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Find out about the development process in Halton and our business parks.

The Invest Halton team understands the issues, challenges and resources required to identify the right location for your business. Whether you are relocating your business or expanding the operations on your current site, the Invest Halton team is here to help you select and develop the best sites for your company.

Business parks

Halton Region has:

  • 14 business parks with designated employment areas
  • 4 other locations planned for future development
  • 2 existing parks slated to undergo significant expansions

Halton Region's business parks are close to Ontario's major highways, while also offering employees nearby amenities and providing access to a large talent pool within Halton Region and the broader Toronto Region. Halton Region also has 3 urban growth centres (UGCs) in the downtown or midtown areas of Burlington, Milton and Oakville.

For active listings available within our business parks, please visit the local Halton Region municipal sites:

Burlington QEW East

Profile

The serviced and largely developed Burlington QEW East is home to some of Halton’s largest employers and comprised of a variety of land uses, employment and building types. Situated along the QEW, the business park offers direct access and exposure to major highways and GO train/bus transit service, on-site amenities and proximity to complimentary services.

Size

  • Total: 2,496 net acres
  • Developed Area: 2,071 net acres (83%)
  • Vacant: 425 net acres

Serviced

  • Serviced: 425 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 1,829

No. of Jobs

  • 36,250

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 28%
  • Wholesale trade: 12%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 12%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 6%
  • Finance and insurance: 5%
  • Other: Other: 37%

Major Employers

  • Sofina Foods
  • Evertz Microsystems
  • Innomar Strategies Inc.
  • Voortman Cookies
  • Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

Land Uses

  • Prestige Industrial
  • General Industrial
  • Major Office

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway 407
  • Highway QEW
  • GO Train
  • Burlington Transit

Burlington QEW West

Profile

Size

  • Total: 613 net acres
  • Developed Area: 494 net acres (81%)
  • Vacant: 119 net acres (19%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 119 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 115

No. of Jobs

  • 3,270

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 22%
  • Informational and cultural industries: 19%
  • Finance and insurance: 13%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 10%
  • Construction: 8%
  • Other: 28%

Major Employers

  • L-3 Communications Wescam
  • The CUMIS Group Ltd.
  • The Ippolito Group
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Alberici Constructors

Land Uses

  • Prestige Industrial
  • General Industrial
  • Major Office

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway 407
  • Highway QEW
  • GO Train
  • GO Bus
  • Train
  • Burlington Transit

Burlington North

Profile

Burlington North is an emerging business well suited to accommodate office and “knowledge-based” sectors and offers opportunities to capitalize on office development potential in Burlington. Located immediately south of Highway 407 and Appleby Line, the area is serviced and ready for businesses to take advantage of its prestige location.

Size

  • Total: 316 net acres
  • Developed Area: 183 net acres (58%)
  • Vacant: 133 net acres (42%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 133 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 11

No. of Jobs

  • 530

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 70%
  • Construction: 18%
  • Educational services: 8%
  • Retail trade: 3%
  • Other: 1%

Major Employers

  • Meridian Brick
  • Neelands Refrigeration Limited
  • Landmark Structures
  • Aecon Utilities

Land Uses

  • Flex and major office

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 407
  • Burlington Transit

Burloak

Profile

The Burloak business park is comprised of 148 acres of prestige office and industrial land, conveniently located just south of the full Burloak Drive/QEW Highway interchange. The park features the Great Lakes Business Park, which is the largest master-planned development on the QEW Highway corridor. Located on the western edge of Oakville, the area is complimented with a full suite of retail service amenities such as restaurants, shopping, recreation, and hotels.

Size

  • Total: 600 net acres
  • Developed Area: 435 net acres (73%)
  • Vacant: 165 net acres (27%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 165 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 73

No. of Jobs

  • 2,110

Employment by Sector

  • Retail trade: 34%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 23%
  • Accommodation and food services: 14%
  • Administrative and support: 9%
  • Manufacturing: 6%
  • Other: 14%

Major Employers

  • Canadian Tire Financial Services
  • RioCan Centre Burloak
  • Javelin Technologies
  • Caterpillar Financial Services

Land Uses

  • Prestige Office
  • Light Industrial
  • Retail/Commercial

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway QEW
  • Train
  • Oakville Transit

Oakville QEW East

Profile

Oakville QEW East business park is home the Ford Motor Company of Canada as well as a number of major office and multi-tenant industrial condominiums, and is highly prestige in character. Situated along the north and south sides of the QEW Highway in the eastern side of Oakville, the area features a variety of commercial, food, retail and accommodations.

