Region: Halton’s economy continues to thrive with increase in jobs and businesses

  • May 4, 2015
  • John Rich

Halton Region's 2014 Employment Survey Results report, presented to Regional Council on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, indicates that in 2014, Halton experienced an increase of over 8,000 jobs and almost 500 new businesses—both strong indicators of economic growth in the region.

“The annual Employment Survey provides Halton Region with key information regarding effective land use planning and trends in Halton’s economic development. It also supports our planning for water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure,” said Halton’s Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Reports such as the Employment Survey allow us to effectively plan for growth, attract new businesses and visitors, and support economic sustainability in Halton Region.”

Over 13,000 businesses in Halton Region participated in the fifth annual survey. Halton’s Employment Survey is a comprehensive, door-to-door business survey that captures employment and land use information. Data collection takes place through face-to-face interviews or telephone conversations conducted between May and September of each year.

Key findings of the report include:

  • An increase in Halton jobs to 218,257 (a year-over-year net increase of over 8,200 jobs).
  • An increase in businesses in Halton to 13,193 (492 greater than in 2013).
  • Halton’s top three sectors by number of jobs were: retail trade (32,201), manufacturing (31,176) and health care and social assistance (19,880).
  • Four out of five jobs in Halton were in the service-based sector.
  • Over 90 per cent of businesses surveyed in 2013 were still operating in 2014.
  • Most jobs in Halton (70 per cent) provided full-time employment.

To view the full 2014 Employment Survey Results report, visit