London enjoys a strong and well-balanced economy with a focus on manufacturing, education, healthcare, and business services. Large firms including 3M, STIHL, McCormick Canada, London Life, Labatt Brewing Company, and Toyota are among the city’s top employers. The University of Western Ontario is a major public employer.
The London Economic Development Corporation publishes information on the major economic sectors in the city and showcases its various industries and notable employers.
As with any established city, small and medium sized businesses are major employers. London’s location at the junction of Highway 401 and 402 (connecting to Toronto, Sarnia, and Windsor), as well as its international airport and rail infrastructure, make the city a strategic location for many businesses.
Starting a Business
London has a wealth of resources for those looking to start their own business including the Elgin Business Resource Centre and the non-profit Small Business Centre. Fanshawe College also offers services for students and entrepreneurs via the BizInc business incubator.