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Economy and Travel in Ontario Province

Updated on May 1, 2020
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Burlington on the western Lake Ontario coast
Burlington on the western Lake Ontario coast

An Economic Growth Corridor

After Ontario became a separate province in 1867, Burlington was founded in 1874, a few years after the end of the American Civil War.

Sitting on the western shores of Lake Ontario, between Hamilton and Toronto, the city is included in the Hamilton Census Metro Area. It is a suburb just to the west of the Greater Toronto Area and while the City of Toronto is not increasing in size by population (less than 1% yearly), Burlington is growing more quickly.

Burlington ON:
Burlington, ON, Canada

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Burlington continues to grow, with nearly 165,000 by 2006 and 175,779 in the Canada 2011 Census. It continues to expand its area downtown on the waterfront and reaches out more towards Toronto as it builds new residential and commercial complexes. The downtown waterfront has become one of the largest new developments, boosting the local economy with increasing tourism revenues.

Migration and the Golden Horseshow from above Toronto to Niagra Falls area. 2006/2008, Statistics Canada.
Migration and the Golden Horseshow from above Toronto to Niagra Falls area. 2006/2008, Statistics Canada.

Economic Growth to 2025

Burlington is within about an hour's transit of both Toronto and Niagara Falls, making the Toronto - Burlington - Niagara Falls/Buffalo triangle the center of action as well as increasing jobs and tourist influx up to and including the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games (see below).

Transportation access is key to maintaining ongoing growth and Burlington succeeds in this with the Burlington Transit bus system, Canadian National Railway, and Canadian Pacific Railroad. The city keeps its metropolitan flavor with its programs involving its sister cities of a Tokyo ward - Itabashi - Myrltle Beach, South Carolina; and Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Burlington is also in the middle of Canada's largest consumer/industrial market area, the "Golden Horseshoe" around the western end of Lake Ontario. Its economy grows because it is diversified into interests that include tourism, food processing, packaging, electronics, motor vehicles, transportation systems, business services, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and environmental businesses.

According to Statistics Canada website pages, the Golden Horseshoe includes the Cities of Oshawa, Toronto, Hamilton; St. Catharines-Niagara; Kitchener, Guelph, Barrie, and Peterborough. The economic region produced 59% of Ontario's and 22% of Canada's populations in 2001, while both growing into the 2010s.

Great Lakes and Ontario Region

Lake Ontario of the Great Lakes System and Economies
Lake Ontario of the Great Lakes System and Economies

Downtown Burlngton - Streets Full of Art

Street Arts

Not only does this city encourage buskers to perform in the streets, but it provides five Busker Stops at which performers are free to ply their trade from 10 AM to 9PM mid-June to mid-October each year. Stops are furnished with Stop Signs and scheduled performers change hourly. It's and Arts Fair every day!

Waterfront at Downtown Burlington

Beginning in 2002, Burlington implemented a plan revitalize Downtown waterfront, including infrastructure improvements to Lakeshore Road and construction of a Waterfront Centre; a water playground; retail shops, and a Brant Street Pier. Waterfront at Downtown Burlington now attracts 300,000 visitors a year as of 2009. Brant Street Pier at the foot of Historic Brant Street continues under development as a top attraction on Lake Ontario. The city has implemented expansion of the Burlington Art Centre Addition and the rest of Discovery Landing at the waterfront, including the observatory, a restaurant, water-jets, a skating/model boat pond.

Pan American and Parapan Games

Toronto and Burlington hosted major venues during the 2015 Toronto Pan and Parapan (physically challenged) American Games, which were well attended.

Some folks call the Pan American games the "Olympics between the Olympics." These are similar in structure to the Olympic and Paralympic games in that they are held every four years. However, they include only Western Hemisphere nations and specifically, teams from countries in North, South, And Central America.

Over 40 different countries play 26 sports on the Olympic-sports program of the Games, with 10 additional sports subject to approval by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). Further, the Parapan American Games include 11 exciting sports.

