw Distillery in Vaughan is Transforming its Production Line to Make Hand Sanitizers

          hand santizer bottles on a tableThe Vaughan-based Last Straw Distillery is one of the latest businesses to transform its actual line of production to make much-needed hand sanitizers.

          “The hand sanitizer approval actually came through on Sunday (March 29). I guess Health Canada was looking through the weekend to process all these applications,” said Mike Hook, one of the distillery’s founders.

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          Smart Growth: SmartVMC, Vaughan, Ontario

          VMC renderingJust the promise of a subway station is enough to launch serious development. More than a decade ago, the TTC committed to building a station in Vaughan, at the northern end of Toronto’s University Line extension. This announcement provided the fuel for an enormous development called Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). The project’s ambition is plainly stated in the name—nothing less than a new urban area in the sprawling suburbs of Vaughan. 

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          Markham-based Flato Developments Supporting Ontario Communities in the Fight Against COVID-19

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          Newmarket Headquartered AirBoss Announces US$96 Million Contract for FlexAir™ PAPR System from FEMA to Help Battle COVID-19

          AirBoss flexair hooded capeNEWMARKET, Ontario, March 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the manufacture and sale of 100,000 FlexAir™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (“PAPR”) systems, 600,000 filters, and related accessories.

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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 0E7

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