Business Districts: a new model for our regional economy

To provide effective solutions we must expand our understanding of the regional economy beyond geographical boundaries. Instead, we’ve introduced a business districts framework to examine our economy based on key physical, economic, and workforce characteristics.

We’ve analyzed each of the business districts to better understand the economic impact of the pandemic and identify how to support their recovery. The same districts can also be found across the globe.

Metropolitan Centre

The dominant urban centre of a region, defined by its density and variety of service industries – such as marketing, consulting, finance, tourism and retail. 

Goods Production & Distribution

Areas defined by the production and movement of goods — such as manufacturing, warehousing and logistics. 

Services & Mixed Use

Less dense areas containing a mix of goods- and services-based activities including professional, industrial, and retail operations.

Regional Centres

Hubs that are home to civic and government institutions and professional and retail businesses. 

Knowledge Creation

Engines of the innovation ecosystem which contain post-secondary schools and teaching hospitals.

Leading Practices: safety measures applied to districts and their businesses

Find COVID-19 safety measures appropriate for your organization and your business in our database of control measures. They include leading practices that building owners, employers, cities, and transit agencies are using to mitigate COVID-19 transmission risk and have been compiled with the input of public health experts from our region.

Explore the full list of practices

Pilot Zones: highlighting the needs and learnings of a business district

We focused on three areas across the greater Toronto area to determine needs and solutions that can be applied to similar districts, globally. In each, we established a pilot zone, where we engaged key organizations to explore that zone’s needs to operate safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial District Pilot Zone

Pearson Employment Area Pilot Zone

Scarborough Centre Pilot Zone

Leading Practices​

COVID-19 safety measures to support your business.

Explore practices


May 19, 2021

What to expect when Toronto heads back to the office

June 8, 2021

Can we be coaxed back to the core?

April 13, 2021

Sick Days in Pandemic Hot Zones

Data Guide

Learn how to assess and apply analysis.

View Data Guide

    Stay Up to Date

    Sign up here to receive insights and updates on COVID-19 leading practices, guides, pilot zones, and more.