Collingwood moves up the ranks of entrepreneurial communities

Collingwood is now an even better place to start and grow a small business, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ ranking of Canada’s top entrepreneurial cities.


The ranking placed Collingwood third as a mid-sized entrepreneurial city, up from seventh in 2014.


The report, released Monday, looks at 14 indicators, grouped into three categories: presence, perspective, and policy.


One of the biggest areas of improvement for Collingwood related to Government Awareness of Businesses, or the attention provided to small business.


“We have made a concerted effort to work with regional partners to increase the level of support we provide small businesses from seminars and workshops to specialized programs such as the PowerUp Your Business mentorship series,” said Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Town of Collingwood.


Life Satisfaction is another indicator that increased for Collingwood and Mark Palmer can attest to that personally. Palmer is lead partner at Greenland Consulting Engineering, a technology company that develops software and internet decision-support systems for water infrastructure projects. He has leveraged the connection between quality of life and willingness to take on new ventures, such as starting up a business.


“Collingwood is a great community, and the beautiful natural environment of South Georgian Bay, made this an easy choice when looking at where and how to grow our business and raise our family,” said Palmer. “Collingwood has what it takes to be a great place for entrepreneurs.”


Mayor Sandra Cooper isn’t surprised at Collingwood’s higher ranking, and believes the entrepreneurial spirit in the region will only get better.


“I’m thrilled that we’ve risen to the third best mid-sized city to start and grow a business in Canada,” said Mayor Cooper. “Our Business Development Centre has proven to be a valuable addition to our community, and the benefits to our entrepreneurs are evident. This achievement is great recognition of the hard work of business owners in our community.”


Collingwood is also one of the smallest communities, and one of only two Ontario municipalities in the top 10. The full report can be found at


About Collingwood

Collingwood is a bustling town filled with energy, creativity, and the natural beauty of South Georgian Bay.


As one of the top places in Ontario to open and operate a small business, Collingwood boasts a growing population and a thriving business community. Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts & culture community. Collingwood is home to an exceptional primary, secondary, and post-secondary education system, as well as integrated healthcare services, recreational facilities and a wide range of shopping choices.


Only 90 minutes from Toronto, Collingwood holds a unique position as both a business leader and a recreational gem. Experience big city amenities in a small-town harbourfront community. Learn more at Collingwood.Business.