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Looking to invest in Halton’s Employment Areas? Our Employment Land Concierge is here to help non-residential developers and businesses access information, support and advice throughout the development application process.

About the Employment Land Concierge

Our team understands the issues, challenges and resources required to identify the right location for your business. Whether you are relocating your business or expanding the operations on your current site in Halton, we are here to help you through the site selection and development approvals process.

The Employment Land Concierge provides enhanced customer service and support to non-residential developers and businesses looking to locate in Halton’s Employment Areas. Concierge services include:

  • site selection assistance;
  • site visit and tour coordination;
  • assistance with internal discussions during the development process;
  • acting as a liaison between internal departments and government agencies;
  • guidance on strategic partnerships with industry contacts and local businesses; and
  • market research and analysis support.

To learn more about the Employment Land Concierge, contact ecdev@halton.ca.

Business parks

Halton Region's business parks are a great place for businesses to invest. Located close to major highways and transportation corridors, Regional business parks have connections to major urban centres and amenities. There are also three urban growth centres (UGCs) in the downtown or midtown areas of Burlington, Milton and Oakville. With access to a large talent pool in the region and key markets in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, businesses can have confidence when they choose to invest in Halton.

Halton Region has:

  • 15 serviced business parks with shovel-ready sites
  • four locations planned for future development
  • planned for expansion of the 401 Industrial/Business Park (Milton)

Burlington QEW East

Profile

The serviced and largely developed Burlington QEW East is home to some of Halton’s largest employers and comprised of a variety of land uses, employment and building types. Situated along the QEW, the business park offers direct access and exposure to major highways and GO train/bus transit service, on-site amenities and proximity to complimentary services.

Size

  • Total: 2,332.7 net acres
  • Developed Area: 2,117.7 net acres (91%)
  • Vacant: 215 net acres (9%)

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 115 net acres
  • Underutilized: 365.7 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 1,860

No. of Jobs

  • 38,010

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 30%
  • Wholesale trade: 7%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 13%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 4%
  • Finance and insurance: 5%
  • Other: 35%

Major Employers

  • Sofina Foods
  • Evertz Microsystems
  • Innomar Strategies Inc.
  • Voortman Cookies
  • Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

Land Uses

  • Prestige Industrial
  • General Industrial
  • Major Office

Access to Transportation

Highway 403
Highway 407
Highway QEW
GO Train
GO Bus
Train
Burlington Transit

Burlington QEW West

Profile

The Burlington QEW West Employment Area is situated along Highway 403, west of the QEW and Highway 407 and east of Waterdown Road. The area has a concentration of industrial and office-based employment including manufacturing, information and cultural industries, finance and insurance, professional, scientific, and technical services and construction sectors.

Size

  • Total: 613 net acres
  • Developed Area: 457 net acres 
  • Vacant: 49.4 net acres

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 27.2 net acres
  • Underutilized: 402.8 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 105

No. of Jobs

  • 3,350

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 27%
  • Informational and cultural industries: 17%
  • Finance and insurance: 19%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 9%
  • Construction: 7%
  • Other: 21%

Major Employers

  • The CUMIS Group Ltd.
  • The Ippolito Group
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Alberici Constructors

Land Uses

  • Prestige Industrial
  • General Industrial
  • Major Office

Access to Transportation

Highway 403
Highway 407
Highway QEW
GO Train
GO Bus
Train
Burlington Transit

Burlington North

Profile

Burlington North is an emerging business area well suited to accommodate office and “knowledge-based” sectors and offers opportunities to capitalize on office development potential in Burlington. Located immediately south of Highway 407 and Appleby Line, the area is serviced and ready for businesses to take advantage of its prestige location.

Size

  • Total: 316 net acres
  • Developed Area: 212 net acres
  • Vacant: 101.3 net acres

Serviced

  • Serviced: 133 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 25

No. of Jobs

  • 740

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 50%
  • Construction: 16%
  • Transportation/warehousing: 4%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 4%
  • Retail trade: 22%
  • Other: 4%

Major Employers

  • Meridian Brick
  • Neelands Refrigeration Limited
  • Landmark Structures
  • Aecon Utilities

Land Uses

  • Flex and Major Office

Access to Transportation

Highway 407
Burlington Transit

Burloak

Profile

The Burloak business park is comprised of 148 acres of prestige office and industrial land, conveniently located just south of the Burloak Drive/QEW Highway interchange. The park features the Great Lakes Business Park, which is the largest master-planned development on the QEW Highway corridor. Located on the western edge of Oakville, the area is complimented with a full suite of retail service amenities such as restaurants, shopping, recreation and hotels.

