Why Collingwood?

As one of the top places in Ontario to open and operate a small business, Collingwood boasts a growing population and a thriving business community. Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourages an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts & culture community. Collingwood is home to an exceptional primary, secondary, and post-secondary education system, as well as integrated healthcare services, extensive career opportunities and a wide range of shopping choices in historical, harbourfront downtown Collingwood.

Only 90 minutes from Toronto, Collingwood holds a unique position as a business leader and a recreational gem. Experience big city amenities in a small-town harbourfront community.

Five Reasons
to Start a Business in Collingwood

The Top Entrepreneurial Community in Canada

Collingwood continues to rank among the top communities in Canada for entrepreneurship. In their last rankings, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) agreed with us, naming us the #1 community for entrepreneurs in Canada

Excellent Internet Connectivity

Collingwood has excellent fibre and broadband connectivity, which is significantly better relative to Barrie and Orillia and comparable to only a select group of other communities in Ontario.

Unparalleled, Four Season Lifestyle

Locate your business in Ontario’s premier 4-season playground full-time and gateway to the largest freshwater beach in the world and Ontario’s best ski resorts. This is where ambition finds balance. 

Talent Thrives Here

Home to the Georgian College South Georgian Bay campus, Collingwood hosts a multi-generational workforce with executive to entrepreneurial expertise. This leads to a unique level of collaboration between area businesses, a community of sophisticated businesspeople and a highly-skilled knowledge-economy and skilled trades workforce.

Incredible Business Support

The Collingwood Business Development Centre (BDC), a partnership with the Town’s strongest business partners, is a one-stop shop to get advice, find land and space, meet the right people, and get business funding. The BDC provides resources to thousands of businesses each year to make sure that business owners and entrepreneurs have exceptional access to what they need to succeed.