Government services organizations choose to locate and expand in Whitby. Select one of the links below to learn why Whitby is their Community of Choice:
- Skilled Labour Force
- World-Class Education and Training
- Competitive Business Costs
- Access to High-Speed Broadband
- Convenient Transportation Links
- Superior Quality of Life to Attract and Retain Talent
- Real Estate Opportunities.
Whitby/Durham's diverse labour pool provides the skills needed for today's government services organizations. In 2012, relative to Ontario, a larger percentage of Whitby's resident labour force worked in:
- Finance and insurance
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Educational services
- Public administration
- Wholesale trade
- Information and cultural industries
- Management of companies & enterprises
- Real Estate & leasing
Size of Labour Force
Whitby spans both the Toronto and Oshawa Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs). Since Whitby's labour shed extends beyond Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), much of the labour force with the skills/experience relevant for government services is within range. In fact, approximately 55% of people who work in Whitby live outside of the Town. See the attached Toronto Region Geographic Report (PDF, 3,330 kB) from the Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA) to access demographics and labour shed information.
Whitby Draws Labour from a Large Area
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Business, management, and public administration are the largest areas of post-secondary education for Whitby residents, and this percentage is higher than Durham's and Ontario's. The second largest field of study is architecture, engineering and related technologies.
Employers have immediate access to world-class education institutions that ensure a supply of talent:
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College's have a number programs relevant for government services:
- Public Administration:
- Public Policy
- Municipal Administration
- Criminology and Justice
- Legal Studies
- Management Development
- Information Technology
- Computing Science
- Health Informatics
- Engineering (automotive, electrical, manufacturing, mechanical, software, nuclear, energy systems)
- Engineering technology
- Biological Science
- Health Sciences
- Forensic Science
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Addiction and Mental Health
Other Sources of Talent
Over 30 university and college campuses are within a one hour drive of Whitby, many of which offer professional and technical programs.
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Business costs are lower in Whitby than most communities in the GTA and U.S. centres, with lower real estate prices and lease rates being Whitby's biggest competitive advantage.
Land Prices and Lease Rates
Land prices and lease rates in Whitby are lower than communites in northern/western Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
See the table below summarizing land prices, lease rates and corporate income tax rates.
Approx. $100,000 - $325,000 per acre
|Office Lease Rate - GTA East||Approx. $13.00 per sq. ft. net|
Rates less than western/northern GTA areas
(Source: CBRE, Q2 2012)
Whitby has numerous wireless and wireline providers including Bell, Rogers and several satellite services providers.
The Eastern Ontario Regional Network partners of Bell Canada and Bell Aliant will be upgrading the equipment at 12 existing Points Of Presence (POP's) within Durham to facilitate the expansion to the 100 Gigabit capability, primarily along the 401 corridor from Pickering to Newcastle.
The project includes the installation of a new fibre backbone between Whitby to Bowmanville, which will allow for an OME Photonic Ring around the core urban area of Durham. This Photonic Ring provides a disaster recovery situation. If the fibre is cut in a single location within the Ring, reverse traffic ensures that the data still reaches its destination.
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- GO Transit, a commuter train linking Downtown Toronto with surrounding regions and with frequent service to Whitby
- The Oshawa Municipal Airport supports regional and charter flights within Canada and the U.S.
Canada Customs services are available
- Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport - less than a one-hour drive
- Toronto Island Airport services many Canadian and U.S. cities - less than a one-hour drive
- VIA Rail passenger train service connects to cities across Canada and to Amtrak in the U.S.
- Highway 407 is being extended through Whitby and will link to Highway 401 for greater convenience
Whitby and Durham Region offer a superior quality of life to attract and retain talent including:
- 30 minutes from home to the waterfront or from the office to the trails
(skiing, hiking, snowmobiling)
- Family-friendly with extensive sports facilities
- Less than one-hour to reach Downtown Toronto with numerous theatres and restaurants
- GO commuter trains arrive in Whitby approximately every 40 minutes during peak travel times from Toronto's Union Station
- Less than one-hour to reach airports with access to the U.S. and international destinations:
- Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport
- Toronto's Island Airport - convenient access from GO commuter service
- More affordable. Whitby had the lowest median home sale price when compared to GTA communities to the west and north. Savings of up to 50% when compared to Markham and Mississauga. Source: Toronto Real Estate Board Market Watch, May 2012
- Less traffic and congestion than in other parts of the Greater Toronto Area.