In the heart of Greater Toronto, York Region is home to very strong industry clusters led by our technology sector, which is the second largest in Canada and employs over 60,000 people. Within the Region you’ll find nearly 1.2 million residents, 640,000 jobs, and over 54,000 (employer) business establishments. As Ontario’s fastest growing large municipality and third largest business hub, York Region is a top destination in Canada for business, talent, and investment. Click on an industry sector below to learn more…

Clearbridge Mobile
  • 4,300+ Information Communications Technology (ICT) companies making it the highest technology sector concentration in Canada relative to population
  • 6 of Toronto Area’s Top 10 ICT corporate R&D investors – Re$earch InfoSource, 2018
  • “Canada’s largest enterprise Solutions ICT cluster” – Branham Group, 2013
  • 21 of Canada’s Top 100 IT Solution Providers – Computer Dealer News, 2018
  • Highest concentration of tech workforce in Toronto-Waterloo Corridor, 8.6% of workforce in ICT – StatsCan
  • Home to global ICT giants such as IBM, AMD, Huawei, Qualcomm, Lenovo, SAP, Oracle, GE, Toshiba, Siemens, Citrix, and Digital Realty
  • Home to leading Canadian tech companies and scale-ups such as CGI, OpenText, Compugen, Redline Communications, Longview, Mircom, N-Dimension, FlexITy, Densify, Real Matters, Pivot Technology, Enghouse, MobileLIVE, and many others
  • Core ICT sector capabilities: enterprise networking and software, cloud computing, electronics design and manufacturing
XE | Newmarket, York Region
  • Second largest financial and professional services cluster in Ontario with over 6,000 industry related businesses – 3,100+ financial services companies, insurance firms, and accounting businesses
  • Over 60,000 sector related jobs in York Region (est.)
  • Central access to 25,000 STEM graduates annually in the Greater Toronto Area [Toronto Global, 2018]
  • Corporate and back office location for leading companies in the sector such as Allstate Insurance, Aviva Insurance, Bank of China, CIBC, Deloitte, E&I, HSBC, KPMG, MNP, TD Insurance, TD Waterhouse, Desjardins, Scotiabank, and others…
  • Leading Canadian FinTech hub with over 50 companies including industry leaders such as XE.com, Real Matters, Everlink Payment Services, Ceridian, Giesecke & Devrient, Paymentus, Toogood Financial, and others…
  • York Region has the highest number of finance and insurance companies in the Greater Toronto 905 Areas
Construction in York Region
  • Second largest consulting engineering and building & construction cluster in the Greater Toronto Area with 6,900 firms
  • $3.3 billion construction value in York Region in 2018, second highest share of construction activity in Ontario and sixth highest in Canada
  • Over 50,000 new homes were sold in York Region since 2014, including over 25,000 high-rise condo units; leads all the 905-Greater Toronto Areas
  • Multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment projects including Toronto-York subway extension line, 36km Bus Rapid Transit corridors, and the planned Yonge subway extension to Richmond Hill
  • Industry cluster of over 10,000 trades, construction developers, real estate and consulting engineering firms
  • Canadian headquarters or major office locations of leading consulting engineering firms including AECOM, AE Engineering, ARCADIS, Black & McDonald, GHD, Morrison Hershfield, Stantec, WSP, and WorleyParsons
  • Home to many of Canada’s leading construction, infrastructure, and real estate companies including Brookfield, Condrain, Flato, Greenpark, Liberty, Miller Group, Remington, and SmartCentres
Life Science in York Region
  • Over 300 life science and health technology firms in York Region
  • Home to 4 world-class hospitals with Canada’s first ‘smart’ hospital – Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital – opening in 2020
  • Local hospitals-affiliated innovation and accelerator programs include Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2), ventureLAB health Ecosphere, CreateIT Now Southlake, and Seneca HELIX
  • Home to global companies like Alexion, Allergan, Astellas, Canon Medical, Cardinal Health, Cerner, Johnson & Johnson, Leo Pharma, Olympus, PerkinElmer, Philips Healthcare, Smiths Medical, and Teva
  • Many Canadian industry leaders such as Apotex, Amico Group, Prollenium Medical, Impopharma, and Platinum Naturals
  • Central access to over 17,500 life science graduate students annually across the Greater Toronto Area [Toronto Global, 2018]
GM Canada | Markham, York Region
  • Canada’s largest auto parts manufacturing cluster with over 100 companies, and a top location for automotive corporate offices and AutoTech R&D
  • Canadian head offices of global automotive companies including BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, and Volvo
  • York Region is Canada’s largest auto parts and automotive electronics manufacturing cluster by number of employees with an estimated 15,000 local jobs (est.) – APRC, 2016
  • Corporate HQ location of Magna International, North America’s largest auto parts manufacturer, and other auto parts manufacturing and engineering leaders including TS Tech, Co-Ex-Tec, Van-Rob, Autoliv Electronics, Martinrea, MCC, Multimatic, Showa, and Novo Plastics
  • Home to GM’s Canadian Technical Centre markham Campus – Canada’s largest software R&D and innovation hub for autonomous and connected vehicles
  • Other auto sector IT companies include CIeNET, Applanix, Dealer-FX, and others.
  • Location of choice for high-end automotive assembly including the Ford GT ‘Supercar’ and the Aston Martin Valkyrie ‘Hypercar’ at Multimatic Inc.
Logistics Distribution
  • Major Toronto area warehousing and distribution hub with over 1,800 industry related businesses
  • Strategic location in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area and a key highway corridor including the 404-DVP, 400, 427, and 407-ETR
  • York Region’s southwest boundary is only 12km (7.5mi) from Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Over 20,000 local jobs in warehousing, distribution, transportation, and logistics
  • Over 1,800 industry related businesses in York Region
  • Home to over 100 corporate and third-party warehouses and distribution centers including Costco, FedEx Ground, Home Depot, Ganz, Mobis Parts, Purolator, Serta-Simmons, Toys “R” Us, Sobeys, Longo’s, and UPS
  • Major GTA freight transport hub with over 1,300 trucking firms and home to major CN rail and CP rail intermodal terminals
Manufacturing in York Region
  • Canada’s fifth largest manufacturing cluster with 80,000 local jobs and over 2,600 manufacturers
  • $12 billion in annual manufacturing exports (est.) from 2,700 York Region-based exporters
  • Key manufacturing industry verticals in York Region include auto parts, electronic and electrical products, building products, food products, and pharmaceuticals
  • Home of leading Toronto area manufacturers including Magna International, Mircom Group of Companies, Microart, Martinrea, Jeldwen, RuggedCom-Siemens, Showa, Teva, GE Grid IQ, Apotex, Amico, Gracious Living, Allan Window Technologies, Teledyne Optech, Creation Technologies, Clover Tool, and Mars Canada, to name a few
Agri-food in York Region
  • Over 270 food/beverage processing manufacturers and distributor businesses making it one of Canada’s largest clusters
  • Includes leading food processors and manufacturers such as Concord Confections, Arla Foods, Canada Bread, Silani Cheese, Smuckers, Sofina, Tootsie Roll, King Cole Ducks, Krinos, Treasure Mills, Summer Fresh Salads, Rubicon Food Products, La Rocca Creative Cakes, Mars, Unico, and more…
  • Over 700 farm-based businesses across York Region
  • Home to the Holland Marsh comprised of over 120 farms on 2,832 hectares of agricultural land with estimated $1 billion annual economic impact
  • 2016 Agriculture Census Data for York Region
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