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Location & Business Advantages

"Barrie's geographic location, the quality of life for its residents and workforce... these are the key elements to the success of our business in this area." – Wolfgang Schroeter, President of Wolf Steel Ltd.

Central Location

Location, location, location: Barrie is perfectly situated between Ontario’s serene cottage country and the hustle and bustle of the Greater Toronto Area. As part of a region that produces one-quarter of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product, Barrie businesses have access to 9 million people within a 100-mile radius, and more than 131 million North American consumers within a one-day trucking distance.

Barrie’s Largest Employers: Private Sector # of Employees Sector
Wolf Steel / Napoleon Appliances 800 Manufacturer of Heating Equipment
 Georgian International  675  Management of Companies & Enterprises
Sinton Transportation 589 Ground Passenger Transportation
Transcom 490 Admin & Support Services
Scotiabank 400 Financial Services
The Source Headquarters 400 Management of Companies & Enterprises
Russell Security Services Inc. 360 Security Services
GEEP Group of Companies  355 Electronic & Precision Equipment Repair & Maintenance
Matsu Manufacturing Inc. 350 Foundry Steel Castings
Source: Huronia Business Times, 2016
Barrie’s Largest Employers: Public Sector # of Employees
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board 3,400
Georgian College 2,500
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre  2,465
City of Barrie 1,265
YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka 1,024
Source: Huronia Business Times, 2016

Getting Around

Living in Barrie makes it easy to get from Point A to Point B, whether within the City or heading to neighbouring communities. With convenient public transit routes, regional train service into larger hubs, local airport amenities, and expansive highway infrastructure, travel and the shipment of goods are effortless.

Strong Pool of Skilled Workers

Barrie's labour force consists of a talented and qualified pool of regional workers – both in terms of seasoned professionals and new graduates. In Barrie, companies have ready access to graduates of Georgian College, which grants college diplomas and university degrees, through its University Partnership Centre (UPC).

Universities in driving distance Distance Number of Graduates
(Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral)
University of Toronto 95 km 15,508
Ontario College of Art & Design 100 km 758
Ryerson University 97 km 6,602
York University  78 km 11,246
University of Ontario Institute of Technology  128 km 1,454
University of Guelph 132 km 5,678

Recent Accolades

  • 1st – Georgian College overall rank for international student satisfaction among 11 Ontario colleges and sixth globally among 182 institutions (2016, International Student Barometer)
  • 3rd – Largest proportion of college graduates in Canada (2011, Statistics Canada, National Household Survey)

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