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A supportive industry that employs over 7,000 people with a focus on research & development, testing, diagnostics, consulting, and device manufacturing.

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Sub-sectors

Our city is ideal for businesses looking for a location for their Corporate Headquarters or wishing to focus on:

  • Cannabis – processing, testing, and research
  • Biomedical – research, development and testing
  • Scientific and equipment manufacturing
Burlington breakdown of businesses and jobs per industry

Choice Real Estate

  • Prime locations available immediately.
  • Class A, B and C office space options.
  • High end industrial spaces with grade level doors.
  • Development costs that are competitive relative to our city’s proximity to Toronto.
  • Charges for building permits are among the lowest in the region.
  • New incentives designed to encourage development.

Skilled Talent

  • 73% of our residents have a post-secondary education, 13% within Health and related fields.
  • There are 10 universities within 100 kilometres.
  • A greater quality of life means employee retention rates are higher.

Dedicated City Personnel will:

  • Eliminate barriers to business growth through the Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force.
  • Provide market intel and data.
  • Recommend sites based on your business’s needs.
  • Brainstorm and troubleshoot on the spot.
  • Liaise with all levels of government on your business’s behalf.

Cannabis Innovation

We were one of the first municipalities in Canada to allow retail cannabis stores to operate within our boundaries. Our pro-cannabis City Council, supportive community and established Biomedical and Life Sciences sector have set the stage for innovation in this growing industry here in Burlington.

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No Additional Restrictions on Cannabis

Unlike many cannabis-friendly cities, we are seeking to maintain consistency with the provincial and federal laws that regulate this industry. Accordingly, we will not be establishing additional restrictions at the local level for businesses that meet provincial and federal guidelines. Companies exploring cannabis innovation can be assured that they will receive the same welcome and support as companies in other, more traditional sectors.   

Strategic Partnerships & Resources

Established Key Players

Success Story:

Leading Canadian pharmaceutical company sets up shop in Burlington

EmpowerPharm Inc. is a Canadian pharmaceutical company that has been developing prescription CBD tablets to the highest quality standard. Empower CBD™, a first-of-its-kind prescription tablet containing synthetic CBD to treat anxiety without the serious potential side-effects associated with some current prescription drugs.

Situated in Burlington since 2018, EmpowerPharm chose Burlington because of the lower cost for industrial real estate and development compared to Toronto and its conveniently location close to southern-Ontario’s biggest cities and international airport.

Boiler room at EmpowerPharm

Recently EmpowerPharm completed construction what is the first Canadian GMP-compliant facility for the manufacture of pharmaceutical CBD. This facility is awaiting inspection from Health Canada as the company is required to obtain a Drug Establishment License (DEL).

 

With Burlington’s access to great education, green space, safe neighbourhoods, vibrant restaurant & retail scenes and a beautiful waterfront, the city has been the perfect place employees and the company as whole.

Success Story:

Leading Canadian pharmaceutical company sets up shop in Burlington

EmpowerPharm Inc. is a Canadian pharmaceutical company that has been developing prescription CBD tablets to the highest quality standard. Empower CBD™, a first-of-its-kind prescription tablet containing synthetic CBD to treat anxiety without the serious potential side-effects associated with some current prescription drugs.

Read the Full Story

“Burlington City Council works quickly and efficiently to provide permits and other supports for businesses.”

EmpowerPharm Inc.

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