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Halton Region’s Business Development Division July - September 2008
Halton Industrial & Commercial
Real Estate Forum a Great Success
On Thursday October 23, the Business
Development Division of Halton Region,
and the Economic Development offices
of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and
Oakville hosted a forum for over 150 top
industrial and commercial real estate
developers, agents and government
officials at the Burlington Convention
The Forum examined how the Region
continues to lay the foundation for
business growth. The theme of the event
was “Building On Opportunities”.
Halton has a large part of the Greater
Toronto Area’s last remaining areas of un- Regional Chair Gary Carr opened the Forum and urged the participants
developed employment lands and qual- to continue to be supportive of business investment in Halton.
ity redevelopment sites in major growth During the Forum, experts shared that, despite a slowing economy in
centres. the United States, the municipalities in Halton Region are experiencing a
high level of business growth and the Region is taking the right steps to
see that this growth continues.
Highlights from the day included:
In This Issue • Ms. Sheila Botting, Senior Managing Director Canada Valuation,
Advisory & Property Tax Services, Capital Markets Group at Cush-
Halton Industrial & Commercial man & Wakefield LePage Inc. provided an outlook for the Industrial
Commercial Real Estate Market. She indicated that in both the
Real Estate Forum a Great office and industrial markets, historic vacancy rates are still very low
Success compared to most markets in the United States. The Greater Toronto
Area including Halton is not overbuilt. It is the third largest indus-
New Investment Highlights trial market in North America after Los Angeles and Chicago and the
fifth largest North American office market.
Market Overview • Mr. Eric Almasy, from DeGroote School of Business at McMaster
Housing Market Overview University outlined the growing professional services business
sectors in Halton and the increase in a younger labour force since
Sector Spotlight: the last Census.
Sheridan Institute of Technology • Mr. David Colley, President of the Society of Industrial and Office
Realtors and Vice President at Colliers, provided examples of region-
and Advanced Learning
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Evertz Technologies Presented
wide projects currently under construction. These
projects will add over 1.5 million square feet of office
with Emmy® for Technology
and industrial buildings in 2008 and 2009.
• Mr. Michael Fenn, Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx,
outlined the Provincial Transportation Initiatives for The Burlington-based manufacturer of digital
Halton including improved GO Transit services and broadcast and film products was presented with an
an improved east-west transit plan for Dundas Street Emmy® for long-term contributions that have signifi-
through Halton. cantly affected the state of television technology and
• Ms. Jacqueline Weston of Halton Region provided
details on the Region’s commitment to work with The award known as The Philo T. Farnsworth
employment lands owners and prospective businesses Corporate Achievement Award recognized Evertz as
to keep a steady supply of serviced employment land an industry leader in the design, manufacture and
available, including projects to service existing areas in marketing of video and audio infrastructure equip-
Oakville and Burlington and new areas of employment ment for production, post-production, broadcast
lands in Milton and Halton Hills. and internet protocol television. The Burlington
company’s technologies are used by content cre-
• Jeff Lehman, Principal at Metropolitan Knowledge ators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television
International moderated the day’s discussion and service providers. The award acknowledged Evertz’s
shared his extensive insight and experience related to monitoring and fibre optics equipment - connecting
the “Places To Grow” Provincial growth estimates. equipment that enables television facilities to move a
To learn more about economic development in Halton, variety of TV signals.
visit to www.halton.ca/business. Evertz Technologies Inc. employs 700 at its
Burlington corporate headquarters, and 100 more
around the world.
New Investment Highlights Source: Burlington Post, August 29, 2008
Construction Nearly Complete
Leasing Underway for
on Sustainable Industrial
Corporate Centre Construction of Green-Port Environmental Manag-
The Emery-Alton Corporate Centre is now leasing up to ers Ltd.’s new 18,000 square foot building is almost
200,000 square feet of prestige industrial space and up to complete. This Georgetown plant will recycle used
130,000 square feet of Class-A office space. The business hydro transformers. In an effort to be environmen-
park will include four industrial buildings and one tally sustainable, they have incorporated several
five-storey office building. The proposed project will be “green” features in the building, including: collecting
environmentally responsible and will be built to LEED® rain water for use in landscaping watering; filtering
Silver Certification. The development is located at the all storm water on the site and putting it back into
southwest corner of the Appleby Line interchange of the property’s wetlands; sunlight harvesting with
Highway 407. The project is one of the first proposed in triple glazed windows to reduce heating costs; and
Burlington’s Alton employment district. high efficiency heating and cooling units. These are
Source: Burlington Economic Development Corporation & DTZ just a few of the measures they have incorporated
Barnicke into the building to reduce their carbon foot print.
