Whether it’s the close connection to nature, the amazing restaurant scene, or the profound sense of community, Kingstonians are among the happiest people in the country.
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.
Kingston has a stable and diverse economy that is particularly strong in healthcare, post-secondary education, manufacturing and tourism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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