Young workers walking down a street in Burlington

Burlington is part of Halton region, a regional municipality in Southern Ontario that is part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and which provides access to a labour pool of 4.5 million people within commuting distance1. Our diversified, highly skilled workforce is ready and able to meet your business’s talent needs.

Labour Force

  • 100,160 with a labour force participation rate of 67%2.
  • 76% of our residents (aged 25 – 64) have a post-secondary education, higher than the province’s average of 65%3.
  • Ontario has the highest immigration levels of all Canadian provinces4, resulting in a more global workforce from which to hire.

6.6% unemployment rate

20 post-secondary institutions are accessible within a one hour’s drive of Halton Region.


 67% participation rate

Fields of Study

The major fields of study by our residents are in the areas of:

  • Business; Management and Public Administration
  • Architecture; Engineering and Related Technologies
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences and Law
  • Health and Related Fields

We are also experiencing accelerated interest in:

  • Physical and Life Sciences and Technology (48% increase between 2006 – 2016)
  • Mathematics; Computer and Information Sciences (37% increase between 2006 – 2016)

Labour Force by Occupation

Retail and Wholesale Trades, Manufacturing, and Health Care and Related Fields generate the most jobs per industry here.

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Next Update

The above figures will be updated with the next census, in 2021.

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