Provincial Profile

Ontario is the best location for investment in Canada, according to Site Selection magazine's annual “Best to Invest” rankings. Based on qualifying new corporate facilities and expansions, Ontario won the prestigious Canadian Competitiveness Award, an honour bestowed each year by the internationally renowned publication.

Ontario is the largest province in Canada, home to the capital city of Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto.

Advantages

What makes this province unique? Three words: Innovation – Collaboration –Talent. Ontario is the largest IT region in North America outside of Silicon Valley. Here you can collaborate with universities and R&D facilities to drive innovation from lab to market quickly. Ontario’s extensive network of incubators and accelerators ensures a steady stream of innovative concepts, ideas and products that strengthen the entire ecosystem. And you’ll find an abundance of sophisticated talent with expertise across a wide array of sectors to generate the technological advancements needed to get – and stay – ahead.

Ontario Investment Office

The Ontario Investment Office serves as a one-window point of entry to provide improved access to services for major investment projects, licensing and permit coordination, facilitation of workforce training and site-selection supports. In short, the Office makes it easy to expand your business in Ontario.

Workforce

At 67%, Ontario has the highest level of postsecondary educational attainment in the OECD. An extensive network of 44 universities and colleges produces some 40,000 STEM graduates each year, and Ontario is home to 50% of the Canadian workforce in the high tech, financial and other knowledge-intensive industries.

With over 200 languages spoken, Ontario is easily Canada's most culturally diverse province. Your company will have access to a multicultural labour force that can provide reliable, market-leading product support, customer service, planning services, and after-sales support to virtually anywhere in the world.

Provincial Incentives

The Ontario Investment Office makes it easy to grow your business in Ontario, Canada, offering an array of government incentive programs and services that can lower your corporate taxes and help your business save on labour costs, R&D, and expansion activities.

Some examples include the Jobs and Prosperity Fund that provides grant and loan funding for projects in advanced industries, and the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program, a tax incentive program that can save you upwards of 60% when combined with other provincial R&D programs.

For a more detailed listing of Ontario’s numerous funding programs, please visit Ontario Incentives.

Sector Strengths