Key Projects


Economic Development Division Development Services Department
50 Andrew Street South, Suite 300, Orillia, ON L3V 7T5

Phone: 705-325-4900
Fax: 705-325-1612

Map to this Location
E-mail this Contact
Visit City of Orillia Website

Multiple images depicting current projects

The Orillia Economic Development Office continues to be involved in many local and regional projects which foster and support community and business development. For more information about current and past projects, please contact our office at edc@orillia.ca or 705-325-4900.


Key Community Projects:


New & Ongoing Initiatives:


Past Projects & Initiatives:



Old Barrie Road Realignment

City Staff have been working with engineering consultants and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on this multi-year project which will see the redesign of the intersection at Old Barrie Road and the Hwy 12 bypass interchange ramps.  The new design will improve traffic flow by straightening out the curve, installing traffic lights as well as the closure of Harvie Settlement Road at one end.  Other proposed improvements include the extension of the Active Transportation Trail into West Orillia for safe pedestrian access to Rotary Place and Lakehead University.

Find out more about government infrastructure and trail extension funding extension to assist with this project.

New Economic Development Department

Orillia City Council in 2015 resolved to expand the current Economic Economic Office into a stand alone municipal department.  The new department will be made up of six staff members: a director, manager of business retention and expansion and business attraction, manager of real estate, manager of tourism, executive assistant and a part-time administrative assistant. Each of the managers will focus on a facet of economic development that had been deemed important by Council.

The transition is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2016.

Tourism Asset Mapping

The City of Orillia, together with regional tourism partners organizations have been working with consultants to pinpoint current tourism assets as well as gaps within the Ontario's Lake Country region.  The project is expected to wrap-up this Fall.  Data obtained through this exercise will also be used in the development of the Orillia Tourism Strategic Action Plan, which will provide recommendations related to the expansion and delivery of tourism in the city.  

View the project website for more details.

Tourism Marketing Co-operative 

The City recognizes that tourism is a key economic driver in our community. The Economic Development Office (EDO) assumes a lead role in the co-ordination of co-operative efforts to promote the City and its tourism-related businesses, events, festivals, cultural opportunities and attractions to potential visitors from the surrounding region, the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

While the focus will be facilitating an Orillia first tourism approach, staff also work with other City departments and area stakeholders to participate in regional tourism promotion campaigns and initiatives to foster the development and acquisition of resources facilitating the provision of tourism-related services and events, as well as improving the capacity of the community to enhance tourism.

Areas of interest:

  • Co-ordination of tourism roles/responsibilities
  • Tourism branding
  • Events catalogue
  • Orillia Festivals Committee action plans
  • Funding - private/community/government
  • Promotion/advertising/marketing
  • Regional co-operation
  • Events promotion and coordination
  • Volunteer development
  • Visitor surveys
  • Results-oriented approach and tracking

Explore the Trades

The Orillia Manufacturers' Association (OMA) and Orillia District Construction Association (ODCA), in partnership with the City of Orillia's Economic Development Office and the Township of Oro-Medonte, teamed up to promote local careers in the trades to Students in grades 7-12.

The next biennial event is set to be hosted in September 2016, with the hopes of connecting local employers with co-op students and/or next year apprentices currently looking for opportunities.

Regional Business Retention and Expansion Program

In partnership with the Orillia EDO and other surrounding municipalities in the Lake Country region, the Orillia Area Community Development Corp (CDC), conducted confidential, in person interviews with senior level management or owners of local businesses and organizations to collect feedback.  Data will be used to develop and implement a strategic regional action plan to improve gaps and to support future growth.

Public meetings are expected to be held between June and July 2016 to provide an overview of survey results and recommendations.

View the project website for more information.

South West Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT)

As the digital world continues to grow and business relies more and more on internet connectivity to stay innovated in today's market, the need for reliable and affordable high speed fibre cable connections increases.  EDO staff and Council understand the need in our community and have committed funds to the SWIFT program which will, over a period of time, build the required infrastructure to close the gaps between fibre availability, ensuring rural areas such as Orillia are connected. 

Follow the links for more information about Orillia's rural connection and the SWIFT Network

Regional Business Attraction

Economic Development Staff continue to work with regional partners and counterparts to attract new investment and development to Orillia and the region.  Active and ongoing attraction campaigns continue to drive interest to our office.

We field hundreds of inquires annually, resulting in increased development revenues, employment and community growth opportunities.

Think North of Ordinary!

Orillia & Lake Country Business Expo

This annual trade show style event provides an affordable opportunity for local businesses to meet consumers and promote their unique and everyday products and services, available here in our own backyard.  Every year hundreds of visitors attend the event to discover new vendors.  EDO Staff as part of the Organizing Committee works for months with local and regional counterparts to ensure a successful event, year after year.

Visit their website for more information about the Orillia & Lake Country Business Expo.

Tourism Roundtable Summary Report

In March 2012, Council directed the Economic Development Committee (EDC), in consultation with BrainTrust Marketing and Communications to development recommendations on the delivery of tourism promotion services in Orillia.  

The final Tourism Roundtable Report set out key recommendations including:

  • That Orillia and Area tourism stakeholders embrace Ontario's Lake Country as the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO);
  • That a Tourism Roundtable Task Force work to consolidate the activities of tourism organizations within the area with a goal of reinforcing the on-task activities and eliminating off-task activities of Ontario's Lake Country and other tourism stakeholder organizations;
  • That the City of Orillia, as the centre and the home of the majority of the tourism infrastructure, increase its financial contribution to become a lead funding partner in destination marketing and development, and increase the level of human resource support to Ontario's Lake Country to boost opportunities for destination development.

Local Business Success Stories

The EDO looks to promote new, innovative and expanding local companies.  Want to share your story? Contact us at edc@orillia.ca or through our facebook or twitter @OrilliaEDO.

Regional Tourism Surveys

The Orillia EDO in partnership with Ontario's Lake Country distributes annual surveys to collects visitor demographics and behavioural data which is used to better understand our visitors and their needs to that we can improve tourism initiatives.

Visit their website for more information on Ontario's Lake Country


The City of Orillia Web site includes links to Web pages or sites operated by third parties that will take you away from our site to destinations over which we have no control. Our privacy statement does not apply to the sites of third parties and we do not assume any responsibility for the actions of third parties. We encourage you to review the policies of these sites yourself upon your arrival.