Source: Town of Halton Hills Economic Development
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New Industrial Construction and head office facility in Milton. The new facility will
allow Coxcom to increase its warehouse and project
Underway in Halton Hills staging capability, maintain service levels due to the strate-
gic geographical location in Milton, and provide additional
Gateway Business Park space for forecasted growth over the next several years.
Coxcom is currently managing large digital signage
Higgins Development Partners have started grading installation projects in the petroleum, “big-box” retail,
work on their property in the Halton Hills 401-407 hospitality, and health services sectors, as well as many
Gateway Business Park. The development will small local projects in a wide variety of venues.
include two industrial buildings at 97,847 square
Groenveld (CPL Systems), the new market leader in
feet and 225,769 square feet. Both buildings will be
Canada for Automatic Greasing Systems, has chosen
available for lease with occupancy in late 2009 or
Milton for its head office location. In 2003, Groeneveld
early 2010. Higgins has also recently completed an
acquired CPL Systems which currently has a nationwide
industrial condominium development in the Gate-
network of CPL Dealers and service locations.
way Business Park. The project is over 50% sold.
Source: Town of Halton Hills Economic Development The Groeneveld Group does business globally, offering an
expedient, high-quality range of products for road trans-
port, off-road and industrial applications.
HOOPP Moves Forward with Semco Systems Limited has moved into a location within
Next Phase of Development the High Point Business Park. Semco Systems is in the
business of designing, engineering, manufacturing and
in Milton installing high-quality bulk chemical handling equipment
systems for a wide variety of industrial, municipal and
The Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) is commercial clients.
making a major addition to its existing industrial Mercury Marine will be leasing 110,000 square feet with
development in Milton’s Escarpment Business offices and warehouse in the Escarpment Business Park.
Community. Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of
Two new facilities – a 403,397 square foot facility recreational marine propulsion engines. A $2.3 billion
with option to expand to 580,000 square feet and division of Brunswick Corporation, Mercury and its 6,200
an 110,766 square foot multi-tenant facility – are employees worldwide provide engines, boats, services and
planned across from the existing three-facility parts for recreational, commercial and government marine
development on Escarpment Way. Construction of applications.
the two new buildings is expected to be completed Source: Town of Milton Economic Development Office
by spring/summer 2009.
Source: Town of Milton Economic Development Office
PCA Services Launches
Milton Welcomes Four New Innovative Automated
Companies Dispensing System
Within the third quarter of 2008, Milton has attract- Canada’s first point-of-care medication dispensing and
ed Coxcom Inc., Groenveld (CPL Systems), Semco management system was launched at Sunnybrook Health
Systems Limited, and Mercury Marine. These Sciences Centre. The PharmaTrust Dispensary, developed
companies make considerable use of engineering, by Oakville-based PCA Services Inc., will operate within
design, and innovation that require the human Sunnybrook’s pharmacy for a three-month evaluation.
capital Milton can provide. The PharmaTrust Dispensary can stock up to 220 types of
Coxcom Incorporated, celebrating its 10th anniver- prescription drugs, which are picked by its sophisticated
sary in 2008, purchased a new integrated warehouse robotic system, after the pharmacist processes the pre-
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scription. The system uses advanced RFID technology and Occupancy is scheduled for fall 2009. Leasing is
bar code scanning systems to identify, label and deliver the already underway; please visit www.liunacentre.com
medication prescribed. This is designed to eliminate the for more information.
potential for dispensing errors. Source: Colliers International
Headquartered in Oakville, PCA Services Inc. is an innova-
tor of hardware and software for the dispensing and ongo-
ing management of patient drug therapy and the developer
Techniweld Finds Home in
of the PharmaTrust Dispensary. The company has evolved
from a virtual organization to one with a 16,000 square
foot facility in Oakville and 40 employees. Construction is nearly complete on Techniweld’s
Source: CNW, June 25, 2008 new 40,000 square foot office/warehouse facility on
Winston Park Drive. Techniweld Products Corpora-
Oakville’s Newest Office tion has moved its operations from Mississauga to
Oakville. They currently have 16 employees.
