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Ontario's business environment offers companies key strategic advantages for international success. With a vital economy, skilled talent, and competitive incentives - it's the ideal setting for your business expansion. If you need to reach the world, you need to be in Ontario.
Ontario is the right place for your business. Our strategic location, combined with an extensive transportation infrastructure, allows you to quickly reach important markets in North America and beyond.
Ontario is the right place for your business. Our strategic location, combined with an extensive transportation infrastructure, allows you to quickly reach important markets in North America and beyond. There are over 142 million consumers to reach within a day's drive of Ontario.
Ontario, as part of Canada, has free trade agreements in force with more than 10 countries, which provide a competitive advantage for your operations across a wide range of sectors. Additionally, Canada has begun negotiations with more than 60 countries, including some of the world's key markets.
Ontario food manufacturers exported close to $12 billion in agri-foods to the global marketplace in 2013. Local markets are lucrative as well, with Ontario producers claiming a large share of Canada's grocery and specialty food store market. As an Ontario food manufacturer, you'll enjoy ease of access to these local and global opportunities which means your business will grow.
Ontario has 14 convenient land border crossings into the United States. Our province's extensive road infrastructure makes it easy for your business to move goods over land. We have over 250,000 kilometres of municipal roads, provincial highways, and resource and recreational roads. Each year, about $1.2 trillion worth of goods are transported on Ontario's highways.
Our rail networks help ensure just-in-time deliveries of your goods across North America. With five international airports and 80 regional airports, Ontario business centres are also only a short flight from other major North American cities, including Detroit, Chicago, New York and Boston. In addition, marine lines offer shipping options to ports throughout the Great Lakes and around the world.
Ontario has the right ingredients for your food and beverage business. We have over 200 agricultural commodities to help grow your operations. You will also have access to superior, end-to-end supply chain solutions.
With manufacturing revenue of $36.9 billion, Ontario is one of North America's largest and most significant food and beverage processing sectors. We have nearly 3,000 registered food and beverage businesses — multinationals, homegrown giants and successful niche-driven businesses. They value the diversity of Ontario's food sector, the size of our market and the opportunities for partnering with like-minded businesses.
Ontario is home to a wide variety of raw ingredients. There are 51,950 conventional and organic farms growing over 200 Ontario-produced agricultural commodities to help you grow your operation. In 2012, Ontario's agriculture sector had about $12.3 billion in farm cash receipts. Processors purchase about 65% of Ontario's food-related farm production.
* "Revenue from goods manufactured" and "value of shipments" are used synonymously in this document. Statistics Canada currently uses "revenue from goods manufactured" and many know it as "value of shipments".
Our key subsectors - from breakfast cereals to frozen vegetables - are achieving success in serving specialty markets, including ethnic cuisine and functional food.
In Ontario, you'll have access to superior, end-to-end supply chain solutions. They include primary and value-added processors, packagers, warehousing, distribution, equipment, and specialized storage and transportation — companies that know the food sector and food processors' needs. They're ready to help you succeed in Ontario.
Ontario's workforce has the diversity to serve a global marketplace. More than 200 languages are spoken in Ontario, creating a "people" resource that supports global sourcing, sales, distribution and partnerships.
You'll easily find the talent you need to power your food manufacturing business in Ontario - over 96,700 people in Ontario work in food manufacturing.
You'll easily find the talent you need to power your food manufacturing business in Ontario. 96,700 people in Ontario work in food manufacturing.
Our manufacturing sector workers are skilled and reliable, with an average on-the-job experience of more than 10 years; they are also among the world's best educated. 67% of Ontario adults possess post-secondary education - a rate higher than any OECD country, and 20 percentage points higher than the United States.
Through world-class programs in agriculture, food and nutritional sciences and culinary arts, Ontario's universities and colleges continue to train the next generation of food manufacturing workers in programs including agriculture, food and nutritional sciences, and culinary arts.
More than a great place to start and grow a business, Ontario is a wonderful place to live, with two Ontario cities ranked in the top five in North America in Mercer LLC's 2012 Quality of Living survey. Toronto is also among the top five globally in the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2013 Liveability Index.
You'll get more for your money in Ontario, where the combined federal-provincial manufacturing income tax rate is one of the lowest in North America, and lower than neighbouring jurisdictions.
In Ontario you will enjoy Canada's lower business costs in manufacturing, which provide the greatest cost advantage in the G7.
You'll also get more for your money in Ontario, where the combined federal-provincial manufacturing income tax rate is one of the lowest in North America, and lower than neighbouring jurisdictions.
Apprenticeship training and tax credits are available for some skilled workers, as well as one of the world's most generous R&D tax programs, which can reduce the after-tax cost for every $100 in R&D spending to approximately $61, or $37 if you're a small business.
And there's more incentives to save you money and have your workforce and business grow:
You'll find the right knowledge and innovation in Ontario to further your business. We have a reputation for excellence and innovation in agri-food research that runs the gamut from functional foods and nutrigenomics, to ethnic vegetables and food safety.
You'll find the right knowledge and innovation in Ontario to further your business. We have a reputation for excellence and innovation in agri-food research that runs the gamut from functional foods to ethnic vegetables and food safety.
When you invest in Ontario, you'll have access to the world-class R&D expertise you need to take your ideas to market, and to sharpen your competitive edge with the latest innovations in food manufacturing. We are pulling off amazing things in nutritional and agri-food sciences, food safety, packaging, and food production processes and technology. Our universities, colleges, government agencies and industry groups are undertaking groundbreaking research and development in areas such as shelf life improvement and advanced robotics to help you fully automate your food manufacturing operations.
(Ministry of Agriculture and Food 2014 Facts)
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All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Information is accurate at the time of publication.