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Kingston's Major Employers

Kingston has a balanced and diverse economy with a strong private sector that accounts for 60 per cent of local employment. We offer a blend of business and hospitality services and research, development and manufacturing companies.  

Our strong public sector is the core of the economy and in the face of challenging economic times, is helping to ensure that growth and investment in Kingston continues.  This sheltering effect of sorts has helped Kingston maintain and grow its employment opportunities while neighbouring regions are facing significant downsizing.

Largest Private Sector Employers # of Employees                       
INVISTA Canada    900
 Commissionaires Canada    780 
StarTek Canada    685
Calian Technologies Ltd.    650
Empire Life Insurance Company    600
J.E. Agnew Food Services    550
Bell Canada    358
 Tim Hortons Inc. Distribution    210 
Assurant Solutions    180
SLH Transport Inc.    178
Dupont R&D Centre    150
Sysco    140
KIMCO Steel    140
Cancoil Thermal Corp    120 
* data confirmed as of June 2013 

Largest Public Sector Employers               # of Employees                       

Canadian Forces Base Kingston

Queen´s University7,000
Correctional Services of Canada4,187
Kingston General Hospital4056
Limestone District School Board3,100
City of Kingston2,212
Providence Care 1,800
Royal Military College1,128
Hotel Dieu Hospital   900
Ontario Ministry of Health   610
Ongwanada   480
Ontario Ministry of Transportation   300
St. Lawrence College - Kingston campus   306
 * data confirmed as of June 2013 


Kingston Economic Development Corporation
945 Princess Street at Innovation Park
Kingston, ON Canada K7L 3N6
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