When Tucows had to make a decision about where to expand its customer support operations, St. Catharines quickly rose to the top of the list.
Professional, Engineering, Scientific, Business Support & Technical Services
St. Catharines is seeing significant growth in the professional sector with opportunities for higher skilled service jobs seeing double-digit growth.
Why Professionals Choose St. Catharines
St. Catharines is attracting highly skilled professionals working in fields ranging from engineering, finance, and scientific services. As professionals in these fields may not require face-to-face personal interaction with their clients, they have the opportunity to find more affordable locations to work from that offer lifestyle advantages.
While there are many examples of firms and independent professionals that have chosen St. Catharines as their home, there are great opportunities for regional and satellite operations for GTA-based companies.
Statistics & Info
ST. CATHARINES 2011-2018
Professional / Technical Sector Job Growth
Attract Professional & Technical Services to St. Catharines
Promote St. Catharines as a location for professional, engineering, scientific, business support and technical services
Retain and strengthen the presence of existing firms via the City’s corporate calling program.
Prospects & Propositions
Define the best near-term prospects and identify / develop value propositions for St. Catharines as a location for professional and technical service sub-sectors.
Community Improvement Program
Monitor and promote the availability of suitable commercial office space, outlining incentives within the Community Improvement Program.
Ontario Climate Change Action Plan
Participate in the evaluation and pursuit of relevant opportunities related to the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan for the City of St. Catharines, post-secondary educational institutions and businesses.
Smart City Designation
Identify processes that will allow St. Catharines to achieve Smart City Designation.
Retain & Attract Professional & Technical Services
Number of business retained
BRE calls and meetings
Contacts and leads established
Close proximity to both the QEW and Highway 406 allows clients easy access to our office. The growth of the downtown core puts us in close proximity to complimentary services including law firms, major banks, and information technology professionals, who are all within walking distance.
- Climate Change Action Plan
Sector Opportunities Stemming from the Ontario Government’s 2016-2020 Climate Change Action Plan
- Net-zero carbon emission buildings
- Energy audits for home resales
- Low-carbon clean technology accelerators
- Methane demonstration projects
- Low emission fueling stations
- Global centre for low-carbon mobility
- Green bank
- Greenhouse gas pollution reduction challenge fund
- Federal & Provincial Support for Innovation
FEDERAL & PROVINCIAL SUPPORT FOR INNOVATION
ONTARIO'S ATTRACTIVE R&D TAX INCENTIVES
Small Business after-tax cost for every $100 spend on R&D
INNOVATIVE CANADIAN COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
#1 IN G7
Canada leads all G7 countries in the level of federal and provincial funding for R&D in post-secondary education as a share of GDP
2017 FEDERAL BUDGET: NATIONAL INNOVATION AGENDA
- $950 million “Supercluster” strategy
- $400 million Venture Capital Initiative
- $1.4 billion for financing cleantech companies
- $400 million for Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund
- $50 million procurement initiative: Innovative Solutions Canada
2017 PROVINCIAL INITIATIVES
- $29 million Small Business Innovation Challenge program