Meet our Partners
Our major partners are the City of Kingston, Kingston Accommodation Partners, Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Leon's Centre, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism Kingston.
The City administers and operates nearly 40 business and service units to meet the municipal needs of those who live, work and play in Kingston.
The City also partners with Utilities Kingston (wholly-owned by the City) to maintain and steward the development of the City's infrastructure, including roads, streets, sidewalks, bikeways, bridges, buildings, electrical, gas and broadband/fibre-optic networks, sewage and water treatment facilities.
The City of Kingston is governed by a City Council, elected by its residents to represent their priorities and make decisions that guide the work of City departments and staff.
A number of committees and boards and strategies, studies and plans aid in guiding the governance and administration of the City toward fulfilling the community's expressed vision: Kingston: Canada's most sustainable City.
Kingston's Strategic Plan offers an overview of the work now being undertaken by the City and Council (and the budgets associated with this work).
Kingston Accommodation Partners (KAP) is the leading voice in Kingston’s accommodation sector. They work closely with their members to build recognition of Kingston as a tourism destination, and collaborate with their stakeholders to bring visitors to the region and grow overnight stays.
Kingston Accommodation Partners’ vision is to build recognition of Kingston as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.
Kingston Economic Development is dedicated to supporting Kingston’s vibrant business community. They are directly involved in supporting start-ups, growth and attraction of businesses that our city maintains a strong economy. The team works with international and domestic investors alongside local businesses to grow commerce and industry in Kingston. They work closely with companies of all sizes, from research and development to small business expansion to foreign direct investment.
The Leon’s Centre, proudly managed by ASM Global, is a is a 6,700-seat sports and entertainment venue with an additional capacity of 1000 seats on our arena floor. Host to concerts, conferences, trade shows and gala dinners. Located in downtown Kingston, Ontario, The arena is the home of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Leon’s Centre has been recognized at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry awards by being named “Major Venue of the Year” for facilities under 8,000 capacity 8 times since opening in 2008.
For the past 181 years, dating back to when Kingston was named the first capital of the United Province of Canada, the Chamber has played an integral leadership role in serving and representing the interests of businesses, small and large, in our community.
The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is the oldest chamber in the province and boasts a membership base of 650 businesses representing over 18,000 employees.
We are the trusted advocate and tireless champion for local business. Our most fundamental objective is to generate more business activity for the community. The chamber initiates business-to-business commerce and creates opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals.
Tourism Kingston is the city’s destination marketing and management organization. Its work includes strategic marketing and communications, incentivizing tourism activity through its sales sectors (travel trade, business events, sport and wellness, and the Kingston Film Office), and providing visitor services in-person and online at the Visitor Information Centre.
Tourism Kingston’s mission is to promote Kingston as a uniquely historic and hip destination to explore year-round. Its vision is to excel in creating, promoting, and growing opportunities for Kingston to be a premier destination for individuals, groups, and businesses; to leverage tourism as a key driver of a healthy economy of Kingston; and to champion Kingston as a destination for local, regional, national, and international tourism.