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.
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.
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.
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.
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 78 BIAs to create prosperous, competitive and safe business areas.
Together with community partners the City delivers a broad range of business incubation programs to support small business success.
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.