The Ontario government is developing an inventory of mega sites that can support large-scale manufacturing operations, to be marketed to international and domestic investors as part of the province’s open for business, open for jobs strategy.

Mega sites are large tracts of land that are zoned for or could be zoned for advanced manufacturing use. They typically range from 500 to 1,500 acres in size. The sites should be serviced or serviceable by utilities, transportation and other infrastructure.

Who can apply

You are invited to submit proposals for consideration if you are a:

  • municipality
  • economic development agency
  • industrial property owner
  • other interested party

Site eligibility

The site does not have to be shovel-ready. It should be as close to possible to being ready for development approval (for example, building permits).

Your proposal will be evaluated based on 13 criteria, including:

  • size and configuration
  • location and transportation
  • utilities and servicing
  • site condition and previous land uses
  • surrounding property uses
  • automotive and/or advanced manufacturing footprint
  • talent and training
  • ownership and title
  • policy and regulatory framework (for example, zoning)
  • government approvals
  • engaging with Indigenous communities
  • incentives
  • community benefits

Sites that do not fully meet all criteria will still be considered. If you think you have a potential site, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Note: Lands located in the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment Planning Area or Source Water Protection Zones are specifically excluded from eligibility.

Application period

The application period for the program is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the Job Site Challenge Program.

Contact us

To contact us, please email investmentready@ontario.ca.

Updated: July 14, 2021
Published: November 08, 2019