The City of Barrie is a dynamic and growing community of 133,000 persons (2007 estimate) with an annual growth rate of over 5 percent. Situated 73 km ( 45 miles) north of Toronto, Ontario and located on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie is the gateway to both Western Canada and the Greater Toronto Area. Barrie offers a central and low-cost business location without sacrificing quality of life.

A labour force that is young, dynamic and growing is a great advantage for companies locating in the area. With over 1,000 acres of land available for development and a variety of development options, you can be sure that your company can find a place to grow.

Barrie is pleased to partner with the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport on the development of their airport business park as it provides another option for businesses considering investment in the Central Ontario area. The business park offers the distinct advantage of allowing companies to purchase land with direct apron access, thereby offering aerospace and related companies a competitive advantage for their business.

Barrie City Council is committed to attracting, retaining and expanding business for Barrie, and in creating a complete community. Barries City Centre Plans will see our downtown and waterfront re-claim its status as the heart and sole of the City. Already over $150 Million in new projects are underway in our downtown. Council is also building our communities creative capacity through the implementation of a cultural plan. The City of Barrie is also working with Georgian College to see the continued growth of their university partnerships programs. Over 1400 students are enrolled in Georgians university degree programs. The City of Barrie is also investing in our health care services. $52 Million will be invested in the expansion of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the creation of the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre.

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