Pickering lies immediately east of the City of Toronto, Canada. With an estimated population of 92,000 people and 35,000 jobs, Pickering is projected to grow to 190,000 people by 2031.
Access to Major Markets
Pickering is centrally located within the Greater Toronto Area, Canada's largest market of over 6 million individuals. With access to both Highway 401 and Highway 407 ETR, Pickering provides a convenient gateway to major markets across North America. Being in close proximity to 5 different entry points to United States, Pickering offers the ability to easily access many cities across North America.
Excellent Infrastructure for Business
Pickering has direct access to 2 of Canada's major east-west highways: Highway 401 and Highway 407 ETR. Excellent air and rail services are also available. Pickering is in close proximity to Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Island Airport and Oshawa Municipal Airport.
Competitive Business Costs
Business tax rates are amongst the lowest of the larger municipalities in Durham Region.
Diverse and Stable Economy
Pickering is home to a variety of national and international companies. Key industry sectors include energy, advanced manufacturing, logistics, and pharmaceutical.
Availability of a Skilled and Educated Labour Force
More than 88% of Pickering residents between the ages of 24-64 years of age have completed a post secondary degree or diploma.
Access to Post Secondary Education
Pickering is located in close proximity to some of the largest and most prestigious post secondary education institutions in the country: the University of Toronto, York University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College, Centennial College, and a joint Durham College/Centennial College Learning Centre.
Availability of Land and Space
There are approximately 200 acres of vacant employment land available for development in Pickering, and a projected 800 acres of employment land with the development of the Seaton community, to meet the needs of any business. The lands are strategically situated within Pickering's 3 industrial parks. View Available Land & Space.
Significant Infrastructure Investment
Pickering has seen significant new investment in recent years, including a 132,000 sf LEED silver office tower, a $32 million expansion of a major pharmaceutical company (Purdue Pharma), a LEED terminal building at Pickering GO Station, a $20 million pedestrian bridge, and a 192,000 sf state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
Quality of Life
Pickering provides an unprecedented quality of life. Culturally driven with a diverse population, the City of Pickering has been named "the best place in Canada to raise a family". Recreation facilities, beautiful parks, and hiking trails throughout the community are only some of the assets Pickering has to offer.