Why Orillia

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.

A Message from the Mayor

The City of Orillia, known as the "Sunshine City," is the perfect setting for your business. 

We are located in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country - a picturesque, four-season playground, an hour north of the Greater Toronto Area - on the shores of beautiful Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.  

Orillia is also situated in the economic heartland of Central Ontario, for a powerful combination of lifestyle and location - a great place to live and the right place to do business.  

The City is proud to offer fully-serviced lands, with zero industrial development charges until the end of 2022. We have also undertaken a number of measures in recent years to reduce red tape for developers and property owners.  

Mayor Steve Clarke

Orillia features two bustling post-secondary campuses, the OPP General Headquarters, a strong manufacturing sector and a number of support organizations to assist your business from start-up to expansion.  

To top it all off, Orillia boasts an unrivaled quality of life for you and your employees.  

We are a City full of culture, arts and recreational opportunities - home to the Mariposa Folk Festival, the Orillia Opera House, the Stephen Leacock National Historic Site, a unique heritage downtown, beautiful waterfront and an ever-expanding lineup of festivals and events.  

We look forward to talking to you about making Orillia part of your business!  

Steve Clarke

Mayor, City of Orillia


Top Reasons to Invest in Orillia

Orillia, Ontario: Future-proofing the 'Sunshine City' 

The City of Orillia was featured in Business View Magazine in December 2020. 

Mayor Steve Clarke and City of Orillia staff members discussed key projects ongoing in the City, and how these initiatives are setting Orillia up for the future.

Read the article to discover more about what makes Orillia a great place for businesses to call home.

Orillia Area CDC 2020/21 Activity Review

The Orillia Area CDC worked closely with local businesses KnightVision Media and Impression House Inc. to bring this annual video that showcases the past fiscal year's accomplishments! Discover how many business loans the Orillia Area CDC were able to advance, the number of jobs that were created/maintained, and the amount of free in-depth coaching meetings they provided. Featuring local businesses: Tops In Pizza, Creative Nomad Studios, Bird House Nature Company, Tres Sorelle, CrossFit Orillia, My Moon Collective, and Glen Oro Farm. Curious how the Pathways to Employment and Business Transition Matching programs fared? You’ll have to watch to find out!