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The city is anchored by multinational giants, homegrown successes and high-growth startups with top talent
Strategically located close to the American border—and midway between Canada’s most populous cities, Montreal and Toronto—Kingston, Ontario offers a unique and thriving business community anchored in innovation and collaboration. The city boasts easy access to global markets and a highly skilled talent pool that keeps growing, thanks to internationally renowned post-secondary campuses and an influx of newcomers each year drawn to the city’s quality of life.
The city of Kingston is located at the western end of the St. Lawrence Seaway and has a vibrant downtown full of handsome heritage landmarks. It has attracted attention from both growing domestic firms and expanding global operations.
With a growing population, Kingston boasts countless corporate success stories that continue to rise in number each year. Over the past two decades, Kingston’s regional business community, research institutions and government initiatives have laid the groundwork for an economy driven by innovative and enterprising minds. While the city is welcoming to small startups with a variety of incubator programs, it also has ample amenities like serviced industrial parks that more mature companies need to flourish.
Kingston’s startup ecosystem was recently ranked sixth-best in the world by StartupBlink for a city its size.
Lately, the city’s business scene has become increasingly international as multinational companies invest in homegrown innovation or set up new operations in the region.