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Royal Botanical Gardens. 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON Canada.Spencer Smith Park is the hub of Burlington, Ontario. it is the site of many improvements and enhancements for the Downtown Burlington on the Waterfront development from 2010 - 2015 and beyond.
Royal Botanical Gardens. 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON Canada.
Royal Botanical Gardens. 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON Canada. | Source
Spencer Smith Park is the hub of Burlington, Ontario. it is the site of many improvements and enhancements for the Downtown Burlington on the Waterfront development from 2010 - 2015 and beyond.
Spencer Smith Park is the hub of Burlington, Ontario. it is the site of many improvements and enhancements for the Downtown Burlington on the Waterfront development from 2010 - 2015 and beyond.

Burlington Area Sports

  • Baseball Ontario
  • Burlington Barracudas: Women and Girls Hockey
  • Burlington Chiefs Lacrosse at This is an important sport, invented by the Iroquois Confederacy that lives on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario Province.
  • Burlington Eagles Hockey:
  • Burlington Minor Football
  • Burlington Minor Hockey Association:
  • Burlington Runners Club:
  • Burlington Skating Centre:
  • Burloak Canoe Club
  • Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Association:
  • Hidden Lake Golf Club
  • Ringette Association of Burlington at
  • Rock Chapel Golf Centre

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Directory of Major Sports Associations

Burlington's Most Popular Attractions

  • Burlington Downtown District: 414 Locust Street, Suite 202; Burlington, Ontario, Canada; L7S 1T7 Sign up for a newsletter before you visit.

  • BSBC and LPMA: Burlington Sailing and Boating Club. LaSalle Marina is located in a relaxing park in Aldershot, Burlington.
  • Canada's Largest Ribfest: Spencer Smith Park at 1400 Lakeshore Road in Burlington. This Canada's Largest Ribfest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore and providing ribs and more during Labour Day Weekend.

  • Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment: proceeds east and west from New York State through Ontario Province, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
  • Bronte Creek Provincial Park: 1219 Burloak Drive; Oakville, ON L6M 4J7
  • Halton County Radial Railway, Streetcar and Electrical Railway Museum: 13629 Guelph Line; Milton, Ontario

  • Local Aboriginal Installations

Canadian Aboriginal Festival- The Largest Multi-Disciplined Aboriginal Arts Event In North America. Located at Exhibition Place at the Better Living Centre: 200 Princes' Blvd.; Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Six Nations of the Grand River. This First Nation Reserve is home to dozens of events just outside the Golden Horseshoe.

Six Nations of the Grand River:
Chiefswood Rd, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0, Canada

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  • Museums of Burlington
Joseph Brant Museum: 1240 North Shore Blvd E.; Burlington Ireland House Museum: 2168 Guelph Line; Burlington
  • Royal Botanical Gardens: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington
  • Spencer's Landing multi-use commercial/residential area. 442 Maple Ave, Burlington, ON
  • Welcome to Bruce Trail: Office at 55 Head Street, Dundas, Ontario

Spencer's Landing on the Burlington Lakefront.
Spencer's Landing on the Burlington Lakefront. | Source

High Demand and High Paying Jobs

Indeed Canada and SimplyHired Canada are job search and trending website engines that scour all internet sources for job listings.

The sites together found about 60,000 jobs listed for the Greater Burlington Area during December 2018.

This suburb of Toronto is on the MoneySense list of Top 10 Places to Live in Canada, its wealth of new jobs contributing heavily to that designation.

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Michael Page International: 130 Adelaide Street WestSuite 1900; Toronto ON M5H 3P5Canada
  2. Bilingual Source: 30 St Clair Ave W #1400, Toronto ON M4V 3A1, Canada
  3. BMO Financial Group:
  4. The People Bank
  5. Scotiabank:
  6. University Health
  7. RBC Finance
  8. Rogers Media
  9. OriginHR Canada
  10. Randstad Staffing

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

  1. Salespersons
  2. Cosmeticians; Beauty Boutique Experts
  3. Project Managers
  4. Administrative Assistants and Support Staff
  5. Account Managers
  6. Assistant Store Managers
  7. Software Developers
  8. Account Executives
  9. Business Development Representatives
  10. IT jobs, several designations

Higher Education in Ontario

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


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