Information and Communication Technology

Industries - Information Technology

Quick Facts

8,500
ICT labour force of 8,500: representing 23 per cent in growth since 2006

30%
of ICT companies exported their products and services in 2013


32%
of ICT companies invested in research and development in 2013

44%
of ICT companies in Halton have established operations within the last 5 years

4.5M
Labour pool within a 1-hour drive

Information and communications technology sector thrives in Halton Region

The strong and vibrant economy in Halton Region is a natural fit for information and communications technology (ICT) companies that provide leading-edge products and services worldwide. A growing number of these companies, both manufacturers and service providers, are calling Halton home. The region's ICT sector includes every major field from computer systems design and communications equipment manufacturing, to data centres and broadcasting.

Those companies have chosen to invest in Halton because of the distinct advantages the region offers the ICT sector, including:

Highly-educated talent

Supporting Halton's information and communications technology cluster is one of the most educated workforces in Canada. Among Halton residents, 74 per cent have a post-secondary education and a growing number work in the ICT sector. Companies in the sector tell us that a major reason for locating in Halton is its unparalleled access to research, co-op programs and talent from 20 colleges and universities, all within a 60-minute drive. The University of Toronto (external link), University of Waterloo (external link) (the largest school of computer science and mathematics in the world) and York University (external link) turn out graduates in all the major fields related to information technology, communications studies, engineering, digital media and management studies.

The Region's ICT cluster

As a growing magnet for ICT companies, Halton has attracted both national and international leaders in the cluster including:

From Halton, these knowledge-based industries can attract the talented people they need and tap into excellent support from programs run by surrounding organizations and educational institutions.

Support and incentives

Halton's Economic Development team supports the ICT cluster

Our Economic Development team works with ICT companies to identify business incentives and location preferences. With our knowledge and our contacts, we can provide the full range of support services and essential information on Halton's economy, labour force, hiring, business costs, infrastructure, real estate and lifestyles.

For more information about Halton or to get connected to opportunities, contact us.

Information Technology Heat Map

View Halton’s ICT cluster including subsectors and specific company information.

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