Life Sciences

Industries - Life Sciences

Quick Facts

44%
of Halton-based life science and biotech companies exported their products and services in 2013

35%
of Halton-based life sciences and biotech companies invested in R & D in 2013

30%
of biotech companies in Halton that have started operations in the last five years

4.5M
Labour pool within a 1-hour drive

Halton Region draws the leaders in life sciences and biotechnology

Strategically located in the centre of major life sciences and biotechnology clusters in the Greater Toronto Area, Halton Region is home to a growing number of leading companies in this sector. Companies specialize in fields that cover bio-medical research, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment manufacturing and testing laboratories.

Life sciences and biotechnology companies locate in Halton because they want a strong economy that provides unparalleled access to talent and research support, as well as access to national and international markets.

These major factors drive innovative life sciences and biotechnology companies to Halton:

“We have an amazing opportunity of getting great employees [in Halton]... Being able to draw on such a large population for employees has been a great factor for us to stay in Burlington.”
— Ruta Stauskas, VP Human Resources Boehringer Ingelheim

The Region's biotech/life sciences cluster

Halton has attracted both national and international companies in the life sciences and biotech sector including:

The region is also a member of the Golden Horseshoe Biosciences Network (external link), which is dedicated to private and public partnerships, educational forums and economic opportunities for research and development.

New healthcare facilities

Halton's life sciences cluster is bolstered by new and expanding healthcare facilities including the new state-of-the-art Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (external link). This facility houses a cancer care clinic and supports a teaching partnership with McMaster University (external link) and with Joseph Brant Hospital (external link) in Burlington.

Highly-educated talent in the health sciences

Supporting Halton's biotechnology and life sciences cluster is one of the most educated workforces in Canada. Among Halton residents, 74 per cent have a post-secondary education and a growing number work in the health sciences and biotech sectors. Companies tell us that a major reason for locating in Halton is its unparalleled access to research and talent from 20 colleges and universities, all within a 60-minute drive. The University of Toronto (external link), Guelph University (external link), McMaster University (external link) and Sheridan College (external link) turn out graduates in many major fields of medicine, health sciences and biotechnology.

Support and incentives

Halton's Economic Development team supports the biotech and life sciences cluster

Our Economic Development team works with this cluster of companies to identify business incentives and location preferences. With our knowledge and our contacts, we can provide the full range of support services and essential information on Halton's economy, labour force, hiring, business costs, infrastructure, real estate and lifestyles.

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