Size

  • Total: 909 net acres
  • Developed Area: 850 net acres (94%)
  • Vacant: 59 net acres (6%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 59 net acres
  • Unserviced: 59 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 528

No. of Jobs

  • 12,020

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 41%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 11%
  • Management of companies and enterprises: 9%
  • Finance and insurance: 8%
  • Wholesale trade: 5%
  • Other: 26%

Major Employers

  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • First Canadian Title
  • ACI Brands Inc.
  • Mancor Industries Inc.
  • Media Resources Inc.

Land Uses

  • Industrial
  • Prestige Office
  • Commercial

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway QEW
  • Oakville Transit

Oakville QEW West

Profile

Oakville QEW West is one of Halton’s largest business parks. It abuts both the north and south side of the QEW Highway, and is diverse in its character and composition of land uses. The area on the north side of the QEW Highway, has a prestige character and is comprised of major office and multi-tenant industrial condominiums. The eastern portion exhibits a general industrial character and is home to construction, small scale manufacturing, transportation and wholesale trade businesses. The western portion has a more prestige character, and has a large presence of manufacturing and multi-tenant industrial/commercial uses.

Size

  • Total: 1,270 net acres
  • Developed Area: 1,213 net acres (96%)
  • Vacant: 57 net acres (4%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 57 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 1,347

No. of Jobs

  • 20,050

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 19%
  • Health care and social assistance: 10%
  • Retail trade: 9%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 8%
  • Wholesale trade: 8%
  • Other: 46%

Major Employers

  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Acclaim Health Services
  • The TDL Group (Tim Horton Inc.)
  • Manulife Securities
  • Travelers Canada

Land Uses

  • Industrial (Heavy to Light)
  • Office
  • Commercial/Retail

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway QEW
  • GO Train
  • GO Bus
  • Train
  • Oakville Transit

Winston Park

Profile

The Winston Park is a highly prestige business park located on the eastern side of Oakville. The park has a wide range of uses, including major office, with a significant cluster of engineering firms, warehousing, logistics and distribution, and manufacturing in a “campus-style” setting. The area features proximity to on-site amenities and off-site services in proximity to employment area. The Park is virtually built out, but there may be opportunities for infill and redevelopment.

Size

  • Total: 470 net acres
  • Developed Area: 455 net acres (97%)
  • Vacant: 15 net acres (3%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 15 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 407

No. of Jobs

  • 13,540

Employment by Sector

  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 20%
  • Manufacturing: 16%
  • Wholesale trade: 11%
  • Construction: 9%
  • Retail trade: 8%
  • Other: 36%

Major Employers

  • AMEC
  • The Weather Network
  • HATCH
  • SNC Lavalin Nuclear Inc.
  • Benlan Inc.
  • Genworth Financial OR Amec Foster Wheeler

Land Uses

  • Office
  • Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial/Retail

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway QEW
  • Oakville Transit

Winston Park West

Profile

Winston Park West, located west of Highway 403, is serviced and largely undeveloped making it a great opportunity for businesses looking to grow. The park is slated to be developed as a prestige employment area with short- to medium-term opportunities to capitalize on the strong demand in East Oakville for office development.

The area has excellent road access and exposure via the major arterial road system, with easy access to and from the highway 403/QEW corridor.

Size

  • Total: 161 net acres
  • Developed Area: 17 net acres (11%)
  • Vacant: 143 net acres (89%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 143 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 25

No. of Jobs

  • 330

Employment by Sector

  • Transportation and warehousing: 25%
  • Retail trade: 15%
  • Finance and insurance: 13%
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 12%
  • Educational services: 12%
  • Other: 23%

Major Employers

  • Siemens Canada Ltd
  • UPS Supply Chain Solutions
  • Canadian Title Loan Corporation
  • Skura Corporation

Major Land Owner

  • Infrastructure Ontario

Land Uses

  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Commercial

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway QEW
  • Oakville Transit

Milton 401 Business Park

Profile

The Milton 401 Business Park, located along Highway 401, is one of the largest Employment Areas in Halton. The business park has a strong base in distribution/logistics, manufacturing and transportation and varies between general industrial and moderately prestige in character.

