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Why Burlington

Why choose to locate in Burlington? Burlington has prime location, business environment and access to a well educated workforce.

Quality of life

MoneySense Magazine ranked Burlington as the #1 Best Mid-Sized City to Live in Canada in 2016. Learn more about what makes Burlington an award winning place to live here.

Fortune 500 Companies

Numerous Fortune 500 Companies call Burlington home, including: L-3 WESCAM and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) LTd. Learn more about Burlington’s key sectors here.

2 million

Engage with over 2 million diverse and highly skilled workforce professionals within commuting distance. Get more information on our workforce here. 

Location

Burlington is located within Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, conveniently situated between Waterloo, Toronto and Hamilton with central access to Ontario’s busiest highway interchanges and public transportation hubs. Learn more about transportation and infrastructure here.

Access

Tap into the 71% of Burlington residents that have a post-secondary education and explore a city centrally located near some of Ontario’s most successful educational institutions. Learn more about our educational partners here.

Low Business Cost

Develop, grow and expand Burlington’s employment base on 700+ net acres of vacant employment land with Developers/Design-Builders to meet your precise needs. Capitalize on the low annualized cost of Office Development around $20/square foot net rent for large buildings. Learn more about business costs here.

Why Ontario, Canada?

Canada

Business Environment
  • Canada is the best country in the G-20 to do business, according to both Forbes and Bloomberg.
  • Once CETA comes into force, foreign investors in Canada will have assured preferential access to both NAFTA and the EU – a vibrant market with a combined GDP of nearly US$37 trillion, or one-half of the world’s output of goods and services.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, the World Economic Forum has declared Canada’s banking system to be the soundest in the world.
  • Canada led all G-7 countries in economic growth over the past decade (2006–2015).
Business Costs
  • Canada offers the lowest business costs in the G-7 for R&D-intensive sectors, with a 27.7 percent cost advantage over the United States.
  • Total business tax costs in Canada are by far the lowest in the G-7 and 46 percent lower than those in the United States.
Workforce
  • Canada’s workforce is the most highly educated among members of the OECD, with half of its working-age population having a tertiary level education.
  • Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with world-class universities, a universal health care system and clean and friendly cities. The OECD’s Better Life Index shows Canada as best in the G-7 in terms of overall living conditions and quality of life.

Ontario

Business Environment
  • Access to a thriving combined market of 470 million people, producing over $20 trillion in goods and services annually.
  • NAFTA facilitates two-way goods trade valued at $929 million between Ontario and the United States each day.
Business Costs
  • Lowest overall business costs in the G7. 
  • Ontario’s combined general federal-provincial CIT rate is lower than the average of G20 countries.
Workforce
  • 67% of Ontario adults have completed post-secondary education.

CONTACT US

Burlington Economic Development Corporation
414 Locust Street, Suite 203
Burlington, ON L7S 1T7 Canada

905.332.9415