Nearly 1,000 new businesses established in Halton in 2015

2015 Employment Survey results

Each year, Halton Region conducts the Employment Survey to highlight the factors underlying Halton’s economic health. The results of the survey support policy and decision-making at the Region and inform infrastructure improvements that serve local residents and businesses. At Halton Region, we are committed to supporting and sustaining a strong local economy and the Employment Survey helps us plan for the future to ensure that when businesses choose to locate in Halton, they are choosing one of the best places in Canada to do business.

Key results for the survey include:

  • Nearly half of Halton’s businesses were located within Halton’s designated employment areas
  • Strong business investment activity in the region helped Halton attain an average unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent in 2015 – a figure significantly lower than the provincial and national rates.
  • Over 90 per cent of businesses surveyed in 2014 were still operating in 2015.
  • The top three sectors in Halton are retail trade, manufacturing and educational services
  • Halton’s business community has grown 2.4 per cent each year, on average, since 2011.  This growth closely matches the growth rate of the population in the region.

These results are impressive and demonstrate many businesses are benefitting from the strategic advantages of building and investing in Halton. Businesses in Halton profit from a deep talent pool of professionals, proximity to leading educational institutions, easy access to major markets and a high quality of life.

The Employment Survey is an important resource that helps us effectively plan for growth, attract new businesses and visitors, and support economic sustainability in Halton—all key priorities in Halton Region’s Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018. We couldn’t do this without the help of the many businesses in Halton that participate in the survey annually. In 2015, our survey response rate was over 98 per cent. I am thankful that so many businesses took the time to participate in the survey. They are a big reason why Halton is such a great place to live, work, do business and invest. By planning for today and tomorrow, we continue to support our vibrant and growing business community.

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