Talented Educated Workforce


It's no exaggeration to claim that Halton Region is bristling with top talent for just about every business and professional sector. The region has the distinction of being one of Canada's smartest communities, where upwards of 75 per cent of talented residents have post-secondary degrees and diplomas. Over 12,000 employers in Halton can recruit graduates from 20 colleges and universities – all within a one-hour drive.

One primary reason why businesses invest in Halton Region is because of the highly-educated and skilled people they can employ in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, professional and business services, retail, healthcare and technology.

"Access to university talent was top on the relocation must-have list. By setting up shop in the Golden Horseshoe, (Halton) EcoSynthetix was able to form partnerships with a variety of local academic institutions, including the University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Guelph and University of Waterloo." 
— John van Leeuwen, CEO of Ecosynthetix, on relocating from Michigan to Halton Region

Quick Facts about Halton's Talented Workforce

4.8 M
Businesses have access to a labour pool of 4.8 million within commuting distance.

Halton has a labour pool of 281,000, which is still growing.

75% of Halton residents over age 25 hold a university degree or college diploma.

Halton is within a 40-minute drive to Toronto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

20 colleges and universities within a one-hour drive.

82% of Halton businesses rank access to training programs as a key advantage of the Region.

Source: 2016 Halton Business Conditions Survey

Great Place to Live

Halton is not only one of the best places in Canada to do business. It's also one of the best places to live. The region's strong economy and abundant lifestyle choices attract top talent who have great opportunities to apply their education and skills, secure good jobs and capitalize on the quality of life that Halton provides.

Halton's Economic Development Team: Learn more about the region's talented workforce

Our Economic Development team works with companies and organizations to identify top talent, growth potential and economic trends throughout the region. With our knowledge and our contacts, we can provide the full range of support services and essential information on Halton's access to major markets, economic trends, labour force, hiring, business costs, infrastructure, real estate and lifestyles.

For more information about Halton or to get connected to opportunities, contact us.