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Ontario Directory of Economic Development Organizations

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The Ontario Canada economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Ontario and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Try the custom Search: Canada Search: Ontario  or Search: Americas tools for regional site selection research across economic development websites which share timely local market knowledge about doing business in their areas.
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Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Ontario Canada.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful as background to support your project plans.

See explanation of column headings below.

Suggestions are welcome, and please report any broken links.

We also welcome reciprocal links from relevant organizations.

See how to request a relevant directory listing

Organization Scope Contacts Website and other resources
Ontario Province

Project announcements

Economic Developers Council of Ontario - EDCO Association
Southern Ontario - Greater Toronto region    
Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance Metro area

Karen Campbell

City of Toronto Economic Development - 2007 presentation in fDi magazine - fDi City of the Future City - maps of the Toronto region

fDi Atlas 2007

Ron Wandel


2 page article about Toronto

York Region Economic Development Office Region
City of Burlington (Ontario) Economic Development Corporation City
Burlington (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce Chamber
City of Mississauga - fDi City of the Future City

Richmond Hill Town
City of Brampton City
City of Vaughan City
City of Oshawa City
Regional Municipality of Durham, in Whitby Region  L1N603
Town of Ajax Town  L1S249
City of Barrie Economic Development Office City
Southern Ontario Scope Contacts Website and other resources
London Economic Development Corp City
City of Brantford City 

City of Kitchener City
Canada's Technology Triangle (Kitchener / Waterloo region) Region
Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance Region
City of Woodstock, Ontario City (519) 539-2382

County of Oxford, Ontario (Woodstock area) County (519) 539-9800
Stratford Economic Development & Tourism Dept City
City of Niagara Falls City
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Local
City of Chatham-Kent Economic Development Local  N7M5L3


Sarnia-Lambton Economic Dev Office Multi county
Windsor-Essex County Development Commission County, city of Windsor ON 519-255-9200
Eastern Ontario Scope Contacts Website and other resources
Ontario East Econ Dev Commission Region
Ottawa Economic Development Corp - Centre for Research and Innovation City
City of Ottawa, Ontario City
City of Kingston City
City of Cornwall City
Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corp. - Invest Peterborough City

City of Kawartha Lakes City
Quinte Business Development Center Region
County of Lennox & Addington County
Northern Ontario - areas north of Toronto Contacts Website and other resources
Industry Canada - FedNor National / Regional
Team Northern Ontario Region
City of Greater Sudbury City
North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce City
Orillia Economic Development Office City
Collingwood Economic Development Office Town
Wasaga Beach Community Development Office Local
Gravenhurst Town
Western Ontario Scope Contacts Website and other resources
Rainy River Future Dev Corporation Region
City of Thunder Bay City
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above links to many Ontario local and regional economic development organizations (EDO) as an extension of our directory for the larger Canada region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
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2005 Canada winners and finalists

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2007 North American Cities of the Future


Toronto, Ontario 

 - see February ad, Spotlight

Mississauga, Ontario

Windsor, Ontario

London, Ontario

Waterloo, Ontario

Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Barrie, Ontario

June 30, 2005 - Congratulations to Woodstock, Ontario and Oxford County for winning the C$800 million Toyota assembly plant project, estimated to create 1300 new direct jobs.

- Toyota press release about the project


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