Doing Business in Toronto
Toronto is repeatedly and consistently ranked at the top of international indexes for competitiveness, innovation and liveability. Very few cities in the world can offer such multi-sector strength, depth of talent and a driving economic and financial engine. Toronto is a pro-business environment and prides itself on a city government that is committed to nurturing and supporting business.
Very few cities in the world can offer such multi-sector strength, depth of talent and a driving economic and financial engine.
Services, programs and one-on-one advice to support business startup and growth.
Programs, services and hands-on support to help businesses grow, expand, export and manage everyday challenges.
October 14, 2015: Certain HVAC products can save companies water and money, and also qualify for rebates from the City of Toronto. Find out how to leverage these benefits to boost products sales at this complimentary session for HVAC contractors, manufacturers and sellers. Learn more.
The Canada Makes Advanced Manufacturing Assets Database allows free access to a searchable listing of public and private sector entities involved in the development, adoption and diffusion of advanced manufacturing technologies in Canada. Learn more and add your organization to the database.
On August 7, 2015 the IES0 notified the City in writing that the support resolution for FiT 4.0 which was passed by City Council on June 10 was not acceptable to the IESO.
In 2014 direct investment in Toronto's screen-based industry reached $1.23 billion, exceeding the $1 billion-mark for the fourth consecutive year.
Toronto is ranked as the best place to live among 50 cities in The Economist's new Safe Cities Index report.
Toronto ranked second behind Sydney, Australia in an annual study, comparing the reputations of 100 cities worldwide, recently issued by the Reputation Institute. In 2012 Toronto placed 22nd in this same study.
Toronto, with total tax costs lower than comparable Canadian and American cities, took top spot among major international cities in the recently released KPMG Competitive Alternatives, Focus on Tax 2014 report.
Toronto has been selected as the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). The redevelopment of Toronto's waterfront, particularly the convergence of technology and economic growth helped secure the city's ranking. Read more.
The City has updated the Toronto Green Standard to include higher energy conservation targets for new buildings. The updates apply to new development started after January 2014.
Economic Development staff leverage their experience and knowledge of Toronto's business landscape to help with business development and expansion, location and relocation.
Toronto houses a web of interconnected businesses that are stronger because of those connections. This multi-sector strength drives growth, innovation and synergies.
The City's Gold Star program for business is an enhanced case management program to expedite eligible industrial, commercial office and institutional development and building applications.
The Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Office staff guide filming professionals through the entire location filming permit process.
The City's Business Improvement Area (BIA) Office helps Toronto's network of 81 BIAs to create prosperous, competitive and safe business areas.
Looking for advice and mentoring; office space or shared equipment to start or grow your business? Search this database to find the supports you need.
Toronto Employment Social Services (TESS) staff work with businesses to match employers with qualified candidates. TESS provides many services for employers including hiring supports and incentives.
The Toronto Office of Partnerships is your one-window access to an array of partnering opportunities. Whether naming rights, sponsorships, donations or unsolicited proposals, TOP professionals will help determine if your idea falls within the City's goals and where the most mutually rewarding fit might be.