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The increasingly rare combination of reasonably priced and available land for development near Toronto strategically positions the City of Pickering to continue growing its advanced manufacturing sector, bolstering employment, partnerships, and innovation within the region.

Already home to a mix of cutting-edge and technology-centred companies ranging from equipment manufacturers to last-mile distribution centres and hi-tech bakeries, the Pickering Innovation Corridor is located along Highway 407 and boasts more than 800 acres of land ready for development. In the last five years, two-million square feet of new commercial and industrial space have emerged as one of the largest combined residential, employment and commercial developments in Canada.

Pickering is also adjacent to major transportation routes including Highway 401, 407, and 7. An estimated four million people live within one hour of the City, providing access to a highly skilled and educated workforce needed for office, technology, and skilled manufacturing jobs.

To attract new businesses and assist those already in place, the City of Pickering’s Economic Development & Strategic Projects Department offers concierge-style services.

“Whether it’s being connected to suppliers or customers, any kind of introductions, or whether it’s looking for new space to be able to expand, we’re there to help facilitate discussions and streamline the process,” explains Fiaz Jadoon, Director, Economic Development & Strategic Projects.

If a company is looking for a location to set up operations, has a timeline, and conforms with zoning and other requirements, the City purchases the lands on behalf of the end user from the Province (who owns majority of the Innovation Corridor lands). The land is then sold, at no profit to the City, to the end-user, representing a significant cost savings to the company. Once land is secured, the City continues offering support by facilitating discussions to expedite many aspects of development including site plan applications and servicing.

Local post-secondary institutions such as Durham College and Ontario Tech University provide hands-on training and match their offerings to teach in-demand skills. Durham College’s new Ontario Power Generation Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology creates opportunities to advance innovation and knowledge, and provides a career launchpad for the next generation of skilled tradespeople.

“We’re centered around creating a community to live, play, and work. Pickering has a proven track record, and we are ready to attract more residents and business investments,” says Jadoon.

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