Guelph, Ontario Is a Leader In Canada's Technology Triangle

At the Eramosa river at Guelph, Ontario Canada.
At the Eramosa river at Guelph, Ontario Canada. | Source

City of Guelph is Growing

A reader recently asked about the meat packing business in Ontario related to the permanent, part-time, seasonal, and teen employment options available.

While investigating the meat packing business around the province, I was impressed with the total business scene and lifestyle available in this city, Guelph.

Guelph is on my short list of Ontario cites to explore closely in person as soon as possible!

Guelph (pronounced gwelf ), Ontario has a reported population at 120,000+ in 2014, up from 118,000 in 2010. It is an interesting city about 61km or 38 miles west of Toronto, close enough to be considered a suburb of the Greater Toronto Area and certainly a neighbor that is growing in celebrity, new business, and increasing jobs.

In 2008, Canadian Business Online named Guelph one of the Best Places to Live In Canada and it has remained so. A low crime rate, very clean environment, and higher standard of living that other cities netted Guelph its ongoing rating as a top city for living in the nation.

Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation in Guelph

Progress In the 2010s

A local company, Biorem Inc., reported in June 2010 that it had increased business substantially with new accounts. This enterprise is an air pollution cleanup company. It reported accepting two new accounts for Smell Control Systems that added up to a total of $2,300,000 in new revenue.

Research In Motion® (RIM), developer of the Blackberry® smartphone is approximately 17 miles to the east of Guelph and the company offering the largest numbers of job listings within the Guelph market area (see information below).

Guelph's Innovation District -- on June 30, 2010 the provincial government and the City of Guelph signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost the local economy and create jobs through developments in the Guelph Innovation District.

Her Worship Karen Farbridge, Mayor of Guelph points out the advantages of this to 5000 residents with up to 10,000 jobs within a greener economy, as indicated in the material at the embedded link. This is a most progressive plan that will increase the quality of life for increasing numbers of visitors and residents over the next decade to 2020.

Guelph Innovation District

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Historical Contexts

In Flanders Field

The John McCrae House (b. 1858 and doctor, soldier, and author of In Flanders Fields, commemorating a 1915 battlefield) is a member of the Guelph Museums group and holds an annual reenactment of a skirmish occurring at this site earlier, during the War of 1812. The history of the Guelph area goes very well with the work of another, British, author of that war's history, Graham Sclater, who has written Hatred is the Key concerning the fates of 10,000 Americans held in UK's Dartmoor Depot prison.

Summer afternoon teas and evening piping concerts are also held at the installation.

Unique Railroad History

Guelph was the first city in the province and the nation to have its own federally chartered railroad system. it is still the only community in Canada to have a federally chartered rail line. This is the Guelph Junction Railway and its 24 miles of track.

Advancing Technology

Guelph is known as Canada's Technology Triangle, with the help of its colleges and universities in the market area. This designation is comparable in name, function, and results to the Research Triangle in the US Carolinas.

The University of Guelph is a respected facility that offers free lectures by such celebrity writers, directors, and filmmakers such as the well known Arctic educator, John Houston. Ongoing critical research at the university includes cancer breakthroughs, environmental conservation, and sustainability of clean groundwater. University contact information:

50 Stone Road East; Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1; Canada; Phone 519-824-4120

Downtown Guelph

The Downtown area of this city is a redeveloped and changing landscape of culture, arts, and interesting dining establishments. A Friday noon concert agenda is held in warmer seasons, and various celebrations fine a perfect venue downtown. Street performers participate in a benefit for children affected by war in an event known as Busking for Change [ has offered a link to the event in the past] . Street performing is fascinating personally, since we have little of it in my town.

An innovation downtown is the incorporating of a non-profit called 10 Carden Street, located across the way form the City Hall building. Its goal is to provide a community traffic and activity hub for non-profit groups, for-profit businesses, and individuals that seek shared, affordable space.

Just about any type of product or service is available in Downtown Guelph and transportation is excellent, including the rail system, a Greyhound Bus service, taxis, and delivery vehicles as well as walkable sidewalks and pathways.

