Sectors of Strength
Barrie has numerous competitive advantages as a location for your business; explore the City’s sectors of strength to find out more. The Business Development Department aims to attract businesses, and drive growth in these sectors.
Barrie has a strong business climate, and ranks well in a number of provincial and national reports. The city’s sectors of strength include Manufacturing, Data & Security, and Technology & Innovation. As you explore these sectors in more detail, please speak with an Invest Barrie representative to discuss how your business can grow in Barrie.
Barrie’s manufacturers produce a diverse mix of goods destined for worldwide markets. The city’s manufacturing clusters centers around automotive parts, machinery, and fabricated metal products. Companies in Barrie are also heavily involved in aerospace, plastics manufacturing, precision cutting, and the like.
Manufacturing Sector Profile
Data & Security
Barrie is home to four large-scale data centres belonging to Cogeco, TD Financial Services, Bank of Montreal, and IBM. They range in size from 60,000 SF to 320,000 SF. The City is an attractive location for data centres due to its excellent connectivity, climate, and availability of space.
Technology & Innovation
Barrie’s growing technology scene is welcoming more and more start-ups that are looking for a low-cost location, a close-knit business community, and the ease of access to larger metro areas within Ontario. The city’s technology companies are focused on digital media, IT and web solutions, software development, and more.
Food Processing & Food Entrepreneurship
Barrie has always been a strong location for individuals and companies in the food business. Barrie supports the growth of entrepreneurial food businesses with its extensive transportation systems, and post-secondary training provided through Georgian College. Larger food processors easily access available buildings, talent, and various resources to foster their business practices.