Georgina is geographically one of the largest municipalities in York Region, situated just one hour north of Toronto on the southeast shores of Lake Simcoe. The municipality is comprised of a number of lakefront communities, small rural hamlets and three larger communities, including Keswick, Sutton/Jackson’s Point and Pefferlaw. Keswick is the largest community, with a population representing more than half of Georgina’s total population.
The Town’s proximity to major urban centres, relatively affordable real estate and quality of life offer many competitive advantages. Georgina is recognized as a place with a strong sense of community that works alongside business and community partners to provide multi-levels of business support.
Known for its lakeside living close to Toronto, Georgina is the perfect pairing of cottage country “feel” and urban convenience. With ample year-round recreation, a business environment that fills all service and product needs and “more for your dollar” housing, Georgina is a desired location to live, work and play.
The Town is poised for growth over the next decade and trusts it will be an exciting and prosperous time to do business in Georgina. The majority of planned growth and development is focused in the Keswick area, with 550 acres of Business Park lands on the east side of Woodbine Avenue at the terminus of the Highway 404 extension.
The projected population is forecasted to be 71,900 by 2051. With the trend in remote work shifting how we work and live, the Town of Georgina is now on many future resident's and investor's radars. In 2021, development applications increased over previous years. Applications include more than 23,970 square metres of ICI (industrial and commercial) development, more than 4,000 residential dwellings and four senior living facilities. Learn more about current development.
Why Choose Georgina
Choosing where to invest is one of the most important “to-dos” when starting or expanding a business. Georgina is an up-and-coming location to do business. Here’s why:
- Within a one-hour drive on Highway 404 to urban centres.
- Some of the most affordable real estate and living costs in York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.
- Skilled and educated Workforce: A large percentage of educated and skilled workers reside within one hour of the municipality. More than 70 per cent of the Town’s workforce commutes beyond Georgina’s borders for employment.
- Incentive programs: The Town offers investment incentives and a Business Class Program that includes municipal staff support and expedited applications.
- A growing population: Georgina’s projected population is forecasted to be 71,900 by 2051.
If you have questions about opening or expanding a business or the support programs available through the Town of Georgina, connect with us. We are here to help businesses start-up, scale and pivot. When you connect, we will listen, lend advice and direct you to the necessary department or community business supports that you'll need to help your business thrive.
Georgina is a growing community, continually welcoming new businesses, residents, and visitors. In 2022, the Town's population will surpass 50,000 people and is projected to increase steadily to more than 70,000 in the next 30 years.
As one of the most affordable municipalities in York Region, Georgina’s growth is imminent. The average price for a detached home in Georgina is $790,400 (Oct. 2021), according to the Toronto Real Estate Board.
York Region is one of the largest business hubs in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), home to over 600,000 jobs. It has the highest tech talent concentration in the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor and is Canada’s second-largest information and communications technology (ICT) cluster. As we grow, it is important to understand our residents, our communities and why Georgina is a place of choice for many new businesses and families. Explore our resident statistics dashboard.
“Located just minutes from Highway 404, this location has easy access to the major transportation networks across the Greater Toronto Area. Together with the planned east-west transportation corridor situated just a few kilometres south of our new location in Georgina, Scott-Woods Transport will be well-positioned for future expansion and growth. In addition to the fantastic infrastructure the Georgina area provides, many of our employees already live in Northern York Region, including Georgina, making this a great location for the next phase of our business and a place that we are excited to call our new home,” said Mark Alden, owner and President of Scott-Woods Transport Inc.
Georgina is located within 30-45 minutes from major urban centres in the Greater Toronto Area with direct access to Highway 404, which is ideal for commuting and importing/exporting goods. Also, the Highway 400/404-Link was given the green light to move forward and will significantly improve transportation access east and west for residents and businesses.
Driving distance from Georgina to:
- Toronto International Airport: approx. 60 minutes
- Newmarket: approx. 25 minutes
- Markham: approx. 40 minutes
- Toronto: approx. 60 minutes
- Orillia: approx. 60 minutes
- Barrie: approx. 60 minutes
- Brampton: approx. one hour, 10 minutes
- Peterborough: approx. one hour, 30 minutes
A large percentage of educated and skilled workers currently reside within a one-hour drive of the Town. A mix of youthful residents moving into Georgina enables it to have a varied and talented workforce. The pandemic has also seen a shift in young, educated urban residents moving to rural municipalities close to the city where they can afford larger properties and work remotely.
In 2012, a Labour Market Study was conducted in partnership with the Town of East Gwillimbury, the Workforce Training Board, Georgina Trades and Training Centre (GTTI) and South Lake Community Futures. Similar to other rural Greater Toronto Area communities, many of the residents in Town commute outside of town for work. The study revealed 33 per cent of the total surveyed workforce in Georgina and East Gwillimbury travelled to Toronto for employment, 25 per cent travel to Georgina, and nearly 15 per cent travel to Newmarket for employment.
Medium and large-sized employers in Georgina
- Walmart, 230 employees
- Riverglen Haven Nursing Home, 160 employees
- Zehrs Market, 140 employees
- McDonalds, 140 employees
- The Briars Resort Spa and Conference Centre, 131 employees
- Cedarvale Lodge, 130 employees
- Weller Tree Service Ltd., 116 employees
- Sobeys, 100 employees
- Canadian Tire Corporation, 80 employees
- Stock Transportation, 88 employees
- Brouwer Kesmac, 65 employees
- No Frills, 65 employees
- C.A. Sellers Cleaning Services, 51 employees
- Gincor Werx, 52 employees
- Buchner Manufacturing, 50 employees
View maps and indicators using the Business and Investment Assistant to learn more about the Town’s industries and sectors.
Discover how your business can leverage the unique advantages Georgina offers:
- Find available properties and land for sale in Georgina.
- Learn about our Business Park.
- Access business resources and support programs in our community.
- Explore incentives that may be available to your business.
- Subscribe to our Economic Development and Tourism Newsletter
Need more information or to set up an introductory meeting? Connect with the Town of Georgina's Economic Development and Tourism office.