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Kingston Economy



Strategic Location

Kingston's strategic location and close proximity to the U.S. border are important considerations for economic investment in the region and a key factor in the growth of local businesses.

Support for Entrepreneurs

Thanks to a healthy balance of public and private enterprises and an engaged business community that embraces innovation, Kingston offers a unique support system for entrepreneurs.

Diverse Economy

Kingston has a stable and diverse economy that is particularly strong in healthcare, post-secondary education, manufacturing and tourism.


The City of Kingston’s recent Population, Housing and Employment Growth Forecast predicts trends to the year 2046.

Employment Base

Kingston's employment base is expected to increase from 74,800 jobs in 2016 to 85,000 jobs in 2046. This represents an employment increase of 363 jobs per year.

Manufacturing Sector

Kingston's manufacturing sector is expected to experience moderate growth, adding 2,100 jobs over the next 30 years. Manufacturing will remain a vital component of the local economy.

Knowledge-Based Sectors

Health care, social assistance and education services as well as professional, scientific and technical services are expected to represent the fastest growing employment sectors in the City.



Kingston is home to several organizations that offer invaluable support to new and established businesses.

Sustainable Kingston

In 2012, Sustainable Kingston was created as a non-profit organization by the City of Kingston. The organization's purpose is to support the Kingston community in achieving its vision of becoming Canada's most sustainable city.

Launch Lab

Launch Lab is a Regional Innovation Centre and member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, whose purpose is to foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovations to help build globally competitive companies in Eastern Ontario.

Kingston Economic Development

Ec. Dev. in partnership with the Government of Ontario provides support to local entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding their business. All services are free and confidential.

Find out more

To find out more about Kingston's economy and the opportunities it offers, please visit the website of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation

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