Burlington expects to substantially increase the employment base by 2031. The majority of these jobs will be in value-added service sectors. Innovation and capital investment in advanced and traditional manufacturing will support a skilled employment base while increasing productivity.

Burlington’s annual GDP of $8.57 billion dollars is driven by the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, and Retail/Wholesale trade sectors, representing 36%, or $3 billion dollars. These sectors contain over 1,900 businesses, employing 29% of the workforce. This is followed by Advanced Manufacturing with $1.5 billion in GDP, reflecting 15% of the employment base through 355 companies.

Quick Facts:

Population (Census 2016) 183,314
Population change, 2011 to 2016 4.3%
Median Income – All Census families ($CDN) (Stats Canada 2016)  $93,588
Experienced Labour force (Census 2016) 101,650
Labour force, Participation rate (Census 2016) 68%
Unemployment Rate, Hamilton CMA (April 2017) 5.6%
Post-Secondary education (Census 2016) 62%*
Universities within 100 kilometres 10
Sources and Notes

Source: CMHC, Royal LePage, Statistics Canada – Census 2011 and 2016, City of Burlington, National Household Survey 2011
Note: Burlington is part of the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)
Note: Figures derived from National Household Survey 2011. Please see LINK for Survey data and information on statistical and methodological limitations.

Demographic Data

Statistics on the demographic characteristics of the Burlington economy are gathered from the Statistics Canada Census and National Household Survey. Updated every 5 years, the latest statistics are from 2011. Key statistics that provide insight on Burlington’s demographic characteristics include: Burlington’s population, median age and income.

Data includes:

  • Population and Population Growth
  • Median Age of Population
  • Population by Age Group
  • Population by Highest Educational Attainment, Aged 25-64
  • Total Population Aged 15 Years and Over By Major Field of Study
  • Total Population in Private Households by Immigrant Status and Selected Places of Birth
  • Language Spoken Most Often at Home – Total Population Excluding Institutional Residents