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Business and talent thriving in York Region

The Regional Municipality of York Economic Development 2018 Year in Review publication highlights the positive impact the local business community in York Region are having on a local, national and global scale. With the support of Region-led economic development initiatives supported by York Regional Council and local municipalities, the Region continues to support business and job growth; reinforcing York Region as the place where talent and opportunity intersect in the Greater Toronto Area.

York Region remains innovative in its approach to economic development, much the same as the more than 52,000 businesses in the Region continue to thrive and push forward innovation within their businesses and respective industry sectors.

We encourage you to view the Year in Review online or you can pick up a physical copy at the York Region Administrative Centre in Newmarket or at the York Region Economic Development office located at ySpace in Markham.

Economic Development Review 2018 CoverHighlights from the 2018 Year in Review include:

  • A look back on the first year of ySpace - York University’s entrepreneurship accelerator located in Markham Centre; one of the four urban growth centres in York Region. Pg. 12
  • Why the Region’s urban-suburban hybrid mix of living is attracting a diverse workforce and a benefit to attracting and retaining technology scale-up companies. Pg. 18
  • York Region’s digital approach to economic development lands an Award of Excellence from the Economic Developer’s Council of Ontario. Pg. 31
  • How York Region and its autotech sector continues to be a leader in the GTA when it comes to the automotive industry’s shift to autonomous and IoT technology integration. Pg. 35
  • Nearly 500 professionals attend the 2018 York Region Fintech and Broadband & Innovation Summits. Pg. 41

The York Region Economic Development 2018 Year in Review captures local business news and provides an annual update on economic indicators and key activities taking place under York Region’s Economic Development Action Plan 2016 to 2019, which provides a road map to advance the Region’s local economy through 2019.

For more information on resources available to grow a business, visit YorkLink.ca or the York Small Business Enterprise Centre

For an in-depth analysis of York Regions population and employment landscape visit york.ca/census



Economic Development Review; 2018; York Region; York Link The Regional Municipality of York Economic Development 2018 Year in Review publication highlights the positive impact the local business community in York Region are having on a local, national and global scale. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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