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Halton Region Employment Survey


What is the Halton Region Employment Survey?

Each year, Halton Region collects information on businesses and employment in the region through an employment survey. Information gathered through the annual survey helps the Region:

  • monitor the region’s economic health and assess trends in economic development (e.g., local economic activity and land use patterns).
  • monitor and implement land use targets.
  • support water, wastewater and transportation master plans.

All data collected from the survey is consolidated and released to the public though the Employment Survey Results report. Individual business information is neither identifiable nor published in the report. 

The 2018 Employment Survey took place between May 14 and September 28, 2018. A team of surveyors from the Region’s Planning Services Division visited every business establishment in Halton to gather information about:

  • the number of employees working at each location
  • the type of employment that is taking place there
  • characteristics of the buildings in which business are located
A report on the results of the 2018 Employment Survey will be made available in 2019.

Highlights from the 2017 Employment Survey Results report

Front cover of the 2017 Employment Survey Results report. (PDF file)

Key findings of Halton Region’s 2017 Employment Survey Results report (PDF file):

  • The number of jobs increased by 3% from 2016 to 2017, accounting for 7,277 jobs.
  • Over 90% of businesses surveyed in 2016 were still operating in 2017.
  • The top three employment sectors in Halton are retail trade, manufacturing and educational services.
  • Most jobs in Halton provided full-time employment (70%).
  • 40% of Halton’s businesses and 54% of Halton’s jobs were located within Halton’s designated employment areas.
  • Over half of Halton’s businesses in Halton are independently owned (63%).
  • Throughout Halton, retail stores and offices are the most common types of non-residential buildings.

The Employment Survey is an important resource that helps Halton Region effectively plan for growth, attract new businesses and visitors, and support economic sustainability—all key priorities in Halton Region’s Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018.

Employment Survey results

The results of the Employment Survey are presented annually through the Employment Survey Results report. These reports provide Employment Survey data, with a focus on the characteristics of industry, businesses, and jobs in Halton and its four Local Municipalities.

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