Access to Elgin County's sizeable workforce and competitive operational costs hold great appeal to manufacturing, business, finance and professional service firms. To support local businesses, County townships and municipalities have a network of organizations advocating on behalf of the local business community.

Workforce Planning Boards gather intelligence about the supply of labour and the demand side of the local labour market by working with employers to identify and meet their current and emerging skills needs. The primary role of Workforce Planning Boards is to help improve understanding of and coordinate community responses to labour market issues and needs.

Information on the labour market, jobs, training and education in St. Thomas/Elgin, London and Woodstock. 

The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership and its Council comprised of local service providers and community members, works to help build supports for newcomers. The five areas of priority include: Settlement and Integration, Language ESL and Communication, Employment and Labour Market Access, Public Awareness, and Coordination of Services. 

Employment Services Elgin (ESE), in collaboration with Fanshawe College, delivers Employment Ontario’s Employment Services (ES) program. This provincially funded program assists people in finding employment through resources and information, employment counselling, employment workshops and job placements.

Fanshawe’s mission is to provide pathways to success, an exceptional learning experience, and a global outlook to meet student and employer needs. Fanshawe College offers training and educational programs in applied arts, business, health care, human services, hospitality, literacy, academic upgrading, life skills, computers, technology, apprenticeship and English as a Second Language.

Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) works together with our communities to promote and protect the health of people who live, work and play in Elgin County. We deliver a variety of mandatory health programs and services set by the Province of Ontario in the Health Protection and Promotion Act. For more information on programs and services, visit the SWPH website.

St. Thomas Economic Development

Promotes St. Thomas as an attractive location in which to build new ideas and assists businesses in the actual process of choosing and locating. The Corporation does this through a number of means, including external marketing, trade shows, company visitations, as well as remaining in close contact with a variety of prospect generators. In addition, the Corporation works closely with existing businesses to ensure that the local business environment is a healthy one that encourages the prosperity and expansion of those companies which call St. Thomas home.

Aylmer and Area Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 519-773-5655

Aylmer BIA


Port Stanley BIA

St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce

Phone: (519) 631-1981