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Diversified and growing economy valued at $5.93 billion in 2021, forecasted to grow by 26% by 2030.
Source: metroeconomics
Peterborough was ranked the #2 city in Canada for a water-tech startup (#1 in Ontario).
Source: Water Canada
Strong support for local businesses with nearly half or $1.987B of supply chain purchases made in-region.
Source: EMSI Analyst 2019

Ideally located

One vibrant city. Eight diverse rural townships. Two First Nations communities.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is conveniently located between Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and Canada’s business centre, Toronto, Ontario’s capital. The region is less than a day’s drive from the Northeastern United States.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is located on the Treaty20 Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, known collectively as the Williams Treaty First Nations, which include Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.  

Locally minded. Globally connected.

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From large multinationals to small and mighty startups, Peterborough & the Kawarthas has a diverse, competitive business base across a number of sectors of strength in Canada and Ontario.

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Invested in Entrepreneurship

In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, entrepreneurs are the backbone of the local economy. Whether you have a new business idea, or you are an established business owner, there’s no wrong door to step through to find the entrepreneurial support you need in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

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Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is here to help at every stage of business and investment.

World-class education & talent

Home to three internationally recognized post-secondary educational institutions.