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Barrie - Go Further, Faster

Barrie, as a part of the "Great Golden Horseshoe," one of North America's fastest growing regions, serves as an ideal playground for entrepreneurs seeking to establish or expand their businesses.
Barrie, located in Central Ontario, just 90 kms north of Toronto, is situated along the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, the western arm of Lake Simcoe. This modestly sized city comes with a beautiful waterfront at its heart, the city offers a unique boardroom-to-boardwalk lifestyle for residents. In Barrie you will find a prosperous and connected community that values innovation and sustainability in business. Quality of life is a top priority, with spacious housing options, stunning scenery, and excellent education and training opportunities. Whether you're looking for outdoor recreation, an easy commute, or a thriving business environment, Barrie has it all.

Average household income

Source: BMA Municipal Study, 2021

Top 25

Best Small Cities in Canada

Source: Resonance Consultancy


Top City to invest in Ontario

Source: REIN, 2018


Population growth by 2051

Source: InvestBarrie


Jobs by 2051

Source: InvestBarrie

Benefits of Relocating

Talent that comes here, stays here

  • Barrie is brimming with next-gen talent. They are youthful and bold, innovative and entrepreneurial. They possess abundant potential to shape the future of this beautiful city.
  • 61% of Barrie’s workforce has a post-secondary education. Georgian University, Ontario’s #1 co-op college, leader in CNC and robotics is located in Barrie. Barrie is also home to Lakehead university, one of Canada’s top undergraduate research universities. Attracting thousands of students every year, Barrie’s pipeline of skilled talent is limitless.
  • Industry-academia collaborations like the $30M investment in the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre ensures high quality knowledge output in Barrie.

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 Barrie Support Services

Barrie is among the best small cities in Canada, coupled with it’s rapid growth rate and diverse expanding economy, the municipality’s upward trajectory is on the fastlane.

Southmedic Inc, Empower Simcoe, Napoleon, CSR Cosmetic Solutions, Western Mechanical are some of the largest employers in the region. Arts, entertainment and recreation, Manufacturing, Finance and insurance, have seen 34%, 17% and 13% growth in 5 years respectively. (2014-2019)

Barrie’s focus on innovation and collaboration is the backbone of it’s collaborative, tight-knit business community. You will be surrounded by people seeking an ideal location to start or expand a business in Barrie.

Companies looking to expand their customer base, open a satellite office, develop distribution channels or partnerships are welcome to ‘land’ in Belleville, Ontario. Work with our team of consultants who will ensure your transition is a smooth one by providing:

  • Dedicated programs helping international firms explore the City of Belleville as a landing site for expansion/investment into the North American Market
  • Business Services – Professional support from legal, immigration and taxation, business coaching and mentoring, introductions to business networking organisations.
  • Relocation Services – Dedicated staff providing concierge services to help you “land” in Belleville.
  • Mix of different office spaces ranging from coworking spaces to premium Class A office suites.

Key Sectors

The combination of futuristic industries like advanced manufacturing, information technology, and cultural industries like food and beverage provide stability to Barrie through all economic cycles. These crucial sectors are fostering innovation and promoting growth in the region.


Data, Security, and Cloud Services

Food & Beverage

Automation & Precision Manufacturing

Technology, Software Development & Digital Media


Access to Markets

Access to Markets


The city’s location is one that’s sought after. It lies within 100 km of Toronto, the Blue Mountains, and Ontario’s cottage country, and 90 minutes by flight to New York, Boston, and Washington.

Located in Central Ontario, with advantageous access to big cities within the province as well as across borders, Barrie continues to invest in connectivity upgrades. High-value highway and roadway projects are underway that connect Barrie to further external markets making moving goods in and out of the city even more efficient.


The city of Barrie has 5,700 acres of land in its secondary planning area that are open for future development. To explore development opportunities, you can view the city’s interactive GIS mapping tool right here.

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