Centrally located in Ontario’s northern York Region, East Gwillimbury (EG) brings easy access to markets by vehicle, rail and public transit across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond. EG offers strategic locational advantages with proximity to key 400 series highways, airports and major North American markets.

Access to major North American markets

East Gwillimbury offers exceptional potential for global businesses seeking to expand into the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. The Greater Toronto Area is one of Canada’s primary hubs for industry, transport, and talent.

Less than a 60-minute drive north of Toronto, EG features instant access to Highway 404, allowing for easy movement of goods and services. From there, it’s a quick connection to Highway 401, one of the world’s busiest highways and essential artery in the movement of goods across Canada and into the northern U.S.

Ontario is also served by transcontinental railway lines that provide freight service across Canada and to the U.S. EG is connected to two major CN Rail lines that provide connections to Toronto and western Canada.

Toronto Pearson Airport is just 40 minutes away and the nearby Ports Toronto on the St. Lawrence Seaway system are within easy reach.

A regular passenger rail line (GO Transit) connects EG north-south with daily service from Barrie to Toronto.

Coming soon!

The Highway 400–404 Connecting Link is a proposed 16.2 kilometre, four-lane controlled access highway that will provide an east-west connection between Highway 400 in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Highway 404 in the Town of East Gwillimbury.  The Highway 400–404 Connecting Link will alleviate congestion on east-west corridors and provide an alternate route from eastern Toronto and eastern Greater Toronto Area to Barrie and Simcoe.

Large supply of available employment lands

EG is home to strategic, economic growth corridors that feature a range of general and prestige employment lands.

As the scarcity of developable land continues to increase across the GTA, EG offers a welcome solution to your site selection needs. With over 1,000 acres of designated employment lands and an abundance of large (50 acre plus) holdings suitable for campus style development or large-scale investments, EG is ready to work with you to tailor a site to meet your business expansion needs.

Fees and taxes

EG offers competitive development fees and a low residential tax rate. Our Industrial and commercial taxes are amongst the lowest in York Region. Add to that:

  • Preferred municipal development charge rates for office and industrial uses, and
  • Staged payment options for development fees to offset up-front costs of development

And you’ve got a great place to grow!

Proximity to Talent

A highly skilled workforce and a talent pipeline enriched by the presence of world-class post-secondary institutions means that the talent you need to grow your business will always be close at hand.

York University is the third-largest university in Canada, with approximately 46,640 students across ten faculties. York offers a wide range of post-secondary programs in Science, Engineering, Health, and Environmental Studies. York also offers a variety of business skill development programs through YSpace.

The Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology in nearby Barrie features 13,000 full-time students studying a wide variety of programs!

Seneca College's King Campus is also home to applied arts and health sciences programming. The college features approximately 100,000 students across all campuses in the GTA and Peterborough.

Business Advantage

EG’s Business Advantage program offers concierge-style service to growing businesses and investors designed to expedite the approval of development applications for existing and new projects within the employment areas.