City Profile

Grow your business in one of Canada's most investor-friendly cities. 

We are a city in the midst of exciting growth. With infrastructure in place, available land and housing, a growing post-secondary sector, and affordability - doing business in Orillia makes sense.

In Orillia, you can have the best of two worlds - it's where small town charm meets progressive business opportunities. 

For the past decade, Orillia has been consistently ranked* among one of the top 10 cities to invest in Canada. 

Explore these pages to learn more about our exciting growth and how your business can thrive in Orillia. 

*Canadian Property Investor Magazine and Real Estate Investment Network

 Education
 Orillia offers education opportunities for learners of all ages - from pre-school to post-secondary. Our education infrastructure includes:

These institutions ensure Orillia has a strong base of well-trained and skilled workers and provide local support to help businesses develop and implement customized training programs.

 Preschools

Bright Horizons Montessori

705-325-2073

4473 Orkney Beach Rd.

Children's Corner Nursery School

705-326-2171

58 Peter St. S. 

Chippewas of Rama Day Care

705-325-3868

5060 Grandmother Rd.

Coldwater Co-Operative Nursery School 

705-686-7827

20 Gray St. 

Little Lambs 

705-330-0277

505 Gill St. 

Orillia Central Pre-School - North 

705-325-1128

547 Laclie St.

Simcare Childcare 

705-327-5566

54 Albert St. N. 

Stella Montessori School - Orillia

705-323-9398

175 Oxford St. 

Wee Watch 

705-326-5015

236 Nottawasaga St. (Suite 2) 

West Ridge Early Education Centre

705-326-3299

735 University Ave. 

YMCA - Lions Oval 

705-326-6091

125 Brant St. W. 

YMCA - Notre Dame Child Care Centre

705-327-2607

YMCA - Kids Space

705-320-0233

300 Peter St. N. 

 Elementary Schools

Couchiching Heights School

705-325-9311

455 Laclie St.

Harriett Todd School

705-325-9388

11 George St.

Lions Oval School

705-325-5031

25 Brant St. W.

Monsignor Lee School

705-326-3601

14 Fittons Rd. E.

Notre Dame Catholic School

705-326-0979

1000 Harvie Settlement Rd.

Orchard Park School

705-325-7772

24 Calverley St. 

Regent Park School

705-326-7481

485 Regent St.

Samuel de Champlain School

705-326-7050

275 Park St.

St. Bernard's School

705-326-2331

255 Oxford St. 

 Secondary Schools

Orillia Secondary School

705-329-4537

250 Collegiate Dr.

Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School

705-325-9372

15 Commerce Rd.

Twin Lakes Secondary School

705-325-1318

381 Birch St.

Orillia Learning Centre

15-575 West St. S. 

705-325-9279

 Post Secondary Schools

Georgian College 

705-325-2705

825 Memorial Ave. 

Lakehead University - Downtown Campus

705-329-3387

1 Colborne St. W. 

Lakehead University - University Avenue Campus

705-330-4008

500 University Ave. 

 Private Schools

Orillia Christian School

705-326-0532

111 Simcoe St. 

 School Boards

Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud

1-800-274-3764

110 Drewry Ave. (North York)

Simcoe County District School Board

705-728-7570

1170 Hwy. 26, Midhurst

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

705-722-3555

46 Alliance Blvd., Barrie

 Healthcare

Orillia offers an array of specialized health-care services, social services, and long-term care facilities.

 Find a Doctor
Health Care Connect helps people who are without a family doctor to find one. For more information, call 1-800-445-1822 or visit the Health Care Connect website.

The City of Orillia Web site includes links to Web pages or sites operated by third parties that will take you away from our site to destinations over which we have no control. Our privacy statement does not apply to the sites of third parties and we do not assume any responsibility for the actions of third parties. We encourage you to review the policies of these sites yourself upon your arrival.

 Hospital
The City of Orillia boasts one of the best regional hospitals in the province. Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital recently grew by 50% following an $83-million expansion and redevelopment; its new Community Tower is a symbol of health-care excellence.

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital is a 230-bed community hospital that provides medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, psychiatric and chronic care services. As well as jointly-run programs with affiliated facilities, the hospital is recognized for a number of specialty services, such as its regional dialysis program and high risk obstetrics and neonatology.

In 1997, Soldiers' Memorial was awarded the National Quality Institute's Canada Awards for Excellence: Quality - Health Care trophy.

