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Who We Are

The Economic and Cultural Development department works to make Vaughan a place where entrepreneurship, business, tourism, art and culture can prosper and grow.

Our mission: We work to make Vaughan a place where entrepreneurship, business, tourism, arts and culture prosper and grow.

Our vision: Economic prosperity, entrepreneurial city, gateway to economic activity in the Toronto Area, creative and cultural capital.

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The objectives of the Economic and Cultural Development department, as detailed in our 2020-2023 Strategic Business Plan, are to: 

  1. Enable a climate for businesses to grow, prosper and create jobs.
  2. Advance economic opportunities and attract new investment.
  3. Enrich Vaughan’s communities and economy through public art and cultural development.
  4. Effectively pursue service excellence.

These objectives keep in theme with the Term of Council Service Excellence Strategic Plan, with the ECD department continually aligning its people, priorities, processes and technology to deliver services and programs that enhance the City’s economic prosperity, investment and social capital.


Learn more about our strategy and policy projects:

Office Development Incentives

Vaughan office space is in high demand, so the City of Vaughan is expanding the...

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Kleinburg Economic Development Strategy

A community’s downtown is its heart and soul and Kleinburg’s main street has enjoyed a...

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Municipal Accommodation Tax

Tourism is an important economic driver for Vaughan. Beyond accommodations and attractions, the sector also...

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Economic Development and Employment Sectors Study

As Vaughan-based businesses compete in the national and global marketplace for new business and product...

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Vaughan Economic Development Strategy 2010

Vibrant cities and regions undergo a process of continuous renewal. For the past three years,...

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