Burlington Ranked Internationally by American Cities of the Future for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy

Burlington, ON— July 2, 2019,  Burlington Ranked Internationally by American Cities of the Future for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy 

Burlington has received an American Cities of the Future 2019/20 Award for top Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Strategy. Placing 23rd on the list of cities, Burlington is one of only a handful of small and medium sized cities to make this distinction. More than 200 cities were consideredand Burlington is one of only four cities with a population less than 1 million. Other winning cities include New York City, Chicago, Greater Montreal, and nearby Mississauga.  

CCities were assessed based on four key categories: Economic Potential, Business Friendliness, Human Capital and Lifestyle, and Cost Effectiveness and ConnectivityBusiness that choose to locate in Burlington leverage the highly educated talent pool of over 2 million within a 45-minute commute, regional and international transit hubs and excellent quality of life.  

“BEDC works very hard to attract new companies to our community and this international distinction recognizes what we have been doing for years,” said Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director at the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). “Being one of the smallest cities on this list demonstrates our competitive advantage over other regional locations and the reason businesses choose Burlington. 

 In 2019 BEDC partnered with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to provide immigration support to Burlington companies with highly qualified talent from around the world. Learn more about the partnership here 

The BEDC team continues to partner with Toronto Global and Halton Region to attract and support businesses to invest in Burlington. In 2017, BEDC helped Finnish Robotics company, Orferlocate in Burlington from Finland via the softlanding program at TechPlace, Burlington’s Innovation Centre that is led and supported by BEDCTechPlace provided them with office spaceconnections to partners, and hiring support during the first several months while they began the process of opening their first North American headquarters.   

For more information about doing business in Burlington, contact Andrew Elliston at Andrew.Elliston@burlington.ca or 905-332-9415 ext 7248. Read more about the winners and the methodology here.  


Media Contact 

Anita Cassidy

Acting Executive Director, BEDC

(t) 905-332-9415  ex 7258


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