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Why Orillia

Say goodbye to business-as-usual. Come to Orillia, where your business and your way of life will thrive! About an hour north of Toronto, the City of Orillia sits at the crossroads of Highways 11 and 12, two of Ontario's major roadways, putting your business at the center of the action. Nestled between Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, Orillia also offers a waterfront playground for your staff when it's time to unwind or do business with nature as a creative backdrop.

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Our new West Orillia Employment Park boasts 150 fully serviced acres awaiting your business vision, and Lakehead University's construction of a $45-million regional campus brings youthful vibrancy to the City plus a steady stream of employment candidates. Orillia has been ranked one of the top six Canadian cities to invest in, and among the top 60 Canadian cities to live in. And remember, no Industrial Development Charges until 2017.

Businesses choose Orillia for the following reasons:

  • Location - Orillia is strategically located at the crossroads of Ontario, an hour's drive from Canada's largest city.
  • Access to Markets - The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, with passenger, freight, and full Canada Customs service, is just 10 minutes away.
  • Technology - Orillia has dual connectivity to high speed internet through both a fibre-optic network and high-speed connectivity, ensuring that your home and business will always be able to connect.
  • Workforce - Skilled workers are available. 
  • Education - Lakehead University has a new satellite campus in Orillia offering an array of university level programs; Georgian College, with an Orillia campus, offers vocational training and continuing education programs.
  • Top Three - For several years running, Orillia has been ranked among the top 10 communities in Ontario and Canada in which to buy commercial and income property in a national survey by the Real Estate Investment Network.   
  • Natural Beauty - With the magnificent scenery of Muskoka and Georgian Bay providing a backdrop and the Trent-Severn Waterway threading through the two lakes at our door step, Orillia is blessed with abundant and accessible natural beauty.
  • Recreational Opportunities - Orillia is the place to take full advantage of swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, cycling, skiing, and other four-season opportunities all close at hand.

In addition to these benefits, Orillia offers superb health care at Soldiers' Memorial Hospital a state-of-the-art 230-bed regional hospital that recently underwent an $83-million redevelopment and expansion project.

The general headquarters for the Ontario Provincial Police is located in Orillia, and Casino Rama, the province's most successful commercial casino, is just a few minutes outside of town.

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

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