Data Insights – Halton’s Q1 Economic Performance

Q1 2017

Halton Region Economic Development issues a quarterly report that provides a snapshot of Halton’s economic performance with respect to development, labour force, and real estate markets. Sign-up here to receive the quarterly report in your inbox!

Highlights from Halton’s economy during the first quarter of 2017 include: 

Record-breaking construction activity continues into 2017

Following record-breaking construction activity in 2016, building permit construction values in Halton exceeded $1 billion during the first quarter – a level not typically reached in the region until the year end. This represents a 142% increase in building permit construction value over the same period last year. Although a few substantial industrial and office building projects, along with a new operations building at the Oakville GO Station ($42 million) were initiated, permits were primarily issued for major residential developments which has boosted Halton’s overall value. Residential construction totaled $855 million during the first quarter of 2017, representing a 185% year-over-year increase.

Here are a few examples of the residential projects currently underway:


Halton’s unemployment rate averaged 4.4% during the first  quarter of 2017 – a 0.3 percentage point decline over the previous quarter and a 0.1 pp decline compared to the same period last year. Halton’s unemployment rate remains significantly below the overall Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA) average of 6.3% and the provincial average of 6.2%.  Meanwhile, Halton’s labour market participation rate has increased 3.4 pp year-over-year to reach 69.6% of the working-age population. This is notably higher than the GTHA or provincial averages which stood at 64.9% and 64.3%, respectively. Visit the Data Centre for additional labour market statistics and historical data.

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