Working For Yourself Is An Option

Entrepreneurship is something anyone moving to Guelph/Wellington should consider as part of their job search.

Industries with the highest number of non-employee operators (indeterminate) or self-employed
NAICS Description - June 2014 Total Self-employed
5311 Lessors of real estate 639 535
5239 Other financial investment activities 330 274
5511 Management of companies and enterprises 299 253
5416 Management, scientific and technical consulting services 310 221
5312 Offices of real estate agents and brokers 199 174
2361 Residential building construction 221 139
8139 Business, professional, labour and other membership organizations 187 125
5419 Other professional, scientific and technical services 184 125
5415 Computer systems design and related services 189 115
6213 Offices of other health practitioners 183 113
2383 Building finishing contractors 171 111
5313 Activities related to real estate 132 102
4841 General freight trucking 158 92
5617 Services to buildings and dwellings 157 77
2372 Land subdivision 81 74
5412 Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services 128 72
5413 Architectural, engineering and related services 135 71
8121 Personal care services 126 60
1110 Farms 76 59
4853 Taxi and limousine service 63 50
Source: EMSI 2014.3

More than half of the businesses in Guelph are entrepreneurial. The people working in these businesses are self­-employed, owner­/operators or are contract employees whom are essentially working for themselves.

Although there is no data available locally regarding the level of immigrant self-employment, in Ontario in 2012, there were a total of 57,810 immigrants landed and residing in the Province. Of those, 13,720 or 24% were classed as “Economic class, principal applicants”. According to Statistics Canada, the Economic class consists of business class (entrepreneurs, self-­employed and investors), skilled workers, provincial/territorial nominees, Canadian experience class, and live­-in caregivers.

Clearly ‘entrepreneurship’ is something that anyone moving to Guelph should consider as part of their job planning. Starting a small business or consulting on projects is not easy but there are resources available to help decide if this is an option for you.


Guelph/Wellington has opportunities for entrepreneurial, self­-employed, contract employees with a variety of part­-time to full-time positions. Is starting your own business or consultancy for you? Have a read of these resources.