Top 10 Reasons

From a highly skilled workforce to our unparalleled lifestyle, find out why businesses choose Oakville.
Harbour with Toronto skyline in the background

1. Location

Oakville is only 30 minutes outside Toronto

  • Located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area
  • Only 30 minutes from downtown Toronto - Canada's economic powerhouse and the fourth largest city in North America

About Oakville

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2. Cost

Oakville offers competitive cost of doing business

  • Competitive rates for tenants in business parks
  • Tax rates and employment lands are competitively priced compared to other GTA communities
  • Ontario has the second lowest corporate tax rates among the G7 countries

Business Costs and Incentives

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3. Workforce

Access a highly skilled and professional workforce

  • 81 per cent of the population (ages 25 to 65) has a post-secondary education
  • One of the most educated communities in Canada and the world
  • Great depth of talent available locally - specialized professionals with skills and experience for knowledge-based industries
  • Labour pool of over 3.9 million in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area

Labour Force data

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4. Global access

Reach your customers in major US and world markets

  • Major U.S. cities are within a one-day drive including New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington DC
  • Pearson International Airport provides access to over 160 destinations around the world through more than 40 airlines 
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5. Lifestyle

One of the best places to live in Canada

  • Abundance of natural surroundings - waterfront parks, walking trails and bike paths
  • Safe community with excellent schools, community facilities and health services


GO Train

6. Transportation

Quick connections to regional, national and international markets

  • 25 minutes to Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest airport
  • 30 minutes to Union Station and downtown Toronto
  • 1 hour to the U.S. border
  • 2 major shipping ports within 40 kilometres
  • Intermodal rail access
  • Access to highways 403, 407 and QEW from within Oakville

Shipping and transportation information

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7. Land

Ample land and facilities to build, expand and invest

  • Business park space available now and in the future
  • High profile developments for offices and industrial facilities
  • Future Life Sciences and Technology District

Sites and Buildings

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8. Education

Top schools nearby

  • Sheridan College, one of the world's premier animation and design schools, providing applied arts and technical programs
  • 17 world-class universities and colleges within one hour
  • Home to many of the best private schools in Canada

Leaders in animation and design


9. Incentives

Programs to support your business

  • Government funding programs, loans and tax incentives
  • Selected exemptions on development charges
  • Local energy efficiency and environmental programs

Invest and Grow

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10. Key sectors

Oakville's industry clusters are growing

  • Key sectors include life sciences; professional services; digital media, ICT and film; and advanced manufacturing
  • Head offices in our key sectors located in Oakville
  • Home to many industry leaders including Ford Canada, PwC and Siemens

Key Sectors