Size

  • Total: 600 net acres
  • Developed Area: 435 net acres (73%)
  • Vacant: 383 net acres

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 131 net acres
  • Underutilized: 370.7 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 85

No. of Jobs

  • 3,630

Employment by Sector

  • Finance/insurance: 22%
  • Retail trade: 18%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 19%
  • Accommodation and food services: 9%
  • Administrative and support: 7%
  • Manufacturing: 12%
  • Other: 25%

Major Employers

  • Canadian Tire Financial Services
  • RioCan Centre Burloak
  • Burloak Technologies
  • Caterpillar Financial Services

Land Uses

  • Prestige Office
  • Light Industrial
  • Retail/Commercial

Access to Transportation

Highway 403
Highway QEW
Train
Oakville Transit

Oakville QEW East

Profile

Oakville QEW East business park is home to the Ford Motor Company of Canada as well as a number of major office and multi-tenant industrial condominiums, and is highly prestigious in character. Situated along the north and south sides of the QEW Highway in the eastern side of Oakville, the area features a variety of commercial, food, retail businesses or services and accommodations.

Size

  • Total: 909 net acres
  • Developed Area: 899.5 net acres (94%)
  • Vacant: 98.8 net acres (6%)

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 7.4 net acres
  • Underutilized: 103.8 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 550

No. of Jobs

  • 13,220

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 32%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 10%
  • Management of companies and enterprises: 11%
  • Finance and insurance: 11%
  • Health care and social assistance: 5%
  • Wholesale trade: 5%
  • Other: 26%

Major Employers

  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • Aviva
  • Siemens Canada
  • ACI Brands Inc.
  • Mancor Industries Inc.

Land Uses

  • Industrial
  • Prestige Office
  • Commercial

Access to Transportation

Highway 403
Highway QEW
Oakville Transit

Winston Park

Profile

Winston Park is a highly prestigious business park located on the eastern side of Oakville. The park has a wide range of uses, including major office, with a significant cluster of engineering firms, warehousing, logistics and distribution, and manufacturing in a “campus-style” setting. The area features proximity to on-site amenities and off-site services in proximity to employment area. The park is virtually built out, but there may be opportunities for infill and redevelopment.

Size

  • Total: 470 net acres
  • Developed Area: 464.6 net acres
  • Vacant: 12.4 net acres

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 15 net acres
  • Underutilized: 44.5 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 445

No. of Jobs

  • 13,940

Employment by Sector

  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 18%
  • Manufacturing: 22%
  • Wholesale trade: 8%
  • Construction: 6%
  • Retail trade: 8%
  • Accomodation & food services: 7%
  • Health care & social assistance: 5%
  • Other: 26%

Major Employers

  • AMEC
  • The Weather Network
  • Hatch Ltd.
  • Geotab
  • Genworth Financial
  • Amec Foster Wheeler

Land Uses

  • Office
  • Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial/Retail

Access to Transportation

Highway 403
Highway QEW
Oakville Transit

Winston Park West

Profile

Winston Park West, located west of Highway 403, is serviced and largely undeveloped, making it a great opportunity for businesses looking to grow. The park is slated to be developed as a prestige employment area with short- to medium-term opportunities to capitalize on the strong demand in East Oakville for office development.

The area has excellent road access and exposure via the major arterial road system, with easy access to and from the highway 403/QEW corridor.

