Barrie - Go Further, Faster
Located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, one of North America's fastest growing regions, Barrie serves as an ideal playground for entrepreneurs seeking to establish or expand their businesses.
Motto: The People are the City
Average household income
Best Small Cities in Canada
Top City to invest in Ontario
Population growth by 2051
Jobs by 2051
Benefits of Relocating
Life is better in Barrie
Discover a city with a range of housing options, where education and training opportunities abound, and where shorter commutes leave more time for leisure activities and passion projects. Welcome to Barrie.
The area is renowned for its thriving food scene, year-round farmers’ market, craft breweries, and an award-winning craft cidery, making it the unofficial culinary capital of Ontario.
The average home price in Barrie continues to be significantly less than greater Toronto.
Barrie Support Services
Barrie is a hotbed for start-ups and entrepreneurs, thanks to a team of community partners who are just a phone call away. Invest Barrie can introduce you to the organizations that will help you access the resources, supports and programming you need to achieve your business goals.
Some members of Barrie’s business support network include:
- Georgian College Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre
- Sandbox Centre
- Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia
- Barrie Chamber of Commerce
- Georgian College Research & Innovation
- Lakehead University Research & Innovation
The strong mix of industries provide stability to Barrie through economic cycles. These crucial sectors are fostering innovation and promoting growth in the region.
Health, Wellness and Life Sciences
Construction and Real Estate
Access to Markets
Barrie is connected to Provincial Highway 400 and major arterial highways, facilitating transportation across Canada and to U.S. markets.
Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA) is located 100km north of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The LSRA operates 24/7 and is a Canadian Border Services Agency Commercial Port-of-Entry for passenger and freight. The runway at LSRA is undergoing an expansion to accommodate larger aircrafts.
Short-line rail service is available through the Barrie-Collingwood Railway with a link to Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) Intermodal Terminal in Vaughan and Canadian National (CN) Rail International Terminal in Brampton.
COMMITTED TO GROWTH
Barrie is poised for significant future growth with 150,000 jobs and 298,000 residents projected by 2051.
Infrastructure upgrades to the highway and roadways that connect Barrie to external markets will make moving goods in and out of the city quicker and easier. New neighbourhoods will offer affordable housing options and a new Emergency Services Campus provides improved services for residents.
To explore development opportunities, you can view the city’s interactive GIS mapping tool right here.