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Key Industries

The following sectors dominate in terms of the total number of businesses in Orillia (excluding the self-employed):

  • Retail trade (16.7% of businesses)
  • Health care and social assistance (12.4% of businesses)
  • Construction (12.2% of businesses)
  • Other services (12.2% of businesses)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (8.2% of businesses)

Overall, there has been a 44.4% increase in the number of businesses operating in Orillia from 2001 to 2007. In addition, the number of self-employed or cottage industry operations has increased by 55.3%, with much of that concentrated in the professional, scientific and technical services and construction sectors. The increase in professional service firms further supports the concept of a growing high value service economy within the City of Orillia. The most substantial increases in business operations have been seen in those companies with 10-19 employees (81.9% increase) followed by companies with 5-9 employees (76.9% increase).

For more information contact the Economic Development Office at 705-325-4900 or by emailing

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