Guelph Quicksheet

 

Demographics

  • Country: Canada
  • Province: Ontario
  • Population (city): 131,794
  • Population (CMA): 151,984
  • Labour force (city): 75,685
  • Labour force (CMA): 87,250

Population growth

1996 – 95,821
2001 – 106,170
2006 – 114,943
2011 – 121,688
2016 – 131,974
2031 (projected) – 169,000

Source: Statistics Canada, 2016

Educational institutes within 25 km

Institution Students
University of Guelph 28,000
Conestoga College 51,000
University of Waterloo 36,500
Wilfrid Laurier University 19,500

Growth sectors – Size comparison by number of jobs

Sector Number of jobs
Professional, scientific and technical 39,141
Advanced manufacturing 20,735
Retail and service 11,345
Agri-innovation 8,994
Sector Number of jobs
Culture and entertainment 7,711
Distribution, warehousing and wholesale 5,909
Information and communication technology 2,428
Clean technology 1,637

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2017

 

Tax rates

Rate Industrial Commercial Residential
City rate 2.20% 1.83% 1.00%
Education rate 1.34% 1.21% 0.17%
Total rate 3.55% 3.05% 1.17%

Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundredth percent.
Source: City of Guelph, Taxation and Revenue, May 1, 2018-April 31, 2019

 

Municipal costs

Development charges

Industrial, Commercial and Institutional

  • $9.97 per square foot
  • $107.34 per square metre

Source: City of Guelph, Finance Dept., March 2, 2018–March 1, 2019

Building permit fees (new build)

Source: City of Guelph, Building Dept., Effective June 1, 2017

Type Per square foot Per square metre
Residential $1.28 $13.78
Hotel/motel $1.66 $17.87
Office buildings (finished) $1.66 $17.87
Industrial/ warehouse $0.89 $9.58
Retail (finished) $1.66 $17.87

Site plan fees

Source: City of Guelph, Building Department, 2017

Type per square foot Per square metre
Commercial, office and institutional $0.23 $2.52
Industrial $0.15 $1.57
Residential $132/unit $132/unit

All calculations are for gross floor area. Minimum site plan charge $315

Water, wastewater & stormwater

Source: City of Guelph, Water Services, January 1 – December 31, 2018

Rate per cubic metre Per day
Water $1.72 $0.26
Wastewater $1.84 $0.32

For connection fee information contact the  City of Guelph Building Department at 519-837-5615.

Stormwater

Businesses are assessed by the City of Guelph and pay a monthly fee that reflects the hard surfaces on their property
such as rooftops, parking lots and concrete surfaces.
For more information visit guelph.ca/stormwater

Transportation

Road

  • 401 Freeway (5 minutes south)
  • Highway 6 North
  • Highway 7

Airports

  • Pearson, Toronto: 1 hour
  • Hamilton: 1 hour
  • Waterloo: 20 minutes

Rail

  • Guelph Junction Railway (City of Guelph owned)
  • Canadian National Railway
  • Canadian Pacific Railway

Port

  • Toronto: 1 hour
  • Hamilton: 1 hour

Commuter Transport

  • Close to Highway 401
  • Greyhound
  • VIA rail
  • GO bus and train

Accolades

Guelph is regularly ranked as one of Canada’s best places to live, work and play.

Best city to buy real estate in Canada

Source: MoneySense, 2017

4th best large city to start a business in Canada

Source: Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 2016

Top 10 in Americas for foreign direct investment

Source: fDi Intelligence, 2017

2nd for talent

Martin Prosperity Institute, 2015

“We were looking for a city and business environment that suited our needs and objectives, and allowed us to expand our business in the future. The City of Guelph was chosen for a variety of reasons, including its wide range of business opportunities, economic growth and welcoming environment.”

Ernest Sweeney, President and CEO of Würth Canada