A choice of qualified, skilled people
Due to the fast growth of Whitby's population, employers have access to a diverse, educated and experienced labour force. Whitby's population grew almost 30% between 2001 and 2006, and a further 15% by 2012. Between 2012 and 2017, Whitby's population is expected to grow almost 15%.
The percentage of Whitby residents (aged 25-64) who have a high school certificate, post-secondary diploma or degree is over 90% which is higher than the province in 2012.
Whitby has over 70,000 in its labour force. Over 50% of Whitby residents commute for work. This represents an opportunity for employers operating in Whitby. Many companies have stated that there is a good supply of local talent. Also, hiring locally can lead to cost savings as the turnover of staff is usually lower.
Local employers benefit from access to recent graduates from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College. Over 30 university and college campuses are readily accessible from Whitby. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada offers staffing support information to assist companies.
Read more statistical information on Whitby's Labour Force and Financial Incentives for Human Resources and Training.