Leeds & Grenville's economy is very diverse. Local industries include farming, warehousing, manufacturing, high tech, emerging technologies, and more.
The area is home to many large multinational companies such as Shell, Alcan, Trillium Health Care, and Proctor & Gamble. Leeds & Grenville also prides itself as being an emerging hub for new age industries, including green technologies, alternative energy and advanced healthcare.
A key advantage of the region is its geographic location that has traditionally attracted manufacturers and has made it a natural distribution zone. Leeds & Greenville is conveniently located in the intersection of supply routes to major cities such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. It also shares a border with New York State, which brings additional business opportunities.
There is highly developed road, rail, air and water access to the region. Leeds and Greenville is attractive to businesses trying to offset their costs by moving production into a rural area, while still being directly linked to their consumers and suppliers through convenient transportation routes.
Our large neighbouring cities are also major centers of innovation, which makes Leeds & Grenville a creative corridor for East Coast Canada. An authoritative think tank, the Martin Prosperity Institute, has classified Brockville and Leeds & Grenville to be a well-positioned area for the development of creative economy.
Leeds & Grenville is naturally beautiful which makes it good for tourism development. The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, the Frontenac Biosphere Reserve Zones, and the Rideau Heritage Route are just some of the attractions make this area one of the most beautiful in Ontario and Canada. Every year the region attracts thousands of visitors from across Canada and around the world.
Other Leading Industries
Other regional economic development opportunities include distribution and warehousing, pharmaceuticals, metal fabrication, bio-fuels, food processing, alternative energy, telecommunications and elderly care services.
To stay nationally and globally competitive, initiatives are in place to restructure the traditional manufacturing sector towards the emerging sectors of advanced manufacturing and new technologies.
The region’s leadership also puts emphasis on immigration and human capital attraction, recognizing it as a key factor in powering innovation and growth.
For further information about the state of industry and economic development plans in the Leeds & Grenville region please visit the following municipal economic development web pages:
United Counties of Leeds & Grenville