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Why Businesses Choose Halton


Find out why Halton is one of the best places in Canada to locate your business.

Why Halton Region is a great place to locate your business

Halton Region’s strong economy and talented labour force create the right environment for businesses to grow and prosper. As Canada’s most educated region and one of the fastest growing areas, Halton businesses have access to a young, diverse demographic, high quality of place, and boundless growth, collaboration and innovation opportunities.

Market Access

Halton is located along the western edge of the Toronto Region in one of Canada’s most populous areas and close to the United States making it one of the top Canadian destinations for domestic and global investment.


  • 40 minutes to Downtown Toronto, 60 minutes to U.S. border
  • 10+ million people within an hour drive
  • Largest highway network in Canada


  • Close to 4 international airports
  • 15 minutes to Toronto’s Pearson International airport (2nd largest in North America)
  • Flights to six continents and 155 world destinations
  • Under 2 hour flight to major U.S. markets (New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington)


  • 30 minutes LRT to downtown Toronto
  • Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) rail lines connected to intermodal terminals


  • 25 km shoreline along Lake Ontario (Great Lakes)
  • 30 minutes to Toronto- or Hamilton Harbour and the Welland Canal accessing the St. Lawrence Seaway System


Halton boasts the most educated labour pool in Canada with 75% of residents holding post-secondary degrees and diplomas. Businesses invest in Halton because of the highly-educated and skilled people they can employ in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, professional and business services, technology, and life sciences.

  • 20 colleges and universities within 60 minute drive
  • 4.5+ million labour pool within an hour drive
  • 75% of Halton residents have post-secondary education
  • Among the most culturally diverse regions in the world with 140 languages spoken
  • 23% of Halton residents are STEM Graduates (Science, technology, engineering, math, and computer sciences)
  • Over one third of Halton residents have mgmt, finance or admin careers


Located within the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, Canada’s technology super-cluster, Halton businesses are have access to over 20 universities and colleges, and numerous research and innovation resources including:

Innovation Centres & Co-Working Spaces

  • Halton Global Business Centre
  • Milton Education Village Innovation Centre
  • Haltech
  • TechPlace Burlington
  • McMaster University – DeGroote School of Business
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (Future Site)
  • Silicon Halton


Halton is the fastest growing region in Ontario, with rapid population, labour force spurring record-breaking levels of residential and commercial development. With this growth comes an abundance of opportunities for business investment.

  • 550,000+ residents, projected to exceed 1 million by 2041 (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe)
  • 25% population growth and 21% labour force growth since 2006
  • 2.7 sf million non-residential total floor area built in 2016
  • $6.2B in ICI development construction over past 10 years
  • Post-Secondary
    • Sheridan College
  • Business Support Organization & Networks
    • Angel One Investor Group


With a desirable lifestyle and boundless opportunities for recreation, quality education and world class universal healthcare, it’s no wonder Halton is the fastest growing area within the Toronto Region. Halton encompasses four communities, including the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville along Lake Ontario and the Town of Milton and Town of Halton Hills along the Niagara Escarpment. Our vibrant communities offer an ideal mix of arts and culture, recreation, leisure, shopping, dining and all the amenities of urban living, while still maintaining their distinctive charm.

  • Halton Region is Canada’s #1 safest large municipality
  • Options for private education including Blythe Academy, Appleby College and Oxford Learning Academy
  • State-of-the-art hospitals
  • Affordable housing options and condominiums within the Toronto Region
  • Close to major attractions including Toronto’s CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Royal Botanical Gardens, Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, Toronto Premium Outlets, Canada’s Wonderland, Milton Velodrome

Top Employers

Halton’s robust economy is anchored on its diverse industry mix. Access to major markets, a highly skilled labour force, competitive costs, advanced infrastructure and a thriving research and technology community, have spurred growth and success for a range of industry sectors.

  • Ford
  • Fearmans Pork Inc.
  • Magna Cosma International
  • Communications & Power Industries
  • Tim Hortons
  • Evertz
  • Siemens
  • Gordon Food Service
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • L3 Wescam

Visit our Data Centre for a list of Halton's Top Employers.

Competitive Costs

Whether investing in new development, undertaking expansions or operating your business, you will find reasonable and competitive costs in Halton Region.

  • Corporate tax rate lower than the US
  • Competitive property tax rates for industrial and commercial landowners
  • Development charge rates midline to rest of Toronto Region
  • $6.27/sf average net industrial rental rate
  • $17.19/sf average net office rental rate
  • Soundest financial system in the world
  • Building a Better Halton Plan - $4.1 billion Halton Regional investment over 10 years in capital infrastructure projects
  • BuildON - $160 billion provincial investment over 12 years in critical infrastructure projects
  • Broadband internet access regulated by the CRTC
  • 3,700+ cell towers in the Toronto Region
  • Major communications service providers (Bell, Cogeco, Rogers)
  • Reliable local electricity distribution companies (Burlington Hydro, Halton Hills Hydro, Milton Hydro, Oakville Hydro)
  • Hydro incentives and rebates available through IESO
  • Natural gas services, incentives and rebates for business provided by Union Gas


Halton businesses have access to all the services they need to operate smoothly and successfully, without undue interruptions. The Infrastructure Improvement Program [link to page: Construction/Infrastructure] continually invests in major projects to support growth and ensure the region is competitive for business.

How does Halton stack up?

#1 Best Places to Live in Canada 2018 (Oakville)

Milton #6, Halton Hills #10, Burlington #31

#1 Lowest Crime Severity Index in Canada 2018

Halton has had the lowest crime severity index for municipalities over 100,000 since 2009

#1 Best Places for New Canadians 2018 (Oakville)

Milton #6, Halton Hills #18, Burlington #25

#5 Fastest Growing Cities in Canada (Milton)

#5 Canada’s Best Places for Families 2018 (Oakville)

Milton #11, Burlington #26

#9 Top MBA School by Reputation 2017

Degroote School of Business McMaster University, Burlington

#10 Top Small American Cities of the Future 2017/2018

Business Friendliness (Burlington)

#11 Canada’s Richest Places 2018 (Oakville)

Halton Hills #30, Milton #40, Burlington #48

AAA Credit Rating (20 years)

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