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Regional Business Surveys

The annual Business Conditions Survey and Employment Survey collects information on businesses and employment in the Region.

Annual Employment Survey: Help the Region plan for the future

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

The Employment Survey is an important resource that helps Halton Region effectively plan for growth, stimulate job growth and economic development as identified in Halton Region’s Strategic Business Plan 2019 - 2022 (PDF file).

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.

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Past Survey Results

2021 Survey Results

The 2021 Employment Survey took place between May 10 and September 30, 2021. A team of nine Surveyors from the Region’s Planning Services Division reached out to businesses in Halton by phone or by email to gather updated business and employment information. Businesses were also able to respond through an online survey. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s survey.

The results of the Employment Survey are now available and show a positive future for the region’s recovery, despite the global impacts of COVID-19. Our local businesses have shown remarkable resilience and have adapted to the pandemic through work-from-home arrangements, new health and safety measures and an enhanced digital presence.

2021 Survey Highlights:

  • Jobs in Halton increased by an estimated 2.8 per cent between 2020 and 2021.
  • Businesses in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector saw the highest net estimated increase in jobs – a more than 17 per cent increase from 2020.
  • More than 26 per cent of employers indicated they had staff work from home.
  • Employment Areas in Halton hosted more than 41 per cent of total businesses and 51 per cent of total jobs.

2020 Employment Survey Results

The 2020 Employment Survey took place between September 14 and December 31, 2020. The results of the Employment Survey are now available online, and show the significant and widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Halton’s business community.

2020 Survey Highlights

  • The survey identified 13,647 businesses (a slight decrease from 13,650 businesses in 2019) and estimated 228,400 jobs (a decrease by 5.4 per cent from 241,423 jobs in 2019).
  • Halton’s Employment Areas continue to play a significant role in supporting regional economic activities, with 43.8 per cent of total businesses and 53.6 per cent of total jobs located in these areas.
  • In 2020, 4,973 businesses responded to the work-from-home survey question. 21.6 per cent of the responding businesses (1,072 businesses) indicated that the employees were working from home;
  • The sector with the highest net decrease in total jobs was Accommodation and Food Services (a decrease of 3,800 jobs, or a 20.1 per cent decrease from 18,911 jobs in 2019); and
  • The sector with the highest net increase in total jobs was Health Care and Social Assistance sector (an increase by 2,200 jobs, or an 8.7 per cent increase from 25,154 jobs in 2019).