Major industries in Kingston include healthcare, education, government, tourism, research and development, trucking, logistics warehousing, and manufacturing.Some of the largest employers in the city include Canadian Forces Base Kingston, Queen’s University, Kingston General Hospital, Limestone District School Board, the Correctional Service of Canada, the City of Kingston, Providence Care, Bell Canada, Tim Hortons Inc. Distribution Centre, and Empire Life Insurance Company. Trucking and logistics warehousing have been growing industries due to the city’s central location in relation to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Syracuse (New York). Kingston’s unemployment rate tends to sit around 6%, which is on par with the national rate.
Kingston Transit provides public bus services in the city, with approximately 70 vehicles servicing close to 20 routes. Express routes provide faster service during peak hours, and major transit hubs in the city include Kingston Centre, Downtown Kingston, Cataraqui Town Centre, and Gardiners Town Centre. Kingston Transit’s buses provide transportation for approximately 13,000 residents each day.Residents can also get around by using a ferry service, Greyhound (long-distance bus), VIA Rail (train), and the Norman Rogers Airport. These options provide access to other nearby communities.