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The BWG Office of Economic Development

Is here to help you with your business needs

A Location Built on Opportunity

Located minutes from Greater Toronto, Bradford West Gwillimbury is a well-positioned hub for innovative economic activity across a broad spectrum of sectors. It is a progressive, dynamic community that welcomes investment and growth.

BWG Office of Economic Development is a key partner in this process, offering local market expertise, an intuitive approach to development and planning and a commitment to work seamlessly with other internal departments, staff and our Council to help make your investment or development opportunity a reality.

CIP Programs

Community Improvement Plan incentives are available for downtown businesses to encourage more housing and façade improvement. Incentives are also available in designated industrial parks to build or improve commercial and industrial properties.

Visit the Incentives page to apply.

Grand Openings & Celebrations

The Office of Economic Development helps organize your Grand Opening or Business Anniversary by inviting the Mayor, Councillors, MP, MPP, Board of Trade and local media; arranging a ribbon cutting and photo opportunity; and posting to the Town’s online Events Calendar. For Special Events, we will advise Council and post online.

Please provide provide two weeks’ notice. Business Anniversaries are for 10, 20 or 25-years or in 5-year increments beyond 25 years.

Visit the Opening and Events Request page to make an appointment.

Community Services

Public Safety
The town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the town of Innisfil are both served by the South Simcoe Police Service. The Service consists of 74 officers and 43 civilian staff and two police stations located in Innisfil and Bradford.

BWG is ideally situated in rapidly-growing south Simcoe County, with quick access to the expanding communities of York Region and Greater Toronto. Transportation by road, rail and air are mere minutes away, complemented by an expanding local road and transit system: BWG Transit.

BWG is located on Highway 400 and near Highway 404 providing a direct route into downtown Toronto and Northern Ontario. The Reagans Industrial park is located just east of the 400. The Highway 400 Employment lands is a 350 hectare properety that centered on County Road 88 and Hwy 400 interchange accommodating large industrial buildings and services for travelers.

Bradford West Gwillimbury is conveniently located within a 1 hour drive of 2 international airports:
Pearson International Airport is Canada’s largest and busiest airport servicing over 400 000 flights and 36 million passengers a year.

Lake Simcoe Regional Airport boasts modern facilities and the capabilities of serving small recreational aircraft up to larger corporate, regional and commercial aircraft. The airport has a Commercial Port-Of-Entry status allowing it to accommodate international passengers and cargo.

GO Transit’s Barrie Line stops at the Bradford GO Station with regular trains running during commuter hours and buses that run outside of those hours and on weekends.

Businesses in the Artesian Industrial Park have access to freight services and may be able to build freight spurs on their properties at their own expense. Contact the BWG Office of Economic Development for more details.


The Port of Toronto is one of Canada’s largest major inland ports and is strategically located on the doorstep of downtown Toronto.

The Port of Hamilton is the largest Canadian port on the Great Lakes and handles more than 10 million tonnes of cargo annually.

The Port of Oshawa is a national deep-sea port has handled over 500 vessels and shipped more than 3 million tonnes of cargo over the past decade.

Business Services

The Office of Economic Development works in partnership with senior levels of government and a number of external groups to support business and grow the local economy.

Simcoe County, Office of Economic Development
The Simcoe County Economic Development Office assists organizations with all of their business development and relocation needs. They also provide funding and resources to the municipal level economic development offices.

Bradford Board of Trade
The Bradford Board of Trade is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who sustain and promote local businesses by: providing services that help local businesses run their organizations more effectively, providing networking opportunities for local businesses, and advocating on behalf of local businesses to government.

Nottawasaga Futures
Nottawasaga Futures is a community economic development agency serving the South Simcoe Area. It is one of four community futures development corporations in Simcoe. Nottawasaga Futures supports the development of business plans and provides loans for start-ups and expansions. They are partnered with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury providing on-going support with community projects. NT Temps is a subsidiary of Nottawsaga Futures providing temporary staffing solutions to all types of businesses in the South Simcoe Area. For more information visit their website.

Provincial and Federal Business Services
The Government of Ontario and Federal government offer resources in the form of grants, loans, and information that can be accessed through their website.

Workforce Planning Board of York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury
The Workforce Planning Board of York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury is a not-for-profit organization that develops solutions to local labour market needs and issues. The Workforce Planning Board is one of 25 independent corporations in Ontario funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Their role is to respond to local needs in making job and skill training more accessible and effective.

Contact South Simcoe – Bradford Office
South Simcoe Community Information Centre is a non-profit registered charity that provides community-focused services to the residents of South Simcoe and develops projects that meet community needs. These services include community information, employment services, housing support services and volunteer opportunities in South Simcoe.

Social Services

Complementing our robust network of Business Services is an extended network of Social Service providers, offering job training, employment fairs, business planning, security and settlement services.

Bradford WORKS
Bradford WORKS is a non-profit registered charity operated by CONTACT and functions as a one-stop community employment centre offering services and programs to job seekers and employers in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

The services they offer job seekers include: resources and information, job search strategies, individual one-on-one employment support, job matching and placement services.

The services they offer to employers seeking workers include: free job posting and pre-screening services, employer related information sessions, job matching, placement and retention support services, access to training and employment incentives as well as a state of the art workshop room available for your hiring or training needs.

See their website for additional information.

Public Safety
The town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the town of Innisfil are both served by the South Simcoe Police Service. The Service consists of 74 officers and 43 civilian staff and two police stations located in Innisfil and Bradford. They are committed to quality splicing for all members of the community while being accountable in everything they do.

Visit their website for additional information.

Bradford Immigrant and Community Services (BICS)
The Bradford Immigrant and Community Services is a non-profit organization with the mandate to facilitate integration and to promote the interest of newcomers to Canada in the communities of Simcoe County and the York Region. They provide services in: English as a second language classes, information, referral and advocacy, translation and interpretation, form completions, commissioning of documents, citizenship and immigration as well as settlement assistance.

BWG Economic Development Office

BWG Economic Development Office

BWG Economic Development staff are ready to assist you with all aspects of your project, from the initial planning stages, site selection, identifying grants and financing sources, assisting with permitting process, partnerships, contacts for local suppliers and services, market and labour force data, and promoting your company.

Staff in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Office of Economic Development Department are ready to help you build work and grow in BWG. Please contact our office to discuss how we can help.

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BWG Office of Economic Development

100 Dissette Street, Unit 4
PO Box 100 Bradford ON L3Z 2A7

Michael Disano, Manager of Economic Development

Michael Disano

Manager of Economic Development

Office: 905-775-5366 x 1310
Cell: 289-231-3829
Email: mdisano@townofbwg.com

Michael Kemp, Economic Development Marketing Coordinator

Michael Kemp

Economic Development Marketing Coordinator

Office: 905-775-5366 x 1302
Cell: 289-383-6315
Email: mkemp@townofbwg.com

Get Your Information Package

The Office of Economic Development is available to assist you with any business inquiries and has a variety of helpful publications available for download.

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905-775-5366 X1310

Speak directly with one of BWG Economic Development’s knowledgeable and helpful staff today.



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