In order to increase the local economy, a downtown pilot program called Open for Business is underway downtown. It consists, since 2008, of training small business owners in how to effectively survive disasters and reopen with the minimum of obstacles and delay. Guelph is the very first city in all of Canada to initiate this program, unique in North America.

The War of 1812 - '14 Touched Guelph, Lake Erie


From the John McCrae House: In Flanders Fields


Guelph enjoyed 9,000 job vacancies for job seekers in mid-February 2015, an increase over late 2014.

Top High Demand Jobs

  1. Engineers, all fields - At least 1,400 jobs listed out of 8,400 available in August 2014.
  2. Machine Operators, Millwrights, Welders, Forklift Operators
  3. Real Estate Sales Professionals
  4. Sales Associates - Nearly 25% of jobs listed are in sales and store management.
  5. Store Managers
  6. Administrative Assistants
  7. Project Managers
  8. Software Developers
  9. Registered Nurses and Travel Nurses
  10. Program Managers

Fast growing employers include Randstad, Randstad Canada, Canadian Armed Forces, Shoppers Drug Mart,, Nethireinc, Linamar, and Loblaw Companies.

Additional Major Job Listers

  • Sykes Home Powered By Alpine Access
  • Grand River Hospital
  • University Of Waterloo
  • Halliwell Consulting - Mfg. engineers and millwrights.
  • Allstaff
  • Itech Group - Robotics
  • Desire2learn
  • Linamar
  • Maxsys
  • Elby Professional Recruitment

Top Job Listers within 25km of City Center

  1. Research In Motion
  2. Origin HR Canada
  3. Randstad
  4. Manulife Financial
  5. Sun Life Financial
  6. Wellington Partners International
  7. Dean Group
  8. Aerotek
  9. Express Employment Professionals
  10. Spherion  

Number One Job Lister, BlackBerry Limited (formerly Research In Motion)

Founded in 1984, Research In Motion Limited® (RIM) has been a leading company in instant, accessible Mobile Communications across the globe. Its history is a successful one of developing innovative wireless application technologies.

RIM offers a long line of award-winning products, services, and technologies is used by well known companies like BlackBerry® (with the historic smartphone launch in 1999).

The RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, and software/hardware licensing agreements are widely distributed.

The company operates offices in major cities in North America (Ontario Province and US State of Texas), Africa, the Asia Pacific (Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore), and Europe (several sites in the UK).

Career positions available with Research In Motion® company are located at the following site: Blackberry in Canada.

Local Jobs with RIM/Blackberry

RIM's highest-demand job titles:

  1. Software Developers
  2. Security Researchers/Diogital Forensics
  3. Project Managers
  4. System Architects
  5. Software Architects
  6. Hardware Engineering Designers
  7. Financial Analysts
  8. Test Software Developers

University of Guelph Arboretum


Higher Education

  • University of Guelf. 50 Stone Road East Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

Colleges in Guelph, Ontario

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Patty, to write such an informative hub. I have been in Toronto but have not seen anything else of Canada. I think it is a wonderful country.

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I love Guelph, I'm happy to be a country mouse but if I were to move to a city it would definitely be Guelph again. The university of Guelph is also one of the leaders in Agriculture and Environment Sciences along with Veterinary Medicine... and my most favorite place on earth... the library, it is to die for... wow, once I enter the world stops for me. I have on numerous times gone in first thing in the morning and not surfaced till late evening time.

Fabulous hub Patty about one of my favorite cities

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy

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Woody Marx 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I would be at fault if I were not to comment on your super Hub about my city! The way the Church of Our Lady towers over our skyline echoes the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and the used bookstore Macondo's on Carden Street (which you mentioned above) is the place to find great books any time of the year. Thanks for highlighting us for the world Patty.

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Such a wonderful, beautiful place must be a delight to live in or near. Thanks very much for all your comments!

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Tranquilheart 6 years ago from Canada

I used to live in Guelph for 4 years, it is a nice place to live.

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ddalgleish 6 years ago from Canada

Guelph is near Canada's Technology Triangle (Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge), but not included in the triangle.

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dorinmouss 5 years ago from New York

I have never been to Canada but this hub made me to feel to visit it. Great job, thanks for sharing!

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