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Sectors of Strength

The strength of Barrie's key sectors is helping to build the local talent pool, creating new opportunities for innovation and growth. The Business Development Department aims to attract businesses, and drive growth in these sectors.

Automation & Precision Manufacturing

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.

Manufacturing Sector Profile

Data Centre, Security & Cloud Services

Barrie is home to four large-scale data centres belonging to TD Financial Services, Bank of Montreal, IBM and Cogeco . 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.


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 & Beverage

Barrie has always been a strong location for 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.

Life Sciences

Barrie's growth in life sciences is related to our close proximity to Canada's Life Sciences Hub in the Greater Toronto Area.

Barrie partners with the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE Network), Regional inovation Centres and Canada's largest health services provider - LifeLabs and St. Elizabeth Health.  

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