Size

  • Total: 161 net acres
  • Developed Area: 126 net acres
  • Vacant: 79 net acres

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 0 net acres
  • Underutilized: 34.6 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 35

No. of Jobs

  • 520

Employment by Sector

  • Transportation and Warehousing: 23%
  • Accommodation & Food Services: 21%
  • Retail Trade: 6%
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: 10%
  • Administrative & Support: 9%
  • Educational Services: 9%
  • Arts & Entertainment: 7%
  • Information & Cultural Industries: 6%
  • Wholesale Trade: 6%
  • Other: 3%

Access to Transportation

Highway 403
Highway QEW
Oakville Transit

Milton 401 Business Park

Profile

The Milton 401 Business Park, located along Highway 401, is one of the largest Employment Areas in Halton. The business park has a strong base in distribution/logistics, manufacturing and transportation, and varies between general industrial and moderately prestigious in character.

Size

  • Total: 2,026 net acres
  • Developed Area: 1789 net acres
  • Vacant: 155.7 net acres (16%)

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 153.2 net acres
  • Underutilized: 350.9 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 545

No. of Jobs

  • 17,490

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 26%
  • Wholesale trade: 17%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 11%
  • Retail trade: 10%
  • Public administration: 8%
  • Accommodation and food services: 6%
  • Administrative & support: 6%
  • Other: 16%

Major Employers

  • Gordon Food Service
  • Karmax Heavy Stamping
  • Princess Auto Distribution Centre
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lowe’s Distribution Centre

Land Uses

  • General Industrial
  • Moderately Prestige

Access to Transportation

Highway 401
Train
Milton Transit

Derry Green

Profile

The Derry Green Business Park, located in the Town of Milton, is an emerging Employment Area bound by James Snow Parkway to the west and Highway 401 to the North. The Employment Area has three phases of development and is anticipated to accommodate approximately 17,000 – 18,000 employees. The park, situated on the south side of HWY 401 and west of HWY 407, offers exceptional transportation access, dedicated industrial rail access, and ancillary retail amenities. Phase 1 of the park is currently in development.

Size

  • Total: 966 net acres
  • Developed Area: 0 net acres (0%)
  • Vacant: 966 net acres (100%)

Serviced

  • Underway

No. of Businesses

  • 1

No. of Jobs

  • 800

Major Employers

  • DSV Canada

Land Uses

  • Prestige Employment
  • General Employment
  • Industrial
  • Office
  • Ancillary retail

Access to Transportation

Highway 401

Halton Hills Premier Gateway

Profile

The Halton Hills Premier Gateway is situated on the southern edge of Halton Hills along the north side of Highway 401. The business park is an emerging employment area, with many investment and development opportunities available, including large buildings and various sized parcels of vacant land.

Size

  • Total: 1,317 net acres
  • Developed Area: 551 net acres
  • Vacant: 407.7 net acres (83%)

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 417.6 net acres
  • Underutilized: 101.3 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 165

No. of Jobs

  • 3,890

Employment by Sector

  • Retail trade: 52%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 19%
  • Manufacturing: 18%
  • Wholesale trade: 2%
  • Accommodation and food services: 3%
  • Other: 6%

Major Employers

  • Toronto Premium Outlets
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Wolseley Canada Distribution Centre
  • Hayward Gordon Ltd.

Land Uses

  • Industrial
  • Office
  • Warehousing
  • Accommodations
  • Food

Expansion Plans

  • Expansion Size: 687 net acres
  • Area Serviced: 0 net acres (0%)
  • Estimate of Servicing Timing: Post-2021

Access to Transportation

Highway 401
Highway 407

Acton Industrial Area

Profile

The Acton Industrial Area is located in the urban settlement of Acton, on the north side of Highway 7. This area is a concentration of small to mid-sized manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and construction sectors.

Size

  • Total: 242 net acres
  • Developed Area: 140.9 net acres
  • Vacant: 49.4 net acres

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 32.1 net acres
  • Underutilized: 42 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 35

No. of Jobs

  • 1,370

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 44%
  • Transportation & warehousing: 21%
  • Construction: 8%
  • Professional, scientific, technical services: 12%
  • Wholesale trade: 12%
  • Retail trade: 2%
  • Management of companies and enterprises: 1%

Major Employers

  • AZZ Galvcast
  • Geo-Foundations Contractors Inc.
  • Purity Life Health Products
  • KP Building Products

Land Uses

  • General and Heavy Industrial

Access to Transportation

  • N/A

Georgetown Industrial Area

Profile

The Georgetown Industrial Area is located in the Georgetown Urban Area, on the north side of Highway 7. The area is well-established with a general industrial character offering opportunities for infill or redevelopment.

