Advancing Guelph’s Innovation District

McGuinty Government And City of Guelph Support Local Economy, Create Jobs

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June 30, Guelph, ON – Ontario and the City of Guelph signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will help enhance the local economy and create jobs over the coming years in the Guelph Innovation District.

The District will meet employment and housing targets of Guelph’s Growth Management Strategy and the province’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe by supporting economic activities and jobs with a clean, green-economy and innovation focus.

The MOU signed today commits a portion of provincially-owned land in the district to the city’s plan to create this new, innovative employment area.

This is part of the province’s Open Ontario Plan to help create clean, green jobs and support innovation.


“Moving Ontario toward a cleaner, brighter, more prosperous future is not only about generating new renewable energy, but about fostering research and innovation in cities like Guelph. Today’s MOU signifies our commitment to working with the city of Guelph to bring an Innovation District to life on these lands.”

– Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

“Guelph residents will welcome this Memorandum of Understanding which sets out a joint vision for the future development of the provincial lands in Guelph’s York District. The Guelph Innovation District plan brings together an exciting blend of green jobs, cutting edge innovation, and environmentally-friendly places to live and do business that will benefit our community for years to come.”

– Liz Sandals, Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph

“Home to as many as 5000 people and 10,000 jobs, these lands will bring together the best and brightest minds to address provincial and global environmental and technological challenges. As a carbon neutral LEED-Neighbourhood, this urban village will demonstrate new approaches and technologies to manage the urban environment redefining our experience of city living.”

– Her Worship Karen Farbridge, Mayor of Guelph

Quick Facts

  • The Guelph Innovation District is bounded by York Road, Victoria Road South, the York-Watson Industrial Park and the City’s southern border.
  • The province owns almost half the land, or 561 of 1,122 acres, in the Guelph Innovation District.
  • The City of Guelph anticipates the District will accommodate 10,000 of the 32,400 jobs projected for the City by the year 2031.
  • City of Guelph anticipates the District will accommodate 10,000 of the 32,400 jobs projected for the City by the year 2031.

Learn more

Amy Tang, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure,
Minister’s Office
Jim Mairs, Senior Business Development
Specialist/Assistant Manager, Economic Development
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 x 2821