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Community of Choice... for Business

Why Whitby for Professional & Technical Services?

Professional, technical and consulting services companies 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 professional and technical consulting services. 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 is in Durham Region, which 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 professional, technical and consulting labour force is within range. In fact, 62.2% of people who work in Whitby live outside of the Town.  See the 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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Map of Whitby's Labour Shed

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World-Class Education and Training

Business, management, and public administration are the largest field of post-secondary education for Whitby residents; and this percentage is higher than Ontario's. The second largest field of study is architecture, engineering and related technologies.

Professional and technical services companies in Whitby have access to graduates from two world-class educational institutions specializing in engineering, applied sciences and skilled trades. Specialized research, innovation and training are available through these institutions, which have market-oriented mandates and offer a number of unique programs.

  1. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is a market-oriented, educational institution with programs that include:
    • Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Education
    • Management Development
    • Bachelor of Engineering (automotive, electrical, manufacturing, mechanical, software, nuclear, energy systems)
    • Applied & Industrial Mathematics
    • Biological Science
    • Chemistry
    • Computing Science
    • Forensic Science
    • Physics
    • Masters programs in a number of disciplines
  2. Durham College's Whitby Campus offers more than 100 market driven programs including:
    • Business
    • Information Technology
    • Management
    • Science
    • Engineering Technology.

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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Map showing the distance from Whitby to Major Universities and Colleges

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Unique Facilities for Research and Commercialization

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College have a number of facilities and professional staff which can provide support for research including:

  1. The Integrated Manufacturing Centre (IMC) - a fully automated, industrial-grade, flexible manufacturing facility capable of fabricating and assembling a wide range of products from raw materials, with limited human intervention.
  2. The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is an advanced testing centre for research and testing a range of products for manufacturers of all descriptions. This state-of-the-art facility includes one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels in the world and offers a full range of climatic, durability and lifecycle testing. The ACE is also large enough to accommodate:
    • Trucks
    • Tandem drive systems
    • Full coach buses
    • Light rail transit
    • Aerospace components
    • Military and agricultural applications
    • Alternative energy systems such as turbines and solar panels
    • Alternative fuel, hybrid and electric vehicles.
  3. The Energy Research Centre (ERC) - home to the first lab-scale demonstration of a copper-chlorine cycle for thermo-chemical water splitting and nuclear hydrogen production and has a mission to develop clean energy technologies, and move them from laboratory to commercial and industrial application. As a direct result of research led by UOIT, many other countries have started copper-chlorine cycle programs for hydrogen production including France, Romania, England, India and China.
  4. High Performance Computing - UOIT belongs to the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET), a multi-institutional consortium of Southern Ontario universities. SHARCNET accelerates the production of research results in the engineering, science, business and social sciences. SHARCNET enables hundreds of computers to link together to form a supercomputer, and represents a significant research tool for SHARCNET's members.
  5. Marketing Research Group - members of UOIT's Faculty of Business and Information Technology in Marketing are well-known for research including international marketing, high-tech marketing, e-marketing, and consumer behavior research. Some of the focus areas of the group include:
    • Issues in e-commerce and marketing on the Internet
    • Marketing and branding of high-technology products
    • Marketing in the global environment.

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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
  • Land prices and lease rates
  • Taxes

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 countries studied. Of the G7 countries, Canada had the lowest total labour costs:

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

2. Land Prices and Lease Rates

Land prices and lease rates are lower than in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). See the tables below summarizing land prices, lease rates and corporate income tax rates.

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

3. Corporate Income Tax Rates (2013)

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.

 Jan 1, 2013Jul 1, 2013
Federal 15% 15%
Combined 26%25%

Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance and Canada Revenue Agency

Capital taxes were eliminated on July 1, 2010.

4. Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

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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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, frequent service to Whitby
  • Less than a one-hour drive from Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport
  • Less than a one-hour drive from the Toronto Island Airport with service to many Canadian and US cities 
  • The Oshawa Municipal Airport supports regional and charter flights within Canada and to the US Canada Customs services are available.
  • Future Pickering Airport - 14 kms from Whitby
  • VIA Rail passenger train service connects to cities across Canada and to Amtrak in the US

Links to Canadian, US and international markets

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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 40 minutes 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.
  • 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.
  • Much less traffic and congestion than other communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Real Estate Opportunities

Whitby has a number of available properties in our  industrial and business parks that are suitable for professional, technical and consulting services companies.

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