Size

  • Total: 299 net acres
  • Developed Area: 289.1 net acres
  • Vacant: 7.4 net acres

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 7.4 net acres
  • Underutilized: 71 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 175

No. of Jobs

  • 5,170

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 61%
  • Information and cultural industries: 10%
  • Wholesale trade: 10%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 7%
  • Administrative & food services: 5%
  • Other: 7%

Major Employers

  • Mold Masters Ltd.
  • CPI Communications & Power Industries
  • BFG Canada Ltd.
  • Saputo/Neilson Dairy
  • Cooper Standard Automotive

Land Uses

  • General and Heavy Industrial

Access to Transportation

Train

Mansewood

Profile

Mansewood is a privately serviced rural industrial subdivision located on Regional Road 25 immediately north of Milton and adjacent to the Milton 401 business park. Major uses include transportation, construction and manufacturing.

Size

  • Total: 77 net acres
  • Developed Area: 69.1 net acres (71%)
  • Vacant: 4.9 net acres (29%)

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 22.2 net acres
  • Underutilized: 44.5 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 5

No. of Jobs

  • 240

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 23%
  • Construction: 14%
  • Mining & quarrying: 14%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 29%
  • Real estate and rental and leasing: 17%
  • Other: 3%

Major Employers

  • Meridion Group
  • GO Halton Hills Bus Service
  • Modern Crane
  • AECON

Land Uses

  • General Industrial, Warehousing and Logistics

Access to Transportation

Highway 401

Midtown Core Oakville UGC

Profile

The Midtown Core Urban Growth Centre (UGC) provides exceptional opportunities for redevelopment and intensification of largely underutilized properties, to become a vibrant, mixed-use centre with employment, residential and commercial uses. The Province of Ontario has identified Oakville’s Midtown Core as an “Urban Growth Centre”, which defines the area as a transit-connected regional focal point to accommodate a significant proportion of the region’s future intensification.

The area has a large concentration of retail and accommodation/food services, with two-thirds of employment within the area. Its industrial lands are located primarily on the south side of the QEW Highway east of Trafalgar Road, and consist of mature general industrial uses.

Size

  • Total: 54 net acres
  • Developed Area: 71.6 net acres (100%)
  • Vacant: 7.4 net acres (0%)

Serviced/Utilization

  • Serviced: 0 net acres
  • Underutilized: 9.8 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 165

No. of Jobs

  • 1,940

Employment by Sector

  • Retail trade: 39%
  • Accommodation and food services: 14%
  • Manufacturing: 11%
  • Educational services: 7%
  • Other: 30%

Major Employers

  • PwC
  • Wellspring Pharmaceutical Canada
  • Sheridan College Skills Training Centre
  • Atlas Van Lines
  • Hatch Ltd.

Land Uses

  • Commercial
  • Light Industrial
  • Office
  • Institutional

Access to Transportation

Highway 403
Highway QEW
GO Train
GO Bus
Train
Oakville Transit

Downtown Milton UGC

Profile

The Milton Urban Growth Centre (UGC) is located in downtown Milton, along Main Street and Ontario Street and is comprised largely of retail, commercial and institutional uses. The Province of Ontario has identified this area as a transit-connected regional focal point to accommodate a significant proportion of the region’s future intensification.

Size

  • Total: 375 net acres
  • Developed Area: 338 net acres (90%)
  • Vacant: 37 net acres (10%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 37 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 614

No. of Jobs

  • 4,721

Employment by Sector

  • Retail trade: 20%
  • Accommodation and food services: 14%
  • Health care and social assistance: 9%
  • Public administration: 6%
  • Other: 51%

Major Employers

  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • Milton Town Hall
  • Sargent Farms Ltd.
  • iPro Realty Ltd.
  • Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty Corp

Land Uses

  • Retail
  • Commercial
  • Institutional

Access to Transportation

Highway 401
GO Train
GO Bus
Milton Transit

Developing in Halton

Invest Halton--the Region's economic development team that supports businesses looking to locate or expand in Halton--is here to help you navigate the industrial and commercial development approvals process. Halton Region and the Local Municipalities work together to streamline planning approvals and point you to the services you need to start building your business.

