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.

2016 Employment Survey

The 2016 Employment Survey takes place between May 9 and September 30, 2016. A team of surveyors from the Region’s Planning Services Division visits each and 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.

Business representatives can now complete the 2016 Employment Survey questionnaire online!

How to identify the surveyors

Surveyors wear a Halton Region shirt and cap, each bearing the Halton Region logo. They also wear a visible photo ID card that identifies them as part of the “Halton Employment Survey Team”.

Highlights from the 2015 Employment Survey Results report

Front cover of the 2015 Employment Survey Results report. (PDF file)

Key findings of Halton Region’s 2015 Employment Survey Results report (PDF file):

  • Nearly half of Halton’s businesses were located within Halton’s designated employment areas.
  • Halton has a thriving small business community, with nearly two-thirds of the region’s businesses employing fewer than 10 workers.
  • Over 90% of businesses surveyed in 2014 were still operating in 2015.
  • The top 3 employment sectors in Halton are retail trade, manufacturing and educational services.
  • Halton’s business community has grown 2.4% each year, on average, since 2011. This growth closely matches the growth rate of the population in the region.

The Employment Survey is an important resource that helps Halton Region effectively plan for growth, attract new businesses and visitors, and support economic sustainability in Halton—all key priorities in Halton Region’s Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018. Over 98% of Halton’s 13,259 businesses participated in the 2015 Employment Survey.

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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