Economic Development Strategy

About the Project

The City of Orillia is undertaking the development of a five-year Economic Development Strategic Plan that will provide City staff the opportunity to engage and consult with residents, employers, local and regional businesses, post-secondary students, tourism organizations, community organizations, and visitors of Orillia to get valuable feedback. The Economic Development Strategic Plan will identify Orillia’s economic vision, mission and goals while providing Council and staff with an actionable framework to guide economic development planning and build economic vitality over the next five years.

There will be several opportunities to share your feedback on economic development related opportunities and improvements through online and in-person surveys, community discussion, drop-in workshops, and social media engagement.

Community, business, and stakeholder consultations will occur between Jan 2024 - Feb 2024.

This webpage will be updated regularly with information regarding project progress to keep you informed and up to date.

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Community Consultation

The City’s Business Development office will be hosting community engagement sessions at the Orillia Public Library on Wed, Feb 21 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Tue, Feb 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  All members of the public are welcome to attend the Community Consultation. This is an opportunity to have your say to help shape Orillia’s economic future for the next five years.

The first hour of the community consultation will involve facilitated group discussions to discuss the vision for the economy over the coming years, how to achieve it, and what success looks like. The next 1.5 hours will be dedicated to drop-in style consultation with interactive stations to provide direct feedback on key themes such as festivals and events, quality of life, workforce development and education, other opportunities to support local economic growth, and more. The insights collected from the public will be crucial in building a prosperous and inclusive community Economic Development Strategy for Orillia. 


Sector-Specific Focus Groups

Oosterbaan Strategy will be organizing 4 Focus Groups in January, 2024. where stakeholders can dive into discussions about the current economic landscape and discover untapped opportunities for community and organizational growth. 

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Orillia Economic Development Community Survey


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Click the link above or scan the QR Code to take the survey!

The City is inviting residents, businesses, community organizations, and visitors of Orillia to participate in a community survey to help shape the future of economic development services in Orillia.

The survey will take approximately 10 mins to complete. Anyone who takes the survey is eligible to enter a draw to win Downtown Dollars. (gift certificates that can be used at participating downtown businesses).

The survey is open until Friday, Jan 19, 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the Community Consultation?

Residents, businesses, community organizations, and visitors of Orillia are welcome to participate in the Community Consultation.

Where can I find a hard copy of the survey?

If you prefer to complete the survey in person or require assistance, a hardcopy of the survey is available at the following locations:

Survey Hard Copy Pick-Up Locations

LocationAddressHours of Operation

Orillia City Centre

  • Main Lobby Customer Service Desk (1st Floor)
  • Main Lobby Financial Service Desk (1st Floor)
  • Development Services and Engineering Desk (3rd Floor)
  • Business Development, Culture and Tourism (1st Floor)
50 Andrew St. S.

Monday to Friday 

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

 Orillia Recreation Centre 255 West St. S.

Monday to Friday

6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Saturday & Sunday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 Orillia Public Library 36 Mississaga St. W.

Tuesday to Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.



10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 Orillia Opera House Box Office 20 Mississaga St. W.

Monday to Sunday

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Leacock Museum National Historic Site 50 Museum Dr.

Thursday to Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC)22 Peter St. S.

Monday to Friday

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


How long will the survey take to complete?

It will take approximately 10 mins to complete the survey.

Are there any incentives/prizes for completing the survey?

Yes! Participants who consent to be entered into the draw are eligible to win Downtown Dollars.

Who can fill the survey?

The City is open to everyone including; residents, employers and employeesstudents, tourism organizations, local and regional business and community support partners, and visitors of Orillia.

What is the survey about?

The Economic Development Community Survey is gathering feedback on topics such as:

  • Recreational amenities, attractions, restaurants, shops, and other experiences in Orillia
  • Education 
  • Quality of Life
  • Workforce
  • Arts and Culture

What are other ways for getting involved in the development of the Economic Development Strategic Plan?

In addition to the Economic Development Community Survey, the City’s Business Development office will be hosting community engagement sessions and completing interviews with key stakeholders to gather and analyze community-driven economic development ideas that will help determine the recommended actions of the five-year plan. 

To whom can I direct questions about the Economic Development Strategy?

For more information, contact the City of Orillia Business Development Office at 705-325-4900 or email