Life Sciences

Oakville: In the heart of Canada's life sciences corridor

From pharmaceuticals to biotechnologies, Oakville is now one of the top Canadian locations for companies and institutions that focus on human health. Home to one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario, and surrounded by some of the country's leading research hospitals, universities and innovation centres, our community is a healthy investment for your life sciences business.

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Major Employers in the Life Sciences

Distinguished members of the life sciences sector — all engaged in ground-breaking innovation, research and development, medical technology and healthcare — are well-established in Oakville. They include medical device manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, medical diagnostic imaging and simulation.

New Hospital: a catalyst for health sciences and research

New Hospital: a catalyst for health sciences and research

New Hospital: a catalyst for health sciences and research

Opened in December 2015, the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital is a 1.6 million square foot state-of-the-art facility that serves residents in Oakville and Halton Region. The hospital, with its cancer care clinic and a teaching partnership with McMaster University, acts as a catalyst for the development of a new life sciences and technology district immediately adjacent to the new hospital. 

Life Sciences Companies

Number of establishments with one or more employees in Life Sciences industries
Industry NAICS Code and Description # of establishments
3254 - Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 2
3391 - Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 10
4145 - Pharmaceuticals, toiletries, cosmetics and sundries merchant wholesalers 21
4461 - Health and personal care stores 161
5417 - Scientific research and development services 21
6214 - Out-patient care centres 14
6215 - Medical and diagnostic laboratories 16
6216 - Home health care services 12
6219 - Other ambulatory health care services 9
6221 - General medical and surgical hospitals 2
6222 - Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 1
6223 - Specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals 0
6231 - Nursing care facilities 11
6232 - Residential developmental handicap, mental health and substance abuse facilities 21
6233 - Community care facilities for the elderly 14
6239 - Other residential care facilities 7
Total 322

Source: Statistics Canada - Canadian Business Patterns, June 2019

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Innovative institutions conduct research within corridor

Oakville is at the centre of a life sciences corridor stretching 80 kilometres, from Hamilton to Toronto. Innovative facilities within this corridor include prestigious academic and research institutions such as McMaster University, University of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District and many of Canada's foremost research and teaching hospitals.

Oakville is within an hour of nine accredited universities as well as seven technology and applied arts colleges - many of which offer advanced courses and degrees in the health sciences field.

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