The County of Simcoe, home to world class operations, is quickly emerging as one of Ontario's largest business and manufacturing hubs. From automotive and food processing to glass manufacturing, aerospace and aggregates, Simcoe County is home to businesses in every niche. From its convenient location just north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the county offers all the amenities of much larger cities, but without the traffic, gridlock, noise, pollution and costs that come from living and working in major urban centres.
-Business in Focus Magazine, April 2016
Ideally situated just north of the Greater Toronto Area stretching from the shores of Lake Simcoe to Georgian Bay, Simcoe County's combination of location, lifestyle and opportunity makes it a great place to live and do business.
Simcoe County is strategically located in Central Ontario with easy access to local and international markets.
Growing Market: Simcoe County is a growing marketplace with close to 9-million people within a 200 kilometre radius and over 130-million people within a one-day drive.
Connected to major highways facilitating transportation to Canadian, US and international markets, with over 130 million people within a one-day drive.
With easy highway access and no urban encroachment, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, is a 24/7 operation with on-site Canada Customs that features a 6,001 foot runway perfect for most commercial aircrafts.
Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest air transportation hub, is located within one-hour from Simcoe County providing access to domestic and international visitors.
Short-line rail service provides daily interchanges with CP Rail connecting to major North American cities.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada's workforce is the most highly educated among members of the OECD, with half of its working-age population having tertiary-level education.
Total labour force within the County of Simcoe is 238,465
Within a one-hour commute, there are over 1.5 million available workers.
Labour force education and training is supported in the several institutions and organizations in the area including Georgian College, Lakehead University and private colleges.
Research and Development
Canada offers the lowest business costs in the G7 for R&D intensive sectors, with a 15.8 percent cost advantage over the United States.
Lakehead University provides faculty research support for early stage research and development projects, and offers industry access to all facilities.
Georgian College's Centre for Applied Research and Innovation provides in-depth assistance for applied research and commercialization projects, including materials testing, professional advice, and financial/human resources support.
Opportunities are available to leverage provincial and federal funding in R&D, labour, marketing, exporting and much more.
Quality of Life
Simcoe County is considered by many to be Ontario's four-season outdoor playground. Visitors enjoy breathtaking views, a vibrant arts and cultural community, walking trails, parks, marinas, shopping and dining, and a variety of entertainment ranging from a world class show at the Casino, snowmobiling, skydiving, and horseracing to lounging on the beach, boating and skiing. There are a number of reasons this region has been identified as a premier tourism destination in Canada, including:
- Our extensive waterfront access, including Lake Simcoe, the largest lake in Ontario after the Great Lakes; Georgian Bay, famous for its crystal clear water on Lake Huron; and Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world.
- A variety of outdoor facilities offering an assortment of activities, more than 50 golf courses, 60 marinas, 3 ski resorts, 7 provincial parks, 1 national park and hundreds of kilometres of cross-county skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and mountain biking trails.
- A growing agri-culinary sector, including the development of several signature foodie trails, craft breweries and distilleries.
The County of Simcoe boasts a multitude of housing opportunities that are more affordable compared to their counterparts in the Greater Toronto Area. Housing opportunities range from rental apartments to starter homes to large waterfront estates.
Simcoe County is a quaint and yet thriving community with the added benefits of being in proximity to Toronto's vibrant economy. Greater Toronto is fueled by its over 7 million residents and its 16 million annual tourists, and Simcoe County is the gateway to the highest concentration of vacation homes in Southern Ontario's "cottage country" making it an ideal place for businesses to flourish.
- Tanger Outlets Mall, Innisfil
The Canadian Advantage
- Canada leads the G7 with the lowest overall tax rate on new business development. Ontario's combined federal and provincial tax rate (28 percent) is the lower than the average American state (36 percent) for manufacturing firms.
- Canada led the G7 countries in economic growth over the past decade (2003-2012).
- For the seventh consecutive year, the World Economic Forum has declared Canada's banking system to be the soundest in the world.
- According the World Bank, Canada is one of the most multicultural countries with world-class universities, a universal health care system, clean and friendly cities, and second highest standard of living in the G7, as measured by GDP per capita.
- Canada is your gateway to the world. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides companies with free-trade access to a market valued at US $18 trillion and new trade agreements are increasing accessibility to new markets daily. Once the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into force, companies with a Canadian presence can access a market of nearly 1 billion consumers and a GDP of over US $35 trillion.
- Ontario contributes over 38 percent of the national gross domestic product for Canada and supplies 54 percent of Canada's manufacturing shipments.
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