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New Studies Help City and Businesses Plan For Future Growth and Investment in Mississauga

Apr 16, 2007

Mississauga still has great investment opportunities in employment lands according to two Planning and Building reports – “2006 Employment Profile” and “2007 Vacant Employment Lands” – received by City Council.  The reports provide businesses with a detailed view of location choices, and help the City plan for the future needs of existing and future new businesses. 

“These two studies are great, easy-to-use resources for companies looking for the best location in Mississauga to set-up or expand their business,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion. 

The “2007 Vacant Employment Lands” study is presented in two sections.  The first section provides a summary of land area and number of vacant land parcels.  The second section provides more detailed parcel information and location maps by planning district.  The study’s principal findings are:

  • Mississauga has a total of 1,177 hectares (2,908 acres) of vacant employment land.  41 hectares (102 acres) of this vacant employment land is located in the City Centre;
  • Approximately 60 per cent of vacant employment land or 711 hectares (1,756 acres), are found in the Gateway, Meadowvale Business Park and Northeast Planning Districts;
  • Most of the vacant land parcels (69 per cent) are less than two hectares (five acres) in size and only one vacant land parcel is more than 40 hectares (100 acres); and,
  • Development applications are currently being processed for about one-third of vacant lands within the City.

The Planning and Building Department’s “2006 Employment Profile,” conducted with the Economic Development Office, is based on information from the Mississauga Employment Database and an employment survey undertaken from May to September, 2006.  The principal findings are:

  • Total estimated employment in Mississauga is 406,000 (rounded and adjusted to more closely reflect the Census employment definition to consider persons with multiple jobs and home-based businesses);
  • The employment ratio is .58 or 58 local jobs for every 100 residents of Mississauga;
  • When unemployment is considered, Mississauga had an estimated net imported labour force of approximately 42,000 in 2006;
  • The four main concentrations of employment are in Meadowvale Business Park, Northeast-South, Northeast-West, and Gateway-South, which represent approximately 40 per cent of total employment opportunities in the City in 2006;
  • The City’s employment profile continues to be dominated by small businesses.  In 2006, 74 per cent of businesses had less than 20 employees (44 per cent had fewer than five employees);
  • The largest portion of the employment base was in mid-sized firms between 20 and 300 employees, representing 15 per cent of the total number of businesses but constitute 48 per cent of the work force;
  • Mississauga’s average gross employment density is 13 employees per hectare (5 employees per acres) and the average net employment density is 43 employees per hectare (18 per acre); and,
  • A comparison of Employment Survey data from 2005 to 2006 shows an increase of 180 business sites and a slight increase (.14 per cent) in employment for businesses that provided employment survey information.

“In addition to being a data resource for business, the ‘2006 Employment Profile’ and ‘2007 Vacant Employment Lands’ are tools that Council and staff use to monitor our strategic and planning policies,” added Planning and Building Commissioner Ed Sajecki.  “They are fundamental in the development of our financial and economic strategies to address the future needs and services for the new business we are actively and successfully attracting to Mississauga.”

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000.  With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.  Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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Related Links:
   Item 03: 2007 Vacant Employment Lands
   Item 04: 2006 Employment Profile


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