Category Archives: Economic Development

Grow Guelph Business Retention and Expansion program recognized for excellence by the Economic Development Council of Ontario

The Grow Guelph Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) program has been honoured by the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) with an award of excellence in Public-Private Partnership for a population of 50,000-250,000. The program also received honourable mention in the Strategic Plans and Initiatives 50,000-250,000 category.

Linamar creates 1,200 new jobs in Guelph

The City of Guelph is proud to congratulate Linamar Corporation, headquartered in Guelph, on a major development project that will bring 1,200 new jobs to the city over the next 10 years and retain 1,500 current jobs.

Long-time local success, RWDI announces expansion to new location in Hanlon Business Park

Homegrown company, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Incorporated (RWDI) will be relocating its international corporate headquarters from 650 Woodlawn Road West to 600 Southgate Drive. This building purchase in the Hanlon Business Park provides the company with the capacity to expand its operations, making a long term commitment to continue business within the city.

Council Approves Plan for Innovation District in Guelph’s East End

Guelph City Council has approved the secondary plan for the 436 hectare (1,077 acre) plot of land known as the Guelph Innovation District located South of York Road and East of Victoria Road North which is expected to be home to close to 7,000 people and 9,000 jobs. The plan includes an innovative mix of land uses, including a new urban village, a mixed-use main street, a research park and an adaptive re-use area around the historic reformatory complex.

Two-way GO train service to Kitchener needed to strengthen “Canada’s Innovation Supercluster”

The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph, the Region of Waterloo and partners in the region’s technology and financial services sectors, including Communitech, Google Canada, Open Text, Desire2Learn, Manulife, and The Co-operators, are calling on the provincial government to provide full two-way GO Train service on the Kitchener Line by including an allocation for this service in the 10-year capital portion of the 2014 provincial budget.

Development Charges Background Study

To ensure Guelph’s updated DC rates reflect the population forecasted in Ontario’s Places to Grow Act—43,000 new residents and 32,000 new jobs by the year 2031—the City conducted a background study including a peer review by two individuals selected by the development community with expertise in growth and demographic forecasting, and engineering.

Guelph launches Grow Guelph business retention and expansion program

The City of Guelph and business partner organizations announce the launch of the Grow Guelph business retention and expansion program. A community-wide effort to investigate opportunities that improve the profitability of local businesses, acknowledge their inherent value to the community, develop relevant business resources and programs and further the economic development of the region.

HGS Canada Decision

HGS Canada will not be building a new 500 person facility in Guelph as was proposed in early June 2013. This decision comes after extensive market research conducted by the company which included a job fair promoted by the City of Guelph.

The City of Guelph & HGS Canada announce Guelph shortlisted for 500 job Contact Centre!

The City of Guelph and HGS Canada Inc. have announced the dates of an upcoming job fair where the contact centre company, HGS Canada will evaluate the local employment market. The event is part of the next site selection process for the global company who is looking at a potential 500 employee site in the area. The site would create hundreds of quality new jobs, which includes both frontline, business support and management level positions.

Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Grand Opening

The media is invited on May 15 when Hitachi will officially open its doors to the new state of the art 166,900 sq. ft. 32 million dollar expansion. This addition hopes to increase its production capacity to 30% worldwide market share for mining trucks and increase its employee compliment of 400 to 800-975 persons in Guelph by 2018.

$100 million investments by Siemens and CS Wind demonstrate significance of Ontario’s Green Energy Act

The Ontario Clean Technology Alliance is attending Hannover MESSE, the world’s leading industrial technology showcase with 180,000-plus visitors, with news of a milestone order by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) for the supply and commissioning of 124 wind turbines for the South Kent Wind project.