Economic Development Updates

We’ve seen significant growth in our business community in 2012. In April, I joined Mayor Rick Bonnette and Councillors from the Town of Halton Hills in a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the Toronto Premium Outlets retail centre located at Trafalgar Rd. and Highway 401 in the Town of Halton Hills. The first phase of the 500,000 sq.ft. outlet centre will open next summer. Toronto Premium Outlets will house over 100 outlet stores, serving as an entry point to Canadian markets for select U.S. retailers and designer brands. The new outlet centre is expected to create more than 500 full and part-time jobs plus hundreds of local construction jobs. This new retail centre will attract plenty of shoppers, both local and out-of-town visitors, and it’s a new endeavour that we are excited to be part of.

Earlier this year Milton’s Gordon Food Services announced it will be adding a 173,000 sq. ft. expansion to its existing warehouse/distribution centre located at James Snow Parkway and Regional Road 25. As the largest family-owned foodservice distributor in North America, Gordon Food Services has seen two previous expansions at this location since it opened in 1995. The latest expansion will add 80 new positions to the company’s current staff of 450 employees.

In May, Halton Region joined Oakville Mayor Rob Burton in celebrating the groundbreaking of First Gulf Corporation’s new LEED Gold office development near the Oakville GO Station.  First Gulf has secured PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP as its lead tenant for the six-storey, 150,000 square foot office development located on Davis Road, just east of Trafalgar Road and steps away from the Oakville GO Station in midtown Oakville.  

In June, Profit Magazine released its annual listing of the most profitable, fastest-growing companies in Canada. Several Halton-based companies have made the list, including:

  • #10: Life Sciences Nutritionals Inc., Burlington – manufactures nutritional supplements
  • #14: Apex Composites, Burlington – advanced manufacturing
  • #51: Bug in a Rug Canada, Milton – retailer/distributor
  • #56: Keyora Inc., Oakville – e-commerce software
  • #60: Endonetworks, Oakville – marketing agency
  • #75: FlightNetwork, Oakville – online travel
  • #87: Thrillworks, Burlington – website and application development, and
  • #199: Fluidconcepts & Design Inc., Oakville – office workstation design & build.

Halton Region and the Town of Milton were also on hand in August for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of Lowe’s Canada’s Distribution Centre at 3333 James Snow Parkway (West of Regional Rd 25) in Milton.

The new 626,000 sq. ft. Canadian Distribution Centre is expected to provide more than 500 full and part-time jobs plus local construction jobs. Lowe’s Canada has entered into a long-term arrangement at the Milton site and has the capacity to expand the Distribution Centre by an additional 175,000 sq. ft.

These and other recent developments translate Halton Region’s recently approved Economic Development strategy into action.

Businesses continue to locate in Halton for two key reasons – quality infrastructure and high quality of life. These attributes are attractive to both skilled professionals and the companies they work for.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”