Development Under Techniweld is a leading wholesaler of recognized
brand names for the welding industry sold
Construction-LIUNA Centre exclusively through welding distributors.
Source: Urbacon Limited
Construction is well underway on Oakville’s newest office
Provincial Funding for Halton
development at the QEW highway and Ford Drive. The
152,000 square foot, 7-storey LIUNA Centre at 1315 North
Service Road East features QEW frontage, with convenient The provincial government recently announced that
access to highways 403 and 407. The building will offer it is investing an additional $1.1 billion in municipal
ample parking with 634 on-site parking spaces including infrastructure to improve roads and bridges, expand
56 underground, bicycle storage, shower facilities for public transit and building other municipal projects.
occupants and much more. Developed by LPF Realty Inc.,
Halton Region has been allocated $22,077,181. The
four municipalities that form Halton Region have
been allocated the following funding: Burling-
ton, $7,380,241; Halton Hills, $2,481,806; Milton:
$2,421,207; and Oakville, $7,434,016.
The increase in infrastructure funding comes as a
result of the government passing the Investing in
Ontario Act, 2008. The Act allows the Provincial
government to use a portion of any unanticipated
year-end budget surplus to address priority public
the LIUNA Centre will be Oakville’s first certified LEED®
Silver office tower with energy efficient lighting controls
and technologies. The building is adjacent to Wedgewood
Creek creating a natural park setting with plans to preserve
the natural beauty of the site. The site also proposes a two-
storey state-of-the-art convention centre.
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needs as well as reduce the province’s accumulated The Business Development Centre co-ordinates the
deficit. The funding is shared among all Ontario program locally, and delivers it with the help of volunteer
municipalities, primarily on a per capita basis based business advisors from the community. Successful appli-
on their 2006 census population. cants receive funding in the spring to help with business
start-up costs, and additional monies in the fall upon suc-
Rapid Transit and Improved cessful completion of their Summer Company experience.
Rail Service Planned Halton Companies Named in
for Halton PROFIT’S HOT 50 List
Expanded rapid transit and major advancements in PROFIT magazine has recognized two Halton companies
GO rail service are among the proposed projects that in their list of Canada’s emerging growth companies for
will benefit Halton in The Big Move: Transforming 2008.
Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton
Burlington’s Cam Solutions (ranked #39) provides
Area. The 25-year, $50 billion plan, released as a
software integration for manufacturers. Manufacturers
draft by Metrolinx include faster, more frequent GO
such as GM and KOSS Aerospace use its software to see
rail service on the Lakeshore line, new rapid transit
their productivity levels in real time. Cam Solutions
connecting Halton to the Toronto subway system
experienced a 210% growth in revenues from 2005.
along Dundas Street, new rapid transit along
Trafalgar Road, two-way, all-day regional rail service Oakville’s N2 Ingredients Inc. (ranked #43) is a natural
between Georgetown and Union Station, two-way, and organic ingredient distributor. Its natural and certi-
all-day regional rail service between Milton and fied organic ingredients include oils, sweeteners, starches,
downtown Toronto, and a new transitway connect- flavours and spices. They experienced a 158% growth in
ing the Oakville GO Station, Mississauga City Centre revenues from 2005.
and Pearson Airport, via Highway 403. The PROFIT HOT 50 ranks the top 50 young businesses in
Halton Region invited the public to discuss “The Big Canada by 2-year revenue growth.
Move” transportation proposals at an Open House/ Source: Profit magazine, September 2008
Public Meeting in October.
