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Our city provides all the right ingredients for companies looking to thrive in this industry; a highly skilled workforce, strategic resources tailored to the industry, a prime location on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and a large scale distribution network that can reach 142 million consumers within a day’s drive.

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Sub-sectors

Ideal for companies looking for a location for their Corporate Headquarters or wishing to focus on:

  • Food Manufacturing, Processing or Packaging
  • Beverage Manufacturing, Processing or Packaging
  • Supply Chain and Services
  • Technology
  • Wholesale or Retail Operations
  • Research and Development
Burlington breakdown of businesses and jobs per industry

A Booming Sector

  • Food and Beverage is the second largest manufacturing industry in Canada, with Ontario being North America’s second largest centre for food processing.
  • Burlington is part of Halton region, with over 33,000 workers employed by nearly 1700 food and beverage businesses.
  • With 6,500 acres of land used strictly for farming in Burlington, fresh ingredients can easily be sourced here.

Choice Real Estate

  • Prime locations.
  • Class A, B and C office space.
  • 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.

Large Scale Distribution Network

  • Situated in the largest consumer and industrial market in Canada.
  • Local and area cold storage facilities designed to meet your food storage needs.
  • Choice of reliable, flexible and secure options for the transfer of goods.
  • Easy access to global markets via land, air or sea.

Skilled Talent

  • 73% of our residents have a post-secondary education, higher than the province’s average.
  • There are 10 universities within 100 kilometres.
  • Our city’s innovation centre, TechPlace, helped city entrepreneurs generate over $35 million in revenue in the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
  • 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.
City Hall in Burlington in the early afternoon

Businesses Seizing Opportunity Here

Strategic Resources

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