Size

  • Total: 2,026 net acres
  • Developed Area: 1700 net acres (84%)
  • Vacant: 326 net acres (16%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 326 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 553

No. of Jobs

  • 14,865

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 21%
  • Wholesale trade: 19%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 14%
  • Retail trade: 11%
  • Public administration: 9%
  • Accommodation and food services: 8%
  • Other: 18%

Major Employers

  • Gordon Food Service
  • Karmax Heavy Stamping
  • Sobeys’ Retail Support Centre (RSC)
  • Johnson Controls
  • Chudleigh’s Ltd.

Land Uses

  • General Industrial
  • Moderately Prestige

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 401
  • Train
  • Milton Transit

Derry Green

Profile

The Derry Green Business Park, located in the Town of Milton, will accommodate the majority of the Town’s employment growth to the year 2021. It is anticipated that the lands available for development will have predominately prestige industrial and office uses and will accommodate approximately 17,000 – 18,000 employees. The park, situated on the south side of HWY 401 and west of HWY 407, offers exceptional transportation access, dedicated industrial rail access, and ancillary retail amenities. Servicing of Derry Green is currently underway to bring water and wastewater services, and is planned to be completed by early 2018.

Size

  • Total: 966 net acres
  • Developed Area: 0 net acres (0%)
  • Vacant: 966 net acres (100%)

Serviced

  • Undeway

No. of Businesses

  • None

No. of Jobs

  • None

Major Landowners

  • Menkes Developments Ltd.
  • Orlando Corporation

Land Uses

  • Prestige Employment
  • General Employment
  • Industrial
  • Office
  • Ancillary retail

Halton Hills Premier Gateway

Profile

The Halton Hills Premier Gateway is situated on the southern edge of Halton Hills along the north side of Highway 401. The business park is an emerging employment area, with many investment and development opportunities available, including large buildings and vacant parcels of varying sizes.

Size

  • Total: 1,317 net acres
  • Developed Area: 227 net acres (17%)
  • Vacant: 1,090 net acres (83%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 418 net acres
  • Unserviced: 672 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 153

No. of Jobs

  • 2,857

Employment by Sector

  • Retail trade: 62%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 14%
  • Manufacturing: 10%
  • Wholesale trade: 5%
  • Accommodation and food services: 3%
  • Other: 6%

Major Employers

  • Toronto Premium Outlets
  • Werner Enterprises
  • Wolseley Canada Distribution Centre
  • Hayward Gordon Ltd.

Land Uses

  • Industrial
  • Office
  • Warehousing
  • Accommodations
  • Food

Expansion Plans

  • Expansion Size: 687 net acres
  • Area Serviced: 0 net acres (0%)
  • Estimate of Servicing Timing: Post-2021

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 401
  • Highway 407

Acton Industrial Area

Profile

The Acton Industrial Area is located in the urban settlement of Acton, on the north side of Highway 7. This area is a concentration of small to mid-sized manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and construction sectors.

Size

  • Total: 242 net acres
  • Developed Area: 106 net acres (44%)
  • Vacant: 136 net acres (56%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 136 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 34

No. of Jobs

  • 775

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 47%
  • Construction: 26%
  • Wholesale trade: 18%
  • Retail trade: 4%
  • Management of companies and enterprises: 2%
  • Other: 3%

Major Employers

  • AZZ Galvcast
  • Geo-Foundations Contractors Inc.
  • Purity Life Health Products
  • KP Building Products

Land Uses

  • General and Heavy Industrial

Georgetown Industrial Area

Profile

The Georgetown Industrial Area is located in the Georgetown Urban Area, on the north side of Highway 7. The area is well-established with a general industrial character offering opportunities for infill or redevelopment.

Size

  • Total: 299 net acres
  • Developed Area: 292 net acres
  • Vacant: 7 net acres (2%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 7 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 163

No. of Jobs

  • 4,920

Employment by Sector

  • Manufacturing: 46%
  • Information and cultural industries: 11%
  • Management of companies and enterprises: 11%
  • Wholesale trade: 10%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 8%
  • Other: 14%

Major Employers

  • Mold Masters Ltd.
  • CPI Communications & Power Industries
  • BFG Canada Ltd.
  • Saputo/Neilson Dairy
  • Cooper Standard Automotive

Land Uses

  • General and Heavy Industrial

Access to Transportation

  • Train

Mansewood

Profile

Mansewood is a privately serviced rural industrial subdivision located on Regional Road 25 immediately north of Milton and adjacent to the Milton 401 business park. Major uses include transportation, construction and manufacturing.

Size

  • Total: 77 net acres
  • Developed Area: 54 net acres (71%)
  • Vacant: 22 net acres (29%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 22 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 7

No. of Jobs

  • 550

Employment by Sector

  • Construction: 76%
  • Transportation and warehousing: 12%
  • Real estate and rental and leasing: 8%
  • Mining: 4%

Major Employers

  • Meridion Group
  • GO Halton Hills Bus Service
  • Modern Crane
  • AECON

Land Uses

  • General Industrial, Warehousing and Logistics

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 401

Downtown Burlington UGC

Profile

The Downtown Burlington Urban Growth Centre (UGC), has been identified by the Province of Ontario as an “Urban Growth Centre”, which defines the area as a transit-connected regional focal point to accommodate a significant proportion of the region’s future intensification. Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the Growth Centre is comprised of a mix of commercial office, retail and institutional uses.

Size

  • Total: 309 net acres
  • Developed Area: 309 net acres
  • Vacant: 0 net acres

Serviced

  • Serviced: 0 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 470

No. of Jobs

  • 5,209

Employment by Sector

  • Public administration: 24%
  • Accommodation and food services: 19%
  • Health care and social assistance: 13%
  • Retail trade: 8%
  • Finance and insurance: 6%
  • Other: 30%

Major Employers

  • Burlington City Hall
  • Community Care Access Centre
  • Reach out Center for Kids
  • Wellington Park Care Centre
  • Investors Group

Land Uses

  • Commercial Office
  • Retail
  • Institutional

Access to Transportation

  • Highway QEW
  • Burlington Transit

Midtown Core Oakville UGC

Profile

The Midtown Core Urban Growth Centre (UGC) provides exceptional opportunities for redevelopment and intensification of largely underutilized properties, to become a vibrant, mixed-use centre with employment, residential and commercial uses. The Province of Ontario has identified Oakville’s Midtown Core as an “Urban Growth Centre”, which defines the area as a transit-connected regional focal point to accommodate a significant proportion of the region’s future intensification.

The area has a large concentration of retail and accommodation/food services, with two-thirds of employment within the area. Its industrial lands are located primarily on the south side of the QEW Highway east of Trafalgar Road, and consist of mature general industrial uses.

Size

  • Total: 54 net acres
  • Developed Area: 54 net acres (100%)
  • Vacant: 0 net acres (0%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 0 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 176

No. of Jobs

  • 2,500

Employment by Sector

  • Retail trade: 37%
  • Accommodation and food services: 15%
  • Manufacturing: 11%
  • Educational services: 7%
  • Other: 30%

Major Employers

  • PwC
  • Wellspring Pharmaceutical Canada
  • Sheridan College Skills Training Centre
  • Atlas Van Lines
  • Hatch

Land Uses

  • Commercial
  • Light Industrial
  • Office
  • Institutional

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 403
  • Highway QEW
  • GO Train
  • GO Bus
  • Train
  • Oakville Transit

Downtown Milton UGC

Profile

The Milton Urban Growth Centre (UGC) is located in downtown Milton, along Main Street and Ontario Street and is comprised largely of retail, commercial and institutional uses. The Province of Ontario has identified this area as a transit-connected regional focal point to accommodate a significant proportion of the region’s future intensification.