Regional Official Plan

The Regional Official Plan guides land-use decisions to ensure new development in Halton continues to meet the needs of current and future residents. To learn more about the Official Plan, please click on the links below:

Zoning by-laws

Zoning by-laws are in place for each of Halton Region's four Local Municipalities to regulate development and land use of areas such as business parks and the location and use of buildings and structures. To learn more about local zoning by-law regulations, visit:

Development charges

The purpose of development charges is to recover the growth-related costs associated with the capital infrastructure needed to service new development, such as water and wastewater services or new roadways. Visit the Development Charges page to learn more.

Development application process

Visit the Developing Application Review page to learn how to submit a development application, including how to prepare an application, meet Regional development conditions and complete a Development Agreement Request Package.

The Employment Land Concierge can help you navigate the process for starting a new business or expanding your existing facility. From site selection support to providing contacts and information on development, we can help put you on the path to maximizing your potential in Halton.

Contact Invest Halton

Halton Region’s Economic Development team offers a one-stop shop for businesses of all sizes and stages of growth, including:

  • investment assistance
  • site visits and tours
  • expansion and relocation assistance
  • Employment Land Concierge
  • online data centre
  • access to business networks
  • export development
  • Small Business Enterprise Centre
  • employment/hiring assistance

We will assist you with your investment needs and location preferences. We provide the support services and essential information you need to move forward.

For more information about Halton Region or to get connected to opportunities, contact the Invest Halton team.

Frequently Asked Questions

More businesses are choosing to invest in Halton because of our wealth of employment land development opportunities, access to a highly-skilled workforce and location near major markets in the GTHA. More than 580,000 residents live in Halton, and our population is expected to grow to one million by 2041. Recognized for our strong financial position, safe communities, excellent schools, well-maintained transportation corridors, reliable everyday services, and high quality of life, Halton is a highly sought-after place to live and work.

The Employment Land Concierge helps to guide non-residential developers and businesses to the services you need—whether it’s information about investing in Halton, support through the development applications process or advice on next steps. Our program is designed to enhance your customer service experience by giving you a central point of contact to respond to questions or concerns about your project throughout the development process (for example, site selection, pre-consultation meetings or submitting applications).

No, the Employment Land Concierge is a complimentary service provided by Halton Region.

While Halton Region cannot expedite files, we are here to make it easier for you to navigate the process. By working with various stakeholders, including internal review teams, Local Municipalities and other relevant agencies, Halton Region can help identify issues that may arise and support you in finding solutions to resolve them.

In 2019, there were 1.8 million square feet of industrial space and more than 448,000 square feet of commercial space approved for construction. This allowed for a building permit construction value for employment areas (industrial and commercial) of nearly $570 million, which is significantly more than the five-year combined average for industrial and commercial developments.

The total value of building permit construction across the GTHA totaled $21.8 billion in 2019. At eight per cent, Halton’s share of total development remains relatively modest. However, the overall construction per capita illustrates the significant amount of development occurring within Halton on a comparative basis. Per capita, Halton was second only to the City of Toronto in total building permit value in the GTHA in 2019, reaching $3,091 per capita, which was five per cent higher than the GTHA average of $2,940 per capita (Source: Halton Region Economic Review 2019).

Halton is committed to delivering high-quality and resilient infrastructure that residents and businesses can rely on. This commitment to our growing community helps attract new businesses, supports business expansion, and keeps Halton a premier location for investment. In December 2019, Halton Regional Council approved the 2020 Budget and Business Plan. The Plan estimates that the Region will spend $4.1 billion over the next 10 years (2020-2029) on our capital plan, including $2 billion on growth-related infrastructure. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Water and wastewater infrastructure: $2.1 billion to fund projects such as water and wastewater services for new developments; renewing aging infrastructure; and new water meter installations and replacements.
  • Transportation infrastructure: $1.6 billion to support Regional transportation projects such as road widening; new roads; grade separation; and road resurfacing.

Learn more about the 2020 Budget and Business Plan.

If you have any specific questions related to your industrial or commercial project, please contact ecdev@halton.ca.

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