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Community of Choice... for Business

Why Whitby for Government Services?

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

Whitby/Durham's diverse labour pool provides the skills needed for today's government services organizations. In 2013, 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
  • Utilities
  • 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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Whitby Labour Shed Map

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World-Class Education and Training

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:

  1. Public Administration:
    • Public Policy
    • Municipal Administration
    • Criminology and Justice
    • Legal Studies
  2. Education
  3. Management/Business
    • Management Development
    • Communications
    • Commerce
  4. Information Technology
    • Computing Science
    • Health Informatics
  5.  Engineering
    • Engineering (automotive, electrical, manufacturing, mechanical, software, nuclear, energy systems)
    • Engineering technology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
  6. Health/Medicine
    • Biological Science
    • Nursing
    • 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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Whitby Education Map

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Competitive Business Costs

Business costs are lower in Whitby than most communities in the GTA and US 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.

Industrial Land

Approx. $300,000 per acre
65% lower than western/northern GTA areas 
(Source: CBRE, Q1 2013)

Office Lease Rate - GTA EastApprox. $13.00 per sq. ft. net
Rates less than western/northern GTA areas 
(Source: CBRE, Q1 2013)
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Access to High-Speed Broadband

Whitby has numerous wireless and wireline providers including Bell, Rogers and several satellite services providers.

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) partners of Bell Canada and Bell Aliant have analyzed and upgraded the network (as needed) at the existing Points of Presence (PoP's) within Durham region to facilitate the EORN required broadband connectivity.

Whitby broadband node on the EORN has been provided with two diverse links.  This provides survivability, such that if one of the links experiences a failure, the traffic is still able to reach the destination.

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Convenient Transportation Links

Whitby is located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Key features of Whitby's transportation infrastructure are:

  • 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 US
    Canada Customs services are available
  • Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport and Toronto Island Airport - less than a one-hour drive 
  • Future Pickering Airport  - 14 km from Whitby
  • VIA Rail passenger train service connects to cities across Canada and to Amtrak in the US
  • Highway 407 is being extended through Whitby and will link to Highway 401 for greater convenience

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Superior Quality of Life to Attract and Retain Talent

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 US and international destinations:
    • Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport
    • Toronto's Island Airport - convenient access from GO commuter service
    • Future Pickering Airport - located in Durham Region
  • More affordable. Whitby had the lowest median home sale price when compared to GTA communities to the west and north. Savings of up to 45% when compared to Markham and Mississauga. Source: Toronto Real Estate Board Market Watch, March 2013
  • Less traffic and congestion than in other parts of the Greater Toronto Area.

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Real Estate Opportunities

Whitby has a variety of office real estate opportunities in our business parks and downtown core areas that are suitable for government services organizations.

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