Kingstonians know that we live in a world class city – and in 2017 the city has attracted international recognition. Kingston, Ontario has become a familiar place name in the international business community.
The UK based Financial Times recognized Kingston, Ontario in its American Cities of the Future report in 2017 – ranking Kingston as the number one small city in the Americas for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy and in the top 10 for Human Capital and Lifestyle. Site Selector Magazine, Business Facilities Magazine and the World Business Review have also profiled the city’s success.
In the past two years, Kingston has attracted two of the largest foreign direct investments in Canada – injecting $300 million dollars into the local economy.Portuguese fruit preparation manufacturer Frulact Group’s decision to open their first North American facility in Kingston put the city on the global agri-business map. Less than two years later, Feihe International Inc. announced that Kingston would be the site of their first manufacturing facility outside of China.
Kingston “punches above its weight” because we share a collective vision for the city. Team Kingston, led by the economic development office,is a network of city staff, innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, elected officials, educators and community organizations that come together to promote the city and provide comprehensive support for new business.
Our ability as a community to attract new investment comes from having the infrastructure in place for business success – serviced lands, connectivity, R&D partnerships and a talented workforce. The city continually invests in infrastructure to ensure that our community attracts the business and talent of the future. We are investing in transportation upgrades to better serve businesses and residents. We’re enhancing our waterfront amenities, public libraries, hiking and cycling trails. We’re working together to foster workplaces of the future, collaborating to encourage international innovation connections and supporting youth opportunities. This team approach ensures that Kingston is a smart, liveable city and a leading Canadian economy.
Now is the perfect time to discover the opportunities that await in Kingston – be it for a getaway visit, the start of a new career or business venture. Not only is business thriving, but the word is spreading that Kingston offers a lifestyle and choice of amenities that few other urban centres can match. Consistently ranked one of the top places to live in Canada, Kingston offers access to lakes, rivers and parkland; a vibrant downtown core; year-round festivals, events and cultural offerings;and a safe place to raise a family.
Kingston is growing and we want you to join us.