Why Businesses Choose Tillsonburg

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Looking for market access without the associated costs? 

Tillsonburg’s strategic location, lower costs, large regional employee base and ultra high-speed connectivity create the right environment for businesses to grow and prosper.

Strategic Location

Located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario on the 401/403 corridor, Tillsonburg offers key access to Canada’s largest market – the Greater Toronto Area - as well as the markets in the Northeast and Midwest US



  • Centrally located within a 2.5 hour drive of six border crossings

  • 45 minutes to London, 2 hours to Toronto, and 2.5 hours to Detroit

  • Direct access to Highway 3, Highway 19 and Highway 59


  • Close to 5 international airports including Detroit Metro (DTW) and Toronto Pearson International (YYZ)

  • The Tillsonburg Regional Airport’s (YTB) 5,502 foot runway is rated for larger planes and offers access for private and corporate jets


  • The Ontario Southland Railway offers connections to both the Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) rail lines 

Lower Costs

Tillsonburg businesses benefit from lower costs:

  • No industrial development charges
  • Low property tax, capital and operating costs
  • Taxes on industrial properties are +30% lower than the provincial average (BMA 2018 Municipal Study)
  • New innovation park with land priced from $65,000/acre
  • One locally-owned electric utility offers significant savings
  • Eight grant and incentive programs available through the Community Improvement Plan


Plenty of opportunity exists with Tillsonburg's large market area, regional population and educated workforce.

  • Part of Ontario’s market of nearly 15 million people
  • Regional population of 236,074 (within a half-hour drive)
  • Tillsonburg's population is expected to be 21,220 by 2041
  • Located within a 2 hour’s drive of 22 universities/colleges and research /innovation centres


A location in Tillsonburg offers access to workers from a regional population of 236,074 people with a wide range of semi-skilled, skilled and management level talent available.  Based on its strong manufacturing base and diverse economy, Tillsonburg attracts entrepreneurial people looking for a safe, active and accessible community that offers a high quality of life for their entire household.  


Town Council and Tillsonburg Hydro Inc. support strong infrastructure investment programs through the annual Capital Budget process.  Maintaining and upgrading road, water, sanitary sewer and electrical network assets is a priority for the Town.  The Town also partners on infrastructure investments ranging from oversizing services to the installation of fibre optic in our community.  Recently, the Town has approved agreements with two telecommunication companies to further enhance fibre optic service in the community.  These investments will bring the potential for Gigabit fibre service to homes and businesses throughout the community, Gigabit fibre optic and help make Tillsonburg one of the most Connected communities in Canada.


  • Tillsonburg – Ontario’s Big Small Town – offers a diverse and thriving economy that includes numerous, high-tech or advanced manufacturing companies.  In 2019, Tillsonburg completed a High-Tech Manufacturing Sub-Cluster Action Plan to provide clear insights into the town’s manufacturing strengths and best ways to grow the sector.

  • Tillsonburg also offers a growing Food Processing sector that includes Inovata Foods, Poultry Specialities, Shaw’s Ice Cream and Tillsonburg Custom Foods. 

  • Other emerging sectors include retail services, construction, health care and FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate)

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View our brochure for more information on why it makes sense to choose Tillsonburg for your home and business.

Whether you are interested in expanding your existing operations, establishing a new business, or investing in an existing business in the area, Tillsonburg offers many opportunities. See our current listing of available lands and buildings.

Let Tillsonburg's Economic Development office help you make the right connections, and find the information you need.