Size

  • Total: 375 net acres
  • Developed Area: 338 net acres (90%)
  • Vacant: 37 net acres (10%)

Serviced

  • Serviced: 37 net acres
  • Unserviced: 0 net acres

No. of Businesses

  • 614

No. of Jobs

  • 4,721

Employment by Sector

  • Retail trade: 20%
  • Accommodation and food services: 14%
  • Health care and social assistance: 9%
  • Public administration: 6%
  • Other: 51%

Major Employers

  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • Milton Town Hall
  • Sargent Farms Ltd.
  • iPro Realty Ltd.
  • Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty Corp

Land Uses

  • Retail
  • Commercial
  • Institutional

Access to Transportation

  • Highway 401
  • GO Train
  • GO Bus
  • Milton Transit

Planned Business Parks

Profile

Four additional business parks are planned in Halton Region. Two business parks are located in Oakville along the highway 407 corridor, and an additional two are planned in Milton. Together, these four business parks account for a total of 2,335 net acres in newly planned employment areas. This is in additional to 922 acres of expanded employment areas in the Halton Hills Premier Gateway and Milton 401 business park, adding over 3,250 net acres combined.

Business Park Total Size
(net acres)
% Vacant Vacant (net acres) Estimate of Servicing Time
Serviced Un-serviced
Milton Education Village/CN Lands 549 100% 0 549 Post-2021
Trafalgar/Derry Lands 581 100% 0 581 Post-2021
North Oakville East 665 100% 0 665 Post-2021
North Oakville West 541 100% 151 390 Post-2021

Download a listing of Halton Region Business Parks (PDF file) to obtain detailed information about developed and planned business parks in Halton Region.

Developing in Halton Region

Invest Halton is your information source as you navigate the industrial and commercial development approvals process. Halton Region and its local municipal governments work together to accommodate tight planning approvals and construction timelines.

Regional Official Plan

The Regional Official Plan is Halton Region's guide for land use planning, helping both the Regional Council and staff to make decisions on growth and development.

Zoning by-laws

Zoning by-laws are in place for each of Halton Region's four local municipalities to regulate the development and uses of land, such as business parks, as well as the location and use of buildings and structures. Follow these links for local zoning by-law regulations:

Development charges

Development charges (DCs) help municipalities to finance the capital costs of providing important services such as roads, water and wastewater services, fire and transit, and other general services. Visit Development Charges to learn more.

Development application process

Pre-application consultation

Pre-application consultation

We encourage applicants to meet with approval agencies to discuss project details, prior to submitting a formal development application. Pre-application meetings can help:

  • Minimize processing delays
  • Identify associated costs and fees
  • Gain the support of the agencies

Submitting applications

Submitting development applications

When a property owner submits an application for development approval, in many cases, the planning departments for the local municipality are delegated as the primary approval authorities. In other cases of development applications – such as those requiring an amendment to the local zoning by-law and/or the local official plan application – Halton Region is the approval authority. This includes:

  • Regional Official Plan Amendments
  • Local Official Plan Amendments, when requested
  • Unresolved issues, as identified by a commenting agency

Permits and licenses

Permit applications and business licenses

  • Starting a business in Halton Region or making major changes to an existing business? To find out what business permits or licenses you'll need, visit Ontario's ONe-Source (external link) to access the BizPaL online tool.

Investment Response Team

Halton Region's Economic Development Division is your information source as you navigate the industrial and commercial development approvals process. Halton Region and its local municipal governments work together to accommodate tight planning approvals and construction timelines.

Halton Region Economic Development has established an Investment Response Team that includes senior officials who represent Economic Development, Planning, Public Works, Finance and the Chief Administrative Officer.

The team reviews cases and provides timely responses to issues related to major non-residential investment inquiries and development applications. Contact Halton Region Economic Development to see how we can assist you.

Contact Invest Halton

Halton Region’s Economic Development team offers a one-stop shop for businesses of all sizes and stages of growth, providing:

  • Investment assistance
  • Site visits and tours
  • Expansion and relocation assistance
  • Online data centre
  • Business networks
  • Export development
  • Small Business Enterprise Centre
  • Workforce development

We will work with you on your investment needs and location preferences. We provide the support services and essential information you need to move forward.

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