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Target Sectors

Based on the results of a detailed labour force analysis, the City has targeted the following sectors that represent the greatest potential for economic growth in the community:

  • Manufacturing. Employing more than 1,500 people, producing high-alloy steel, aerospace equipment, plastics and rubber products, the manufacturing sector is a prime target for potential expansion. Local companies draw employees from throughout the region, an important consideration for businesses looking for a stable workforce.
  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services. This sector increased by more than 50% from 2001 to 2006 and now provides 740 jobs in legal services, accounting, architectural, and engineering services, among others. Given the rapid growth of this sector in the province, it represents a prime target for expansion.
  • Construction. Increasing by 20.5% between 2001 and 2006, the construction sector accounts for 400 jobs in Orillia with the potential for more.
  • Health Care and Social Services. There are 2,785 jobs in this sector, including 1,025 people who live outside the community. The city's role as a regional service centre means it has attracted a higher proportion of health care professionals to the area. As the medical community grows, there will be opportunities for small-scale medical and diagnostic laboratories as well as health and wellness professionals (acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractors, and home health care).
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. This sector provides 225 jobs in Orillia, many at Casino Rama and the balance in recreation, performing arts, fine arts, writing, and other creative enterprises. In addition, Orillia boasts more than 300 cultural resources including public facilities, non-profit organizations, cultural businesses, heritage sites, festivals, events, and other tourism organizations. Almost 20% of Orillia's workforce serves businesses associated with information, culture, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food. This is nearly double the provincial average and represents a significant opportunity to draw visitors and investors to the community.

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

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