Contribute to a sustainable, creative and smart local economy that is connected to regional and global markets and supports shared prosperity for everyone.
Increase; 50 new businesses and collaborations by 2025
In 2021, 164 businesses participated in a range of business programs including Seeding Our Food Future, R-Purpose, R-Purpose MICRO and COIL aimed at supporting innovation and resilience. This considerable increase from 2020 is the result of many of the programs initiated in 2020, coming to completion in 2021. It demonstrates the broad reach that business supports, challenges and funding had in our region.
2021: 75% (n=438)
2016: 82% (n=39)
2014: 83% (n=52)
The survey was conducted in partnership with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and yielded a sample size of n=438. The responses reflect broad industry sector representation and business sizes. Although approximately 75 per cent of Guelph companies agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “Guelph is a good place to do business”, it is worthy to note that only ~7 per cent of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed. The remaining ~19 per cent of the respondents were either neutral (~16 percent) or did not respond to the question (~3 per cent). A contributing factor to a neutral rating may be attributed to adverse effects of COVID-19 closures throughout 2020 and 2021.
This work was delayed due to COVID-19 prioritization and staffing changes, but is now underway and expected to be completed in 2022.
Initiative not funded/resourced. Will request again through multiyear budget and staff will monitor external and alternative funding opportunities as they are made available to complete this work.
In June 2020, the Our Food Future project team shifted much of its focus to Grow Back Better, a 10-point response to the impacts of COVID-19. Commitments included seeding rapid business innovation, supporting emergency food delivery programs and helping families discover the joys of at-home gardening. However, other priorities didn’t slow down, and some exciting developments were announced in 2021.
The City’s shop local platform Guelph Shops continued performing well through the end of 2021.
In June 2021, with a shovel in the ground, the City took its first step towards building its own digital network, removing its reliance on third-party service providers.