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Key Sectors

Overview

Burlington has unique economic clusters of businesses, skilled workers, community stakeholders and the education sector in Life & Earth Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Information & Communications Technology, and Financial & Business Services.

Key Sectors

LIFE & EARTH SCIENCES
Burlington is ideally located for companies looking to benefit from Canada’s top research institutions, including the National Water Research Institute and McMaster University. This infrastructure has contributed to an emerging Water Technologies sector. Approximately 12,565 people are employed in life or earth sciences occupations, in 1,443 firms.

SUB-SECTORS:

  • Water and waste treatment and disposal
  • Pharmaceutical and cosmetic wholesaler-distributors
  • Outpatient care centres, including physicians and healthcare practitioners
  • Architectural, engineering and geo-technical services
  • Medical diagnostic laboratories

Source: BEDC Analysis derived from Emloyees – EMSI 2013.1 and Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2012

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
Burlington has seen significant growth in the sector with over 355 companies, directly employing 13,024 people. BEDC has further supported this sector through the Next Generation Manufacturing Project.

SUB-SECTORS:

  • Electrical, radio, T.V. and communications equipment
  • Industrial control products, electronic inspection and monitoring instruments
  • Power distribution, transformer cores and components
  • Commercial and service industry machinery
  • Aerospace products and parts
  • Semiconductors and other electronic components

Source: BEDC Analysis derived from Emloyees – EMSI 2013.1 and Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2012

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Burlington is positioned well in Ontario’s technology corridor, allowing easy access to customers and a professional workforce. The City is home to roughly 401 firms employing over 5,241 people in a range of niche subsectors.

SUB-SECTORS:

  • Computer and communications equipment and suppliers
  • Computer systems design, programming and related services
  • Software publishers
  • Electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance

Source: BEDC Analysis derived from Emloyees – EMSI 2013.1 and Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2012

FINANCIAL & BUSINESS SERVICES
Burlington is part of North America’s top three financial services hubs. The City is home to national and regional Financial & Business Services headquarters, with an estimated 994 businesses, directly employing approximately 10,959 people.

SUB-SECTORS:

  • Non-depository credit intermediation
  • Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage
  • Capital asset financing, insurance carriers and related activities
  • Real Estate, rental and leasing services management, scientific and technical consulting services

Source: BEDC Analysis derived from Emloyees – EMSI 2013.1 and Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2012

Burlington is the perfect setting for our Head Office as it is a progressive and innovative city with a strong local economy.
– Boehringer Ingelheim Canada

key Sectors data

Key sector data is gathered from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Business Patterns, the Halton Business and Employment Survey as well as insight from industry experts.

Data includes information on the number of jobs and the number of businesses in each of the following industries:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Finance and Business Services
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Life and Earth Sciences