Foreign investment in Ontario

If you are considering Ontario as the location for your business investment or are interested in business immigration, this guide provides an overview of the services and programs that are available.

In addition to the services and programs listed here, please refer to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s website to learn about the regulations and process for investing in Canada.

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Investment Canada Act


If you are looking for information on starting a business as a new immigrant to Canada, please read our Business guide for newcomers to Canada.

Invest in Canada

Invest in Canada provides information on Canada’s industries, regulations and support organizations that can help you expand your business into Canada. Visit the website or contact a trade commissioner in your region for more information on market intelligence, connections and support available to help you find opportunities in Canada.

Read online:
Invest in Canada
Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Invest in Ontario

The Ontario Investment Office (OIO) can help you get information on:

  • The Ontario economy
  • Industrial land and buildings that are available in the province
  • Government incentive programs
  • Contacts for other business support services
  • Industry-specific information

You can also use their Investment Ready Certified Site Program to find pre-screened properties with access to information such as zoning and site assessments.

Contact OIO:
1-800-819-8701 (North America)
1-416-313-3469 (International)

Ontario Investment Office

Invest Northern Ontario

Invest Northern Ontario can help you get information on workforce statistics, infrastructure, property sites, sector profiles and funding incentives specifically for businesses investing in Northern Ontario communities, which include the cities of North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Greater Sudbury, Timmins and Thunder Bay.

Read online:
Invest Northern Ontario

Business immigration programs

If you are thinking of immigrating to Canada, you may be interested in one of the business immigration programs. To be eligible, you must meet the programs’ criteria for investors, entrepreneurs or self-employed persons. For more information, visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.

Read online:
Business immigration program

You can also find books, magazines and other relevant print material at business service organizations in your community. To locate a Canada Business Ontario (CBO) community partner, contact us at 1-888-576-4444.