Agriculture in Guelph Wellington
The City of Guelph’s Economic Development Strategy identifies Agri-food and Innovation as a growth industry. Guelph is ranked the #1 agricultural biotechnology cluster in Ontario – one of the top 2 in Canada.
Located in Southern Ontario, Guelph brings together all the advantages of location, resources and quality of life, fostering the growth of life sciences, agri-food and biotechnology companies and associations.
In Guelph you will find the world renowned research and development facilities of the University of Guelph, and a cluster of government and industry support services.
Agricultural land covers approximately 75% of the County of Wellington and is considered to be among the most productive and fertile agricultural land in Ontario. The County’s industry is growing by revenue (13.2% growth in gross receipts), has younger operators on average than the Province, and exhibits a strong and growing profile of ‘family corporation’ farming operations.
In Guelph-Wellington, there are more than 90 companies employing 6,500 people in this sector, including government, education, biotechnology, agri-food technology, agricultural supply, equipment, food processing, associations, research, and marketing.
The Agri-food and Innovation Cluster in Guelph-Wellington represents a system of market and non-market links between companies and institutions concentrated in one location. This is good for business – your business!
Presence of strong research (e.g. University of Guelph, Ontario Agricultural College, OMAFRA research farms) and business support (e.g. Wellington Federation of Agriculture, FarmStart) assets can also generate new business opportunities and support new and expanding agricultural ventures.