Access to Major Markets

Market Access

Quick Facts

By car, Halton Region is only 40 minutes from Toronto and one hour from the U.S. border.

Two hours by plane to major U.S. cities

Easy access to the largest highway network in Canada.

Commuters have a 30-minute, two-way and all-day rapid transit service to downtown Toronto.

Halton is located close to the Canadian hubs and distribution centres for courier services.

Companies that choose Halton have excellent access to local, regional, national and international markets. The region is connected to all the key modes of transportation: road, rail, air and water. Market access is one big advantage that has made Halton and the Greater Toronto Area the top Canadian destinations for domestic and global investment.

Located in Canada's economic heartland with access to a population of 8 million people within a one-hour drive, Halton is part of Ontario's Great Lakes region, which represents one of the largest world economies, with GDP in excess of $4 trillion. Access to major markets has helped to create this global powerhouse and Halton is right in the centre of the action.

Two global advantages for Halton businesses that export goods and services are the North American Free Trade Agreement and the new Canadian-European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement. These treaties give local companies the important access they need to world markets.


  • Halton-based businesses have quick access to the 400 series of highways and the Queen Elizabeth Way.
  • The region is only 40 minutes to downtown Toronto and about one hour from the U.S. border. Four international airports are less than an hour's drive.
  • Eight train stations and seven bus terminals throughout Halton serve the region's growing rapid transit system.

Rapid Transit

For commuters, GO Transit is the regional public transit system, including both trains and buses, and carries 65 million passengers a year. The system serves Halton and the Greater Toronto Area with safe, fast, reliable and comfortable service to downtown Toronto and other urban centres. GO Trains and GO Buses serve a population of over 7 million in an 11,000 square-kilometre area. Nearly 96 per cent of train ridership is to and from Union Station in downtown Toronto.

  • The Lakeshore West line connects Oakville and Burlington to Toronto Union Station every 30 minutes.
  • The Milton line connects Milton to Toronto Union Station through Mississauga, with all-day train service.
  • The Kitchener line connects Halton Hills (Georgetown and Acton) to Toronto Union Station through Brampton and Etobicoke, with rush hour trains and all-day bus service.


Halton-based businesses have access to four international airports within a one-hour drive. Toronto Pearson International Airport is one of only two North American airports with scheduled flights to six continents and 155 world destinations. Other airports serving Halton are Billy Bishop in Toronto, Hamilton International and Buffalo-Niagara International.


Both Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) serve Halton Region with connecting lines to intermodal terminals, which provide domestic and international access to business markets.


With its ideal location on Lake Ontario, Halton Region offers access to the St. Lawrence Seaway System. Rail and highways deliver the goods to shipping ports in Toronto or Hamilton. From there, Great Lakes ships connect with ocean-going vessels.

Halton's Economic Development Team: Learn more about access to major markets

Our Economic Development team works with companies to identify the best access to their markets, business opportunities and location preferences throughout the region. With our knowledge and our contacts, we can provide the full range of support services and essential information on Halton's proximity 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.