Please use the accordions below to find reports, publications, videos, shared office space locations, and more resources related to economic strategy and development in York Region. Click on a resource category below to learn more.

The resources provided on this website can be shared, but a credit must be provided to York Region Planning & Economic Development.

The York Region Employment Survey is an annual Region-wide door-to-door survey of all businesses with a physical presence in the Region (including home and farm based businesses that may participate optionally online). It helps provide the information for the York Region Business Directory. This is the most comprehensive list of businesses within York Region.


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York Region has many options for businesses and entrepreneurs looking for shared and co-working office space throughout it’s nine different cities and towns. The shared office space locations are organized individually for the southern three cities and towns – Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan – and combined for the northern six communities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket, and Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Canada’s Global Skills Strategy makes it easier for Canadian businesses to attract the talent they need to succeed in the global marketplace. Whether recruiting professionals from around the world to train Canadian workers, or working with employers planning job-creating investments in Canada, the Global Skills Strategy provides businesses in Canada with a faster way to bring in global talent in order to scale-up and grow—creating better jobs for more Canadians.

Fast-Track Visa for Technology Talent
  • Through the Global Skills Strategy, employers can bring temporary workers into Canada faster
  • The new plan is to allow companies that qualify to get visas and work permits approved inside two weeks as standard – under the current system the minimum processing time is six months
  • The Global Talent Stream is open to foreign workers with executive and managerial experience, and the two-week processing standard also applies to immediate family members accompanying the workers to Canada
  • Planned changes will also see the creation of a 30-day work permit that can be spread across a year, meaning companies can bring in workers for short stints without the need to apply for new paperwork each time
  • More talent: Making it easier for immigrants to get work visas provides companies with access to more talent, globally
  • More qualified talent: Companies will have access to the talent they need to help their business thrive
  • Compete on a global scale: With access to more talent, Canadian companies will be in a better position to compete on a global level
  • More investment in Canadian companies: Better talent will attract investors to the Canadian marketplace. “Investment follows talent,” said Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s minister of immigration, on Reuters. “Investment will not come to Canada if the talent is not there,” he said
  • The issue centres around the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a tool designed to assess if a Canadian is available to fill the required position
  • Under the new rules, companies will be able to qualify for the fast-track visa by proving they need highly-qualified foreign talent for investments, to create jobs or to transfer knowledge to Canadians. Multinationals making big investments will also be able to access the new system

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

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Markham, Ontario, Canada
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