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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.

Introduction to Toronto

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Why Toronto

Very few cities in the world can offer such multi-sector strength, depth of talent and a driving economic and financial engine.

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Start your business

Toronto is a magnet for entrepreneurship and innovation; however, transforming an idea into a business and fostering its growth is not a straightforward process. The City offers tips, resources, and one-on-one advice to help new businesses succeed.

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Operate & Grow Your Business

The City is committed to creating an environment for business to thrive. Staff help business navigate municipal programs and provide consultation and hands-on solutions.


How we can help

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Consultation and advocacy

Economic Development staff leverage their experience and knowledge of Toronto's business landscape to help with business development and expansion, location and relocation.

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Support for key industry sectors

Toronto houses a web of interconnected businesses that are stronger because of those connections. This multi-sector strength drives growth, innovation and synergies.

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Business Improvement Areas (BIA)

The City's Business Improvement Area (BIA) Office helps Toronto's network of 78 BIAs to create prosperous, competitive and safe business areas.


Business incubation services

Together with community partners the City delivers a broad range of business incubation programs to support small business success.


Recruitment services

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.

City Planning

Do Business with the City

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Partner with the City

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.