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

2021 Employment Survey – We want to hear from you!

The 2021 Employment Survey will take place between May 3 and September 30, 2021. We know that many businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic—your input will be especially important for understanding how we can continue to plan for economic recovery and future growth in years to come.

To participate in the 2021 Employment Survey, you can:

  1. Take our survey online: Complete the survey from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
  2. Speak to one of our Employment surveyors: Our team of Employment Surveyors will be reaching out to businesses in Halton between May and September 2021 Calls will be made Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The survey will help us gather updated information on:

  • The number of employees working at each location;
  • The type of business activity that’s taking place there; and
  • Other questions related to employment activities such as employees working from home.

Individual responses will not be disclosed publicly by Halton Region unless required to do so by law. The data collected will be shared with our Local Municipalities (the City of Burlington, and the Towns of Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville).

Thank you for participating! Your input is valuable as we work to understand the changing nature of business activity and employment in the region. To learn more or request the survey in an alternate format, please email

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.

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).