Manufacturing

Industries - Manufacturing

Quick Facts

4,700
More than 4,700 engineers in Halton Region

56%
of advanced manufacturing companies exported their products and services in 2013

$85M
Halton's industries produce 37,000t of commodities of all types valued at $85 million each day

1/4
1 in 4 advanced manufacturers established operations or relocated in Halton within the last 5 years

4.5M
Labour pool within a 1-hour drive

Advanced manufacturing companies achieve success in Halton Region

Advanced manufacturing companies in Halton Region are engineered for growth and success. A strong and vibrant economy throughout the region offers the ideal location for companies that produce highly- engineered, top quality goods for consumer and business-to-business markets, both nationally and internationally.

What helps distinguish manufacturing in Halton is the region's engineering focus. Major sectors that apply advanced technology and automated processes include:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Industrial machinery
  • Telecommunications
  • Electronics
  • Medical and scientific instrumentation
  • Household products
  • Transportation equipment
“We export the vast majority of products that we make, so being close to the airport is very important….access to the 401(hwy) is critical...”
— Joe Caldarelli CEO of CPI International Inc., Georgetown ON

Manufacturers choose to invest in Halton

Companies have chosen to invest in Halton because of the clear advantages the region offers for advanced manufacturing. We have one of the highest concentrations of engineering professionals in Canada, ready access to national and international markets and an innovative environment for manufacturing companies. The region has available commercial and industrial real estate, along with industry support programs and generous government incentives that complement a manufacturer's drive for growth and success.

These major factors drive innovative manufacturing companies to Halton:

“...the talent that lives right here in [Halton] or is accessible within a 50km radius is incredible. We have staff that span the entire range from PhD graduates to engineers to skilled labour..."
— Anthony Khoraych P.Eng. MBA Owner of Advanced Test & Automation Inc. Milton ON

The Region's advanced manufacturing cluster

Among global companies that chose to locate in Halton Region are:"

The cluster receives strong support from local engineering firms such as HATCH (external link) and Amec Foster Wheeler (external link). Halton continues to draw companies — both successful start-ups and established multinational corporations. With their reliance on technology and advanced processes, these companies can attract the top talent they require. They can also tap into support from programs run by surrounding organizations and educational institutions.

Highly-educated talent for advanced manufacturing

Supporting Halton's advanced manufacturing cluster is one of the most educated workforces in Canada. Among the region's residents, 74 per cent have a post-secondary education and a growing number work in manufacturing. Companies in the sector tell us that one 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 including:

Each of these schools offer key engineering disciplines and management programs for graduates who will find their way into the world of advanced manufacturing.

Support and incentives

Halton's Economic Development team supports advanced manufacturing

Our Economic Development team works with innovative manufacturing 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.

Advanced Manufacturing Heat Map

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

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