 Long-Term Care Facilities
A list of long-term care facilities can be found on our Business Directory.
 Public Health

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

705-721-7520

VON Orillia 

705-326-7505

Telehealth Ontario

1-866-797-0000 TTY:1-866-797-0007

Orillia Walk-In Dentistry

705-327-8062

 

 Social Services

North Simcoe Victim Crisis Services

705-325-5578

Community Mental Health

705-327-9122 / 705-325-2201

Hospice Orillia

705-327-7799

Information Orillia

705-326-7743

Sexual/Domestic Assault Treatment Centre

705-327-9155

Simcoe Outreach Services (Addictions)

705-325-4499

Telecare (Distress Line) 

705-325-9534

Community Care Access Centre

705-325-9566

Catulpa-Tamarac

705-326-8500

Specialized Services 

Seven South Street Treatment Centre (Addictions) 

705-325-3566

Alcoholics Anonymous Orillia 

705-325-6385

Alzheimer's Early Stage Support Group 

705-329-0909

Breast Screening Clinic Ontario Medical Imaging

705-326-2244

New Path Youth & Family Counselling Services

705-325-1005

Children's Aid Society

705-325-1005

Kid's Help Phone

1-800-668-0024

Green Haven Shelter for Women 

1-888-285-6958

St. John Ambulance

705-325-2761

 Get a Health Card
If you need a health card, visit the Service Ontario Website.
 Heritage
Thanks to logging and rail links with Toronto and Georgian Bay, Orillia became a commercial centre and summer resort destination in the mid 1800s. Orillia was founded as a village in 1867, the same year as Canada's Confederation, and was incorporated as a town in 1875.

Long before, deep on the floor of The Narrows between Lake Simcoe and Couchiching, natives constructed their fish weirs, now an archaeological treasure older than the Egyptian pyramids.

Nearly 400 years ago, Samuel de Champlain made his way through Orillia and, in the following century, fur traders and explorers travelled the area extensively.

By the early 1900s, Orillia was a bustling town and became the first municipality in North America to build its own hydro-electric power plant. This energy powered an industrial boom with sawmills, iron foundries, and a host of manufacturing companies producing farm implements, carriages, and automobiles and shipping these products across Canada.

The town was not just defined by its bustling foundries. Orillia also boasted the best Opera House north of Toronto. With the expansion of the railways, thousands arrived each summer for picnics and holidaying at Couchiching Park.

Always a progressive community, Orillia was the first municipality to introduce Daylight Saving Time in 1912 and printed its own money during the Great Depression as a form of relief.

During World War II, Orillia produced munitions and aircraft parts at plants that later began manufacturing equipment for the mining and pulp and paper industry.

Orillia was incorporated as a city in 1969. Today, Orillia is as popular a vacation spot as it was a century ago and proudly celebrates its heritage by working hard to preserve historic properties in the downtown. It owns three of the most prominent and attractive 19th-century buildings in the core - the landmark Orillia Opera House, the Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building and Central Public School. These buildings and others can be enjoyed as part of the Walking Tour of Historic Orillia.

To gain more insight in to Orillia's rich history, visit our Library's William Frost Scrapbook collection. This collection is full of amazing photos and information dating back to the late 1800's.

For information regarding Orillia's Heritage Designated Buildings, please see this page.

 Housing
Available and affordable housing is a vital component for the creation and sustainability of prosperous and complete communities.

It is important that housing meets the needs of all residents and respond to changes in demographics and shifts in demand. Communities are becoming increasingly diverse and the housing supply needs to respond to this diversity as well as maintain its sense of community and character.

Orillia's Housing Future

It's predicted the City of Orillia will experience a population increase to 41,000 by 2031, which means a corresponding number of housing units will need to be introduced in order for the Orillia housing market to keep up with this anticipated growth.

Not only will there be a need in the numbers of units to increase but also the variety. Affordable Housing options for those with limited incomes, including students, young families and seniors will be required to accommodate changing needs  in the community. Orillia has already taken its first steps with the creation of the Orillia Affordable Housing Action Plan.

With the introduction of the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) initiative announced by the Province for 2011-2015, front line agencies involved in housing could receive funds for the development of housing in Orillia.

The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) and other publications including MoneySense have ranked Orillia as being part of the top towns to invest in.

Orillia's average housing price indicates a market with great investment opportunities.  In conjunction with the increased investment opportunity. City Staff have created information to help owners and developers responsibly convert single dwellings to multi-unit dwellings in order to create safe dwelling units, as well as, increase their profits and the City's housing options. 

The City is currently in the process of working to streamline its Site Plan Approval process to decrease the time spent on approvals for developers who are looking to build in Orillia.

Both the Economic Development and Housing Committees are key advocates and supporters of a prosperous and healthy housing future in Orillia.


Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website has information and programs to assist you. 

 Telecommunications/ Internet Connectivity
Today, Orillia residents and businesses are reaping the benefits of the foresight shown in 1998, when a state-of-the-art fibre optic communications system was developed and installed in Orillia. This exciting new technology, with a 155-megabit/second capacity, provides faster communication with the world for Just-In-Time information, e-commerce, web marketing, and customer support. Coupled with high-speed Internet service, Orillia offers reliable dual connectivity capabilities to ensure you're always on-line.
 Tourism
Tourism is a key economic driver in our community and region.

