Guelph is a city in the southwest region of Ontario, in Canada. Not least of all due to the low crime rates and lack of pollution, people living in Guelph are generally considered to have a higher standard of living than almost anywhere else in the country. Nicknamed ‘The Royal City’, the area is thought to be one of Canada’s earliest planned towns. The name Guelph was chosen because of its connection to the British Royal family, hence the nickname still commonly used today. The city is home to notable civic structures, such as an impressive 120 foot long timber-frame latticed pedestrian bridge, and the Guelph civic museum. Various expat communities exist in Guelph, the most significant of which are the growing communities of South and Southeast Asian expatriates.
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Guelph experiences warm, humid weather in summer, and cold weather in winter, along with relatively high levels of rain and snowfall. The city has a rich history and culture, and is home to a number of Victorian-era buildings and churches. The most recognized religious building in the city is the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, which was constructed from local limestone in a dramatic, Gothic style in the last 1800s. The huge, Roman Catholic church is renowned for its delicately carved stained glass windows, and impressive twin towers. Expatriates moving to Guelph will find there are a wide range of historical buildings to explore around the whole city. You can find out more about living and working abroad in the Expat Magazine on our InterNations website, or simply by joining our friendly online expatriate community where you can talk to expats living all around the world, including in Canada.
Guelph boasts of having a diverse and very stable economy, and notes five particular industries as important contributors to the area’s financial stability and employment opportunities. Advanced manufacturing (including electronics-based manufacturing) is considered one of the crucial elements of Guelph’s economy, and 24.3% of people working in Guelph when the 2006 census took place were working in this industry. Environmental management technology is another important part of Guelph’s economy, which employs over 1,350 people in Guelph. Tourism is also a key part of the flourishing economy, and communications businesses and agri-food companies are the other facets identified as important by the Guelph Economic Development Strategy. More than 6,500 people working in Guelph are employed in the agri-food industry, which represents a $63 billion dollar value economy in Ontario. Expats living in Guelph will find a wide range of innovative businesses flourishing in the area – with rich and rewarding employment prospects.