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Community of Choice... for Business

Why Whitby for Health & Medicine?

Companies and other organizations specializing in health and medicine choose to locate and expand in Whitby. Select one of the links below to learn why Whitby is their Community of Choice:


Convenient Transportation Links

Whitby is located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with prime access to Canada's largest market of over 6 million people and more than 120 million people within a day's drive.

Whitby has an established transportation infrastructure that helps move people and goods throughout the region and beyond:

  • Located on Ontario's Highway 401, the major east-west connection links Ontario's networks of highways, railway and air services, which are fully integrated with the US. View our location map.
  • Good access to five Canada/US highway border crossings
  • Less than one hour from Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto Island Airport, Oshawa Municipal Airport and future Pickering Airport which support corporate air travel and federal customs services.

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Skilled Labour Force

Whitby and Durham Region's diverse labour pool provides the skills needed for companies and other organizations specializing in health and medicine.. The skilled workforce has core competencies in:

  • Medicine
  • Community health
  • Rehabilitation, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • Medical laboratory science
  • Clinical research
  • Health informatics
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing

You can read the Toronto Region Geographic Report (PDF, 3,330 kB) from the Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA) to access demographics and see the extensive area or labour shed from which Whitby companies/ organizations are able to draw employees.

Whitby Draws Labour from a Large Area

Click on the image below to open and/or print the map.

Map of Whitby's Labour Shed

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World-Class Education and Training

Employers have access to graduates from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College, as well as to specialized research, innovation and training available through these institutions.

  1. Durham College offers more than 100 market driven programs. Key programs in the area of Health & Medicine include:
    • Critical Care Nursing
    • Practical Nursing
    • Care for the Disabled
    • Addictions and Mental Health
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Fitness and Health Promotion
    • Social Services
    • Child Studies
  2. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is a market-oriented, educational institution. Strategic areas of focus in Health & Medicine include:
    • The first Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science in Ontario
    • Nursing
    • Health Sciences including:
      • Health Information Management
      • Kinesiology
    • Allied Health Sciences including:
      • Dental Hygiene
      • Paramedic
      • Pharmacist Technician
      • Occupation Therapist
      • Respiratory Therapist
      • Optician.
    • Masters in Health Science includes research opportunities in:
      • Community health
      • Health informatics
      • Kinesiology

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Unique Facilities for Research and Commercialization

Health Informatics Research Group - UOIT has assembled an interdisciplinary team of world-class researchers to improve patient care and reduce health-care costs, including a key project that aims to revolutionize critical care through information technology. Areas of research include:

  • Cloud computing
  • Impact of technology
  • Knowledge discovery in health and medicine
  • Mobility in health and medicine
  • Real-time decision aids
  • Security and reliability of medical data systems
  • Serious gaming and simulations. For example, the development of a serious game for knee replacement (arthroplasty) surgery, in collaboration with Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, for training community health nurses, critical care providers, and orthopaedic surgeons

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Competitive Business Costs

Business costs are lower than most US centres and key competitors. The biggest cost savings include:

  • Skilled Labour Costs
  • Land Prices and Lease Rates
  • Tax Rates

1. Skilled Labour Costs

In KPMG's 2012 survey, The Competitive Alternatives, Canada was ranked the second most cost-effective location among nine established industrial contries studied.  Of the G7 countries, Canada had the lowest total labour costs:

  • Total costs peremployee are lowest in the United Kingdom, Canada and Italy.  This reflects in part the weakness of the euro and the British pound.  
  • 9% advantage over the US

2. Land Prices and Lease Rates

Whitby's industrial land costs and lease rates are lower than western/northern areas of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Industrial LandApprox. $300,000/per acre
65% lower than western/northern GTA areas
(Source: CBRE, Q1 2013)
Industrial Lease RatesApprox. $4.75 lease cost/per sq. ft. net
(Source: CBRE, Q1 2013)

3. Tax Rates

Corporate income tax rates (provincial and federal combined) are lower than any US state, Japan or France. Both the federal and Ontario governments have taken steps to reduce corporate income taxes.  Capital taxes were eliminated on July 1, 2010.

 Corporate Income Tax Rate
Federal 15%
Combined 25%

Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance and Canada Revenue Agency

The 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), introduced in Ontario on July 1, 2010, replaces the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Provincial Sales Tax (PST). The HST provides tax credits for sales tax paid on many inputs and capital investments, reduces tax compliance costs and taxes that would otherwise have been included in supplier prices.

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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 theatres, restaurants
    • GO commuter trains arrive in Whitby approximately every half hour during peak travel times, from Downtown Toronto Union Station
  • Less than one hour to reach airports with access to the US and international destinations:
    • Toronto's Pearson International Airport
    • Toronto's Island Airport - convenient access from GO commuter service
    • Future Pickering Airport - 14 kms from Whitby.
  • More affordable. Whitby had the lowest median home sale price when compared to GTA communities to the west and north. On average, detached housing prices in Whitby are 35%-45% lower when compared to neighbouring communities to the north and west. 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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