The City, through the Economic Development Office (EDO) continues to collaborate with community organizations and business to support, promote and facilitate growth as a tourist destination.

In 2015, Orillia City Council move forward with an Orillia First tourism approach by adopting recommendations to expand the EDO into a organizations department and hiring a Manager of Tourism who will take a lead role in the co-ordination of co-operative efforts to promote the city and its tourism-related businesses, events, festivals, cultural opportunities and attractions to potential visitors from the surrounding region, the Greater Toronto Area and beyond

In addition, the EDO will foster the development and acquisition of resources facilitating the provision of tourism-related services and events, as well as improving the capacity of the community to enhance tourism.

To guide future tourism activities, the development of a 3-Year Tourism Strategic Action Plan and a 1-Year Implementation Plan is currently under way.

Areas of responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of tourism roles/responsibilities
  • Tourism branding
  • Events catalogue
  • Orillia Festivals Committee action plans
  • Funding - private/community/government
  • Promotion/advertising/marketing
  • Regional co-operation
  • Events promotion and coordination
  • Volunteer development
  • Visitor surveys
  • Results-oriented approach and tracking 
 Transportation

Orillia is well connected. Located in the economic bread basket of Ontario, Orillia boasts easy access to major markets - by road, air, water, or rail. This enables industries and businesses to receive materials and deliver finished products competitively and in a timely manner. Residents of Orillia can also get to and from Toronto, the United States, and all points in between, without the headaches of living in a major centre.

Orillia is located:

  • Approximately 200 kilometres (140 miles) from the Canada/U.S. border
  • Within 10 hours' drive from major Canadian and U.S. markets along the Great Lakes and into Quebec
  • Just 115 kilometres (72 miles) from Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest airport
  • 20 minutes from Lake Simcoe Regional Airport
 Air
Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada, is located just 115 kilometres south of Orillia. Pearson offers a complete range of daily domestic and international flights. Limousine and bus service connections are available to Orillia passengers, and car rental agencies provide a one-way drop off service to or from Pearson. Travelling time to the airport is just over one hour.

The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is conveniently located between Orillia and Barrie in the Township of Oro-Medonte. This airport, located outside Toronto's busy airspace, offers a 5000 ft. paved and lighted runway, Global Positioning System, aviation fuel: 100LL and Jet-A, instrument approach, Canada Customs, passenger and freight charter service and flight training.

The Lake St. John Airport, located on Lake St. John, 16 kilometres east of Orillia, has two runways, the longest being 1,000 metres. It is able to handle Twin Otter, Caribou, Buffalo and most light twin engine aircraft. Maintenance is available, as well as new and used parts.

 Bus
Orillia Transit (Public Transit)

In-town bus service 
Weekday and Saturday service

For information about routes and fees, see the Orillia Transit web page, view the Bus Routes Schedule or view the Fare Structure.

Greyhound Bus Lines

Scheduled service to Toronto four times daily 
Starting from: Orillia Bus Station, 150 Front Street South, in downtown Orillia

For information about routes and fees: call 1-800-661-TRIP (8747) or visit Greyhound

Ontario Northland

Scheduled service to Toronto five times daily 
Starting from Washago Bus Station

For information about routes and fees: call 705-472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512, or visit Ontario Northland.

Hammond Transportation Ltd.

Scheduled service to Barrie daily with stops that service both Orillia's Georgian College campus and Lakehead University campus.

For information about routes and fees: call 705-417-2000, or visit Hammond Transportation Ltd.

Highway 
Two major highway corridors - Highway 400/Highway 11 and Highway 12 - provide access to the north, south, east, and west. These modern, major highways provide convenient and easy-to-navigate access to the city of Orillia from all directions.
 Rail
Ontario Northland offers passenger rail into our region daily, leaving Washago and heading for Toronto six days a week at 4:30 p.m. Via Train also offers train transportation to Toronto, leaving Washago at 7:05 a.m. several days a week.

For more information on Ontario Northland routes, visit the Ontario Northland website, or call 705-472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512.

For more information on Via Rail, visit the Via Rail website, or call 1 888-842-7245.

 

 Municipal Services
 
 City of Orillia - Water and Sewer Rates

Treasury Department 

705-329-7239

City of Orillia - Property Taxes

Treasury Department 

705-329-7239

50 Andrew St. S.

 City of Orillia - Environmental Services

Sewer & Wastewater

Landfill 

Garbage, Recycling & Composting

705-326-1502

40 Kitchener St.

 Orillia Power
Website 

705-326-7315

360 West Street South

 Union Gas
Website 

1-888-774-3111

Contact(s)