Economic Development

The Township of Centre Wellington's Economic Development is here to help your business succeed and grow. Our unique landscape, proximity to urban innovation centres, culture and workforce support our primary sectors of manufacturing, agricultural, creative industries, health services and many more!

Find out why it makes sense to invest in Centre Wellington. Our business community and opportunities might be just what you are looking for.  From full fibre availability to active business support networks, Centre Wellington has all the elements to help your business develop and flourish. 

We have all of the information that you need such as our community and demographic profiles, utility contacts and location proximity.

We are here to help you to reach your business goals because you deserve to be here.  We'd love to talk to you about the opportunities that exist in Centre Wellington.

As an established tourism destination, Centre Wellington is proud of its world class arts community, picturesque heritage towns, stunning scenery, along with a thriving sports and cultural scene catering to every age and taste.  The beautiful Grand River bisects the township, providing stunning views and landscapes in the urban centres of Bellwood, Elora and Fergus.

Winner of the Smart Cities Challenge - Our Food Future

In 2019, City of Guelph/Wellington County won $10 million from Infrastructure Canada to implement ‘Our Food Future’, Canada’s first circular food economy. As part of Wellington County, Centre Wellington will be an integral part of the program.

 The program will be ambitiously tackling three bold goals:

  • 50 per cent increase in access to affordable, nutritious food;
  • 50 new circular food business and collaboration opportunities; and

50 per cent increase in economic revenues by reducing or transforming food waste

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“Open for Business” is indeed how we do business in Centre Wellington. Bring us your ideas, plans and business opportunities and we will help you make them a reality. Our pre-consultation process for business development allows you to understand the process and costs as your company grows in Centre Wellington.

Centre Wellington is firmly committed to creating the conditions that enable businesses to go from concept to ribbon-cutting, as efficiently as possible. The Economic Development department can connect you with the right people and walk you through the permits and processes to help your projects move forward seamlessly, minimizing unnecessary delays and red tape.


For further information contact:

George Borovilos
Manager of Economic Development
Township of Centre Wellington
1 MacDonald Square, Elora ON N0B 1S0
519.846.9691 Ext. 304
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 Economic Development Strategic Action Plan

The Township of Centre Wellington has adopted a new Economic Development Strategic Action Plan with the goal to further strengthen and diversify the local economy.


The Strategic Action Plan emphasizes six areas for action:

  • Becoming More Investment Ready
  • Creating a Competitive Climate for Business Retention and Expansion
  • Continue Planning for Sustainable, Distinct Downtowns
  • Conveying a Clear Message Through Strategic Communications and Creating Partnerships
  • Continue Growing Innovative Agriculture and Agri-Business
  • Building Tourism and Arts, History and Culture as a Main Economic Driver
 Reports, Studies and Plans


 Why Centre Wellington

The Township of Centre Wellington is a community of choice to live, work and play.

Reasons to choose Centre Wellington:

Full Fibre Availability

Centre Wellington has full fibre to the home availability throughout the urban area of Fergus and Elora/Salem through the investment of Wightman Communications.  This means you can enjoy the quality of life offered here and connect to the world through our available fibre capabilities. 

Location - Proximity to Urban Cores

Centre Wellington has access to 130 million people within a day's drive and is within 30 minutes of Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – home to the Waterloo Toronto Technology Corridor. The short distance to the GTA provides access to over 5.1 million potential customers and visitors alone.

Quality of Life

Centre Wellington is home of many of the province's most beautiful natural landscapes and incredible vistas with glacier carved gorges and waterfalls. The Elora Gorge is a well-known natural attraction, as is the brown trout fishing and tubing activities through these waterways. Our festivals, events, heritage downtowns and cultural experiences make our area a premier choice for a healthy work-life balance.

Thriving Business Community

Our supportive and entrepreneurial business community enjoys a wide range of support services and competitive operating costs, enhanced by a local population committed to sustaining their local businesses.

Strong Local Workforce

Centre Wellington prides itself on the quality and availability of our local workforce.

Rich Agriculture

Centre Wellington has a strong local farming sector framed by a rich agricultural history and innovative agricultural business base. This is harnessed with collaboration with the universities, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Wellington Federation of Agriculture and many commodity partners. The market for fresh, safe and high quality products is growing and there are many culinary and local shopping opportunities here. 

Diverse Manufacturing

Our vibrant community is the home to well-established small to large manufacturing facilities producing a wide range of products.

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