About 28 Businesses Recently Created Over 37,000 Jobs in Ontario

About 28 Businesses Recently Created Over 37,000 Jobs in Ontario

Since the recession, Ontario has created 293,800 new jobs.  “In fact, Ontario led the way — with 58 per cent of all new jobs in Canada from May 2009 to April 2011. Of these, 94 per cent were full time.”


  • Ontario’s deficit in 2010-11 is projected to be $3 billion lower than forecasted a year earlier.

At least 28 businesses recently created over 37,000 jobs in Ontario, Canada, as follows:

  • Entropex — an innovative recycling company in Sarnia — will pilot new technology, generate local and global business opportunities and create 90 jobs.
  1. Ontario is investing $4 million to support Entropex through the Innovation Demonstration Fund.
  2. Ontario’s  support will help the company pilot a new process that will recover 30,000 tonnes per year of unrecycled plastic that would otherwise end up in landfills.
  3. Entropex is a privately-owned Canadian Company that re-processes industrial and consumer plastics. It is currently ranked the 8th largest post-consumer product recycler and 18th largest plastic recycler in North America.
  4. By returning more plastics to the manufacturing sector for reuse, the technology will save enough electricity to meet the energy needs of 38,000 people.
  • Entrepreneurs in Thunder Bay are starting and expanding new businesses, creating 12 new jobs and investing in clean renewable energy. Ontario is supporting the launch of seven businesses that will provide new services in Thunder Bay and help boost the local economy, including:
  1. vegetarian-focused food store
  2. bakery/diner
  3. film/video production studio
  4. digital photography service
  5. foundation waterproofing business
  6. gift shop
  7. music management and marketing consultant.

Plus, the province is also helping Sturgeon Lake Lodge power with clean, renewable energy with new solar panels which is the eighth business project. Ontario is investing $178,113 in these eight projects through the NOHFC’s (Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation’s) Young Entrepreneur Program, Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program and Northern Energy Program.

  1. Improve safety and runway conditions at the Gore Bay-Manitoulin Airport
  2. Renovate the Gore Bay Wharf Centre to help support local artists
  3. Upgrade and improve safety at the Meldrum Bay waterfront
  4. Build a new education and business centre for the M’Chigeeng First Nation that will provide learning opportunities through computer labs, a resource centre and support new businesses
  5. Establish a new manufacturing facility along with new equipment in Manitowaning
  6. Update a digital mapping system to help the Manitoulin Planning Board with future planning and zoning
  • Improvements on Highway 17 near Upsala will make the road safer for drivers, enhance driving conditions and create about 40 jobs as follows:

  1. reconstructing 14 kilometres of Highway 17 from the east limits of Upsala, through the Northern Highways Program.
  2. Work will include repairing and resurfacing the highway, improving drainage ditching, and replacing culverts and guide rails.
  3. Miller Northwest Limited was awarded the $5.5-million contract.
  4. Construction will begin this month and be completed later this year. Motorists will encounter single lane closures during construction.
  1. Chrysler’s payment of its Ontario loan is six years ahead of schedule;
  2. announced five new production launches at its Brampton and Windsor facilities,
  3. has an investment at its Etobicoke casting plant;
  4. directly employs about 9,000 people in Ontario and supports thousands of related jobs in the auto sector.
  • Kavveri Technologies Inc., a local telecom manufacturer of wireless antennas, wireless systems and infrastructure, and radio-frequency products worldwide, will expand production and consolidate operations into a single state-of-the-art facility, creating 11 new jobs as Ontario is providing $156,000 through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund toward the $1,040,000-project.
  • NORCAN Hydraulic Turbine Inc. — a clean energy equipment manufacturer in Carleton Place — will acquire new machinery and expand its plant, creating 12 new jobs and supporting close to 30 additional construction jobs in order to design and manufacture larger water turbines that generate clean electricity from moving water. The company exports its products around the world and expects to double its global market share with the expansion as Ontario is providing over $487,000 from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund to support the $3.2-million expansion.

Here is a video that shows a type of hydraulic turbine for generating energy:

  1. These new mid-size projects — including solar, biomass, biogas, water and wind — will power homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.
  2. That is enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes or a community the size of Niagara-on-the-Lake each year.
  3. These projects will help attract more than $900 million in private-sector investment to the province.
  4. Projects are approved by the Ontario Power Authority through the province’s clean energy Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, which offers stable prices for energy generated from renewable sources.
  5. Ontario has the third-largest solar capacity in North America, after California and New Jersey and is home to the world’s largest operational solar photovoltaic farm located in Sarnia.
  • United Solar is creating 80 new clean energy jobs by investing $12 million in a manufacturing facility in LaSalle. This facility will make solar panels for the growing clean energy economy in Ontario and supply renewable energy projects under Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff program, which is building a strong clean energy industry in the province.
  • Ontario is helping Laurentian University build the new Laurentian University School of Architecture (bilingual) in Sudbury for 400 French and English architecture students to learn the latest concepts in green building design and sustainable development. Ontario is investing $21 million over three years, which will create up to 300 jobs through the construction and operating phases.
  • More than 670 students will have access to new and improved facilities at the University of Guelph Ridgetown campus by fall 2012. This renovation and expansion project will create up to 15 construction jobs. The Ridgetown campus is part of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) that supports future farmers and agribusiness employees from Ontario and around the world. Ontario is investing $1.4 million to support the Reek Building, a new student services and recruitment centre.
  • Siemens, a globally-integrated technology company, offers a wide range of ground-breaking products for efficient power supply, industrial productivity, affordable healthcare and infrastructure. Siemens Canada is home to 3,500 jobs for Ontarians. Siemens Canada, in partnership with the province, will strive to:
  1. Establish global centres of excellence in Ontario focusing on smart grid development, electric vehicle technology, wind and solar power, water treatment, energy conservation, and state-of-the-art manufacturing.
  2. Provide university Masters programs, apprenticeships and co-ops, as well as help develop post-secondary curriculum to help build a world-class workforce specializing in the clean technology sector.

  1. Improvements to Highway 427 between the QEW and the 401 to keep drivers safe, ease congestion and extend the life of the highway.
  2. Repairs to the Burlington Bay Skyway bridge Toronto-bound lanes that will keep this main transportation artery in good condition.
  3. Repairs to bridges in Chatham-Kent, Elgin County and Brantford will improve safety for drivers and extend bridge life.
  4. Ontario is also working with Trees Ontario to plant 200,000 trees along some of its busiest highways this year. The trees will improve highway appearance, reduce the effects of climate change, improve air quality, and increase driver safety by reducing the hazard of drifting snow.
  5. Ontario is using new and greener technology construction practices whenever possible, including: rapid bridge replacement which can turn a year of work into one day, recycling existing pavement, and using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fill.
  6. Ontario has 16,500 kilometres of highway and 2,720 bridges.
  • To avoid a repeat of the horrible tragedy in Walkerton due to contaminated water, eighty-five small rural and northern communities will get additional help to fix leaking pipes to help with water conservation and launch projects to improve water efficiency.

  1. In total, Ontario will provide $50 million, over four years, to support water and wastewater improvements in small communities.
  2. Across the province, the clean water industry employs 22,000 people and generates $1.8 billion in sales of water technology, expertise and services around the world.
  3. Municipalities, conservation authorities and Aboriginal organizations can now apply for Showcasing Water Innovation funding to support community projects that effectively manage drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.
  • Ontario is helping entrepreneurs and world-class researchers across the province develop the next generation of water technologies that will help enhance safe water for Ontario families and create 170 new jobs in the clean water technology sector for the following purposes.
  1. develop globally competitive water products and technologies, such as portable water treatment systems and
  2. improve water protection – from monitoring to testing to cleaning water – via real-time monitoring and cleaning solutions that detect and eliminate contaminants quickly to keep water safe.
  3. The province is investing more than $16 million to support clean water innovation through the Ontario Research Fund and Innovation Demonstration Fund.

  1. Expanding the Richmond Hill GO line north to Gormley by late 2013 to make room for more commuters, as well as the construction of a new layover facility at Bethesda Road.
  2. Extending GO rail service to the Kitchener-Waterloo area by the end of 2011, including three new stops at Acton, Guelph and Kitchener as well as the construction of a new layover facility in Kitchener.
  3. Transforming the GO terminal at Toronto’s historic Union Station by 2015 to make it modern, bright and less congested for commuters.
  4. Adding more than 2,300 new parking spots this year and another 3,500 next year.
  5. Building a new GO bus maintenance facility and storage garage in Oshawa by fall 2012.
  6. Rolling out PRESTO to all GO stations by late spring 2011, which is Ontario’s first-ever regional fare card that allows commuters to transfer seamlessly across multiple transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA).
  1. Ontario has the most solar PV (photovoltaic) capacity online of any jurisdiction in Canada.
  2. The 10 largest solar farms in Canada are all located in Ontario.
  • Anaergia Inc. is making Ontario home to its new global headquarters, manufacturing and assembly facilities as well as creating over 200 jobs in order to develop and produce technologies that convert organic waste and wastewater into clean biogas energy and natural gas energy.

  1. Biogas is produced when organic material breaks down in an oxygen-free environment – a process called anaerobic digestion.
  2. Ontario is providing over $16 million towards the more than $70-million project.
  3. The Anaergia group of companies, that includes the UTS biogas companies, has offices in Europe and the US and its technologies have been used in about 1,600 plants.
  4. Ontario’s Water Opportunities and Conservation Act aims to protect and conserve the province’s water while encouraging the creation and export of innovative clean water technology. The Act also attracts investment and creates jobs for Ontarians.
  5. For the fourth consecutive year, Ontario was named one of the top destinations for foreign direct investment in North America, attracting an additional 21 per cent of new projects in 2010, for a total of 127.

Please click here for a great video tutorial on How does a biogas plant work?

  • Strathmere, an historic Ottawa Valley vacation spot, will expand its business and attract more tourists to the region. Strathmere’s investment will mean 10 new jobs.
  1. Ontario is providing $646,770 grant from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund to support the resort’s $4.3 million expansion.
  2. Located in the scenic Ottawa Valley, Strathmere is an historic country retreat and corporate getaway site.
  3. In 2008 alone, its three major wedding facilities hosted 191 weddings as well as more than 350 meetings, events and conferences.
  • 72 new public health nurses will serve priority groups in communities across the province. The McGuinty government has hired more than 11,600 nursing since 2003. There are more than 3,000 public health nurses, registered nurses, registered practical nurses and nurse practitioners working in Ontario’s 36 public health units. The Boards of Health are required to have Chief Nursing Officer positions in place by January 2013.

  1. The new public health nurses will help public health units support hard-to-reach groups, such as low-income families, those who are homeless, isolated northern and rural residents, and unique cultural and ethnic groups.
  2. New public health nurses will also deliver targeted services using their broad range of skills in counselling, teaching and community development.

By the end of 2010, Ontario’s Green Energy Act helped to create 13,000 jobs, well on the way to creating 50,000 jobs by the end of 2012.

Fortunately, jobs in Ontario are coming back at a faster rate than in the U.S. and many other places in the world.

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