Halton’s Business Development
Halton Recognizes Young
Centre Hosts Networking Event
Entrepreneurs On August 13, Halton Region’s Business Development
This summer Halton Region Business Development Centre hosted Business After Five, a business networking
welcomed nine students who chose to start and run event in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce
their own business with the help of the Ontario from Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.
Government’s Summer Company program. The
Business After Five is a networking opportunity for
Summer Company youth entrepreneurship
Halton’s Chambers of Commerce members to make busi-
experience provides hands-on business training and
ness contacts and meet new Chamber members, as well as
mentoring – and cash awards – to help students start
an opportunity to learn about Halton’s Business Develop-
and run their own summer business.
ment Centre and the event’s sponsors, RBC Royal Bank
This year’s Summer Company entrepreneurs includ- and Bell.
ed: I Get It Tutoring; In Home Fine Dine; Dynamic
This year’s event was a great success with over 300
Aquatics; Kustom Technologies; The Real Estate
business owners in attendance. The Business
Assistant; Oakville Music Lessons; Yanicke's Tutor-
Development Centre is looking forward to hosting their
ing Business; Green Blue Landscaping; and Condor
third joint Chambers of Commerce Business After Five
event next year.
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Top Non-Residential, Non-Retail Developments, Q3 2008*
Name of Development Location Building Type Area (sq ft) Construction Value ($)
Fengate Capital Management Oakville New Multi-Storey Office 152,245 $29,000,000
Evertz Microsystems Burlington Multi-Storey Office and Warehouse 36,270 $25,000,000
Hoopp Realty Inc. Milton New Industrial 403,390 $15,000,000
AMB Ontario Nomco Inc. Milton Industrial Alteration n/a $11,000,000
Hoopp Realty Inc. Milton New Industrial 110,760 $6,000,000
Telford Properties Milton Industrial Alteration n/a $4,500,000
Lamenza Investments Corp. Burlington New Industrial 61,640 $3,700,000
TransCanada Energy Ltd. Halton Hills New Electrical Substation 12,875 $2,100,000
Valbruna Canada Ltd. Milton Addition of Industrial Warehouse 31,755 $1,600,000
Hoopp Realty Inc. Milton Addition of Industrial Warehouse and Office 109,995 $1,300,000
Elliot Turbomachinery Canada Inc. Burlington Industrial Expansion 9,330 $1,200,000
All-Mar Developments Oakville New Industrial 17,007 $1,106,000
* Listing of all non-residential, non-retail developments in excess of $1 milllion in construction value.
Source: Local municipal building departments.
Construction Value ($ thousand) of New Developments, Q3 2007 vs Q3 2008*
Type Burlington Oakville Milton Halton Hills** Halton
Q3 2007 Q3 2008 Q3 2007 Q3 2008 Q3 2007 Q3 2008 Q3 2007 Q3 2008 Q3 2007 Q3 2008
Residential 64,980.3 61,234.5 97,327.9 132,803.4 67,500.5 84,742.1 16,996.2 6,089.8 246,804.8 284,869.9
Industrial 28,312.3 34,612.4 7,125.7 4,195.1 3,783.4 5,751.5 5,425.0 5,997.3 44,646.4 50,556.3
Commercial 13,031.5 39,259.0 51,787.7 56,724.1 19,816.7 11,898.7 1,089.0 2,640.0 85,724.9 110,521.6
Institutional 28,278.7 1,129.0 13,094.0 21,718.7 490.0 0.0 20.0 9,745.6 41,882.7 32,593.3
Other 10,733.7 5,836.3 993.0 1,587.6 3,783.4 5,751.5 673.0 2,027.5 16,183.1 15,203.0
Total Value 145,336.4 142,071.2 170,328.3 217,028.9 95,373.9 108,143.8 24,203.2 26,500.3 435,241.8 493,744.2
* Figures may not add due to rounding
** Excluding agricultural permits
Source: Local municipal building departments.
For the third straight quarter of 2008, construction activity million was invested in industrial, office and commercial
throughout Halton remained robust. Nearly $94 million was projects during the third quarter. In Milton, Hoopp Realty
spent on new developments or expansions in the third led investments with nearly 625,000 square feet of new or
quarter, up over 13% from the same period in 2007. expanded industrial space being developed at an estimat-
Much of the rise in construction values was attributable to ed combined construction value of $22.3 million.
developments in the south of Halton, where nearly $135
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Halton Economic Indicators
Economic Indicator Q3 2007 Q3 2008 % Change
Total Population 1
453,700 467,200 3.0%
Population Density (per sq km) 2
469 483 3.0%
238,827 246,854 3.4%
Unemployment Rate (Toronto CMA) 4
7.6% 7.6% 0%
Unemployment Rate (Hamilton CMA) 4
5.7% 5.4% 5.3%
Number of Businesses 5
37,437 37,065 1.0%
Business Bankruptcies 6
25 26 4%
Total Construction Value 7
$435,241,837 $493,744,157 13.4%
Industrial $44,646,385 $50,556,346 13.2%
Commercial $85,724,916 $110,521,637 28.9%
Institutional $41,882,700 $32,593,337 22.2%
Residential $246,804,785 $284,869,856 15.4%
Industrial Availability Rate (2nd Qtr) 8
n/a 5.99% n/a
Office Availability Rate (June) 9
6.15% 5.10% 17.1%
Average Household Income 10
$110,600 $113,100 2.3%
Occupied Dwelling Units 3
161,884 166,722 3.0%
Housing Sales 11
892 952 6.7%
Average Housing Price 11
$415,666 $456,758 9.9%
1 Halton Region Best Planning Estimates, April 2007 (forecasted)
The third quarter of 2008 ended on a shaky and uncertain
2 Based on Halton’s land area of 967 square kilometres note across much of the world’s developed economies.
3 Halton Region Best Planning Estimates, April 2007 (forecasted) The US credit crunch that began a year earlier eventually
4 Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey Estimates (Table 282-
0052, 3 month moving average, unadjusted), October 2008 led to the bankruptcy of several major US financial institu-
5 Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Patterns. As of June tions in mid-September, triggering a global market reaction
2007 for 2007 estimate and December 2007 for 2008 estimate. that was felt here in Canada and particularly in Ontario.
6 Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, 2008
7 Local municipal building departments The composite leading index saw its first drop in Septem-
8 Colliers International, Q3 2008. Based on rates in Burlington,
Milton and Oakville. ber, following five consecutive months of increases, mostly
9 Colliers International, September 2008. Based on rates in due to volatile movements in stock markets. Canada’s real
Burlington and Oakville.
10 FP Markets, Canadian Demographics, 2007 and 2008
gross domestic product increased a meagre 0.3% during
11 Toronto Real Estate Board, Market Watch, Q3 2007 and the third quarter. And the struggles that have faced the
Q3 2008 manufacturing sector moved into Canada’s automotive
sector in the early Fall as falling profits hit the US Big
Three auto makers. Even significant declines in commodity
prices and the CDN dollar were unable to give relief to the
manufacturing sector in the face of weakening demand in
the US and falling exports.
Amidst the market turmoil, Halton’s economy saw
surprising growth during the third quarter. Investment in
industrial, commercial and residential developments were
up a combined 18% over the third quarter of 2007.
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Industrial Market Overview by Municipality, Q3 2008
Burlington Milton Oakville
Inventory (sq ft) 20.5 million 10.8 million 18.0 million
Vacancy Rate 5.3% 3.3% 1.2%
Absorption (sq ft) -137,667 105,662 156,066
Average Land Price (per acre) 153,331 $390,000 $495,000
Net Rental Rate (per sq ft) $5.58 $5.74 $5.99
Average Sale Price (per sq ft) $87.20 $85.05 $76.05
Note: Information is not available for Halton Hills
Source: CBRE, Q3 2008
The unemployment rate remained stable throughout
the region, although several layoffs, closures or
relocations were announced by Ford, Namasco, Trivaris,
South Halton Office Flow Automation, and Two Stage Innovation, among
others. And, the availability for both industrial and
Market Overview, Q3 2008 office space was down from earlier in the year as nearly
505,000 square feet was absorbed into the market
Burlington Oakville during the quarter.
Inventory (sq ft) 3.1 million 2.1 million Looking ahead, the impact of evolving market
Vacancy Rate 7.9% 6.2% conditions on the region’s manufacturing base, includ-
Absorption (sq ft) 3,541 86,093 ing Oakville-based Ford of Canada, will be a concern
Under Construction (sq ft) 126,017 85,809 for Halton’s economy going into the end of 2008 and
Net Rental Rate (per sq ft) $14.41 $19.42
into next year. The need for significant infrastructure
investments for continued growth throughout the
Source: CBRE, Q3 2008 region will also play a critical role for Halton in the
Select Non-Retail Employment Announcements, Q3 2008
Company Name Municipality Industry Employment Impact
Ford of Canada Oakville Automotive Assembly -500 (layoffs)
Namasco (Klockner and Co.) Burlington Steel Manufacturing -55 (closure)
Trivaris Burlington Office -50 (relocation to Hamilton)
Flow Automation Burlington Manufacturing -45 (relocation to Indiana)
Samuel, Son & Co. Burlington Steel Manufacturing -40 (layoffs)
Rieger Printing Ink Company Burlington Manufacturing -40 (layoffs)
Automated Fluid Power and Control Burlington Manufacturing -29 (closure)
Two Stage Innovation Milton Engineering Services -21 (closure)
Transworld Paper Oakville Wholesale Distribution -18 (closure)
ATS Spartex Inc. Burlington Engineering Services -15 (closure)
* This is not intended as an exhaustive list of employment announcements in Halton.
Source: Halton Region Business Development Division, media monitoring.
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Housing Market Overview
Housing Starts in Halton Region,
Q3 2007 vs. Q3 2008
Municipality Q3 2007 Q3 2008 % Change
Burlington 382 367 4%
Halton Hills 164 22 87%
Milton 540 537 1%
Oakville 357 216 39%
Halton Total 1,443 1,142 21%
Note: Includes both single and multiple dwellings.
Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Housing Market
Information, October 2008
Halton Housing Overview, September 2008
Municipality Total Supply Under Construction 3 mos. Average Absorption
Burlington 1,544 1,010 88
Halton Hills 138 132 15
Milton 1,777 1,357 221
Oakville 1,536 996 169
Halton Total 4,995 3,495 493
Note: Includes both single and multiple dwellings.
Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Housing Market Information, October 2008
The anticipated slowdown in the Greater Toronto Area’s eroding affordability may soon see Halton following the
(GTA) housing market boom became evident by the close trends in neighbouring areas and face modest housing
of this year’s third quarter. Sales of single family dwell- market adjustments in early 2009.
ings dropped 6% and average prices declined 3% over last
Such market adjustments would also have an impact on
year’s levels throughout the GTA, indicating deepening
Halton’s new residential market. During the third quarter,
economic woes in Canada’s traditional heartland.
Halton’s new housing starts edged down 21% from the
Halton’s housing resale market, however, continues to fare same period in 2007. The biggest declines were seen
remarkably well. Housing sales during the third quarter in Halton Hills (down 87%) and Oakville (down 39%).
rose over the same record-breaking period in 2007 and the Overall residential construction activity in Halton remained
average housing prices witnessed a 10% increase, signal- robust, however, with investments reaching nearly $285
ling continued demand for homes in the region. Neverthe- million during the summer months.
less, it is expected that the elevated housing prices and
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Sector Spotlight: Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
The Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies, and
Learning, based in Oakville, is one of Canada’s premier High/Scope Teacher Education Centre.
polytechnic institutes, providing skills-based educational
Over its 40 years, Sheridan has grown from a small com-
programming that integrates theory with application,
munity college into one of the most respected institutions
preparing students for careers in visual and performing
of higher education in Canada, with a graduate employ-
arts, business, community services and technical fields.
ment rate over 90% and an employer satisfaction rate
Sheridan serves close to 15,000 full-time students annually
at its campuses in Oakville and Brampton.
Program options include a wide range of programs and
credentials including pre-apprenticeship and apprentice-
ship training, one-year certificate and graduate certificates,
two- and three-year diplomas, and Bachelor’s degrees in
applied areas of study.
Through innovative partnerships with the public and
private sectors, Sheridan has launched several unique
training and research centres, including the Visualization
Design Institute, Sheridan Elder Research Centre, Centre
Sheridan Skills Training Centre & Sheridan Centre In recent years, skills shortages have gained profile on
for Internationally Trained Individuals (SCITI) both the provincial and federal agendas. In Oakville,
Sheridan is working to develop skilled employees of
the future at their Skills Training Centre. Skilled trade
journeypersons remain some of the highest in-demand
professionals in Canada. Sheridan College’s satellite Skills
Training Centre offers a range of pre-apprentice and ap-
prenticeship programs in a state-of-the-art facility which is
amongst the best in the province. Sheridan provides train-
ing in tool & die, general machinist, mechanical millwright
and electrician trades.
The Skills Training Centre is also the site of the Sheridan
Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals (SCITI).
This Centre provides a range of specialized services and
programs to newcomers preparing for employment. The
Centre provides enhanced training programs which include
language training, mentorship opportunities, and career
development workshops. These programs and services
assist newcomers in gaining work in their fields of study
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The mission of SERC is to identify, develop, test and sup-
port implementation of innovative strategies that improve
the quality of life for older adults and their families, and to
do this through applied research. Research interests at the
• The Built Environment (products and spaces)
• Human Communication (hearing, vision and language)
• Information & Communication Technology (accessible
computing, digital storytelling)
• Public Policy (elder abuse, ageism)
• Other (self image/self esteem, care-giver support)
SERC also includes a Seniors Day Program operated by
Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC) Acclaim Health (formerly VON Halton), an Internet Cafe,
By 2021, it is projected that Ontario will be home to close Interior Design Studio, Cosmetic’s Studio and a Human
to three million seniors -- up from 1.65 million in 2008. Communications Lab.
At this rate, there is a need for research into the kinds Halton Region and the Sheridan Elder Research Centre
of strategies and approaches needed to serve this grow- have collaborated to develop a Memorandum of Under-
ing cohort. The Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC), standing (MOU) to examine the areas of elder research
opened in September 2003, is a unique research facility and elder education. This agreement is expected to come
located at Sheridan’s Oakville campus that explores areas into effect in January 2009.
of practical concern and immediate relevance to older
Sheridan Corporate: Developing 21st Century
SheridanCorporate, a division of Sheridan Institute of Tech-
nology and Advanced Learning brings innovative learning
and development solutions to the business community,
delivering applied, research-based, client-focused learning
to local, national and international corporations. Sherid-
anCorporate programs include customized learning and
development programs which combine creative process,
design thinking and business competency development to
enrich leadership and management capacity, and Centres
for Innovation, which develop and deliver learning pro-
grams, consulting and coaching in a number of learning/
SheridanCorporate clients include Tim Hortons, Ceridian,
FedEx, Trillium Health Centre, Cara, Burlington Technolo-
gies Inc., Roche, Ford, and Home Depot.
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Sheridan Animation Centre
In April 2007, Sheridan Institute officially opened its new
centre for animation at the Oakville campus. The multi-
million dollar facility is the latest milestone in Sheridan’s
35-year history as the leading animation educator in
Canada. Representatives from Nelvana/Corus Entertain-
ment, Disney Dreamworks Animation SKG, CORE Digital
Pictures, JibJab and many other studios were on hand
for the official opening of the Centre. The 37,000 square
foot facility will be home to 450 students each year from
Canada and abroad. It features multiple studios for
production work, a new digital stop-motion animation
facility, a myriad of classrooms and drafting studios, as
well as a powerful rendering farm.
Sheridan produces dozens of animators each year who
go on to be the talent behind some of Canada’s most
successful animation and digital media companies, and
Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Sheridan animation
graduates have been nominated for Academy Awards six
times and won twice.
As leaders in the world of animation education, Sheridan
has branched out and built on their animation expertise
to become pioneers in the field of computer visualization,
digital imaging and simulation. Sheridan’s Visual Design
Institute (VