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Amazon will find a diverse workforce with the talent, knowledge and skill sets required to succeed in Simcoe County

Our richly multicultural society, comprised of people from all over the world, can help Amazon build and maintain ties to global markets. Ontario welcomes more than 350,000 immigrants per year to help ensure employers always have access to the highly-skilled workers they need.

Simcoe County is one of the fastest growing regions in the province with a forecasted growth rate of 40% by 2031. 

As our population grows, so too will our available labour force.

More than 200 languages spoken in Ontario


Educated Workforce

Ontario provides one of the best educated talent pools in the world, where 68% of adults have completed post-secondary education, more than in any other OECD country

Within 50 miles of potential sites, Amazon will have access to:

  • Up to 7.3 million people
  • Up to 3.9 million available labour force
  • 7 colleges and 7 universities generating more than 120,000 college students and 45,000 university graduates


Among the 14 Colleges and Universities:

  • Georgian College is ranked #1 in graduate employment rate and #1 co-op College in Ontario
  • The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre (ATIRC) at Georgian College, will contain research and commercialization labs, multi-use classrooms and collaboration space for as many as 800 new engineering degree and diploma students.
  • University of Toronto Engineering was the #1 Engineering school in Canada across all major international rankings in 2016.
  • York University is the 2nd largest university in Ontario and 3rd largest in Canada with 46,400 undergraduate students and 5,900 graduate students
  • Durham College ranked one of Canada's top 50 research colleges for its 4th consecutive year - Research Infosource Inc.
  • University of Guelph ranked #4 for Comprehensive Universities in Canada – Maclean's University rankings

Fostering Innovation, Entrepreneurship & STEM

Ontario's colleges and universities produce nearly 40,000 skilled graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) each year – the 2nd most per capita among North American states and provinces and a top-five producer in overall output. The Province of Ontario is committed to increasing the number of STEM graduates to 50,000 and has the goal of becoming the #1 producer in this category.

Ontario is committed to sustaining its leadership in AI by working with the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence to establish a new Master's program in applied science for 1,000 new students annually, significantly increasing the number of graduates (currently 30 graduates per year).

The Ontario government's investment in the Vector Institute is a cornerstone of Canada's robust artificial intelligence strategy. It reinforces Ontario's standing as a global centre for AI research and development.

Industry Training and Supports 

The County of Simcoe is actively working with industry and partners to ensure the local labour force is aligned with the needs of area businesses.

A key partner working to provide relevant and timely industry training and support is Georgian College. Georgian College offers customized workforce development programs designed to meet the specific training needs of industry. With flexible delivery options and a highly trained faculty, Georgian College is ready to provide Amazon with top quality, customized workforce development programs.

Georgian College is also home to the University Partnership Centre which is recognized by the Province of Ontario as a cost-effective model for expanding access to post-secondary education through collaboration and credit transfer. Its central vision is to provide choice and flexibility in degree studies in innovative ways. This includes collaborative university degrees, Georgian's own degrees, and transfer agreements with 500 universities across Canada and world-wide.

In spring 2018, Georgian College will be opening the new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre (ATIRC), a $30-million, 56,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at its Barrie campus, in the heart of Simcoe County. This facility will be an important resource where academia and industry can collaborate to innovate, diversify the economy and create new opportunities for the future.

The facility will also support more than 800 new degree and diploma students, is home to the first Engineering degree in the region and will provide a venue for technology commercialization.

  • Welcome Amazon

    Simcoe County welcomes Amazon to our region.

  • Skills & Talent Support

    Amazon will find a diverse and growing workforce with the talent, knowledge and skill sets required to succeed in Simcoe County.

  • Transportation & Logistics

    Simcoe County provides easy to use public transportation systems, along with high capacity road network, that is critical to Amazon’s success.

  • Quality of Place

    As well as being a great place to live and work, Simcoe County is Ontario’s four-season outdoor playground.

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    Additional key advantages that make Canada, Ontario and Simcoe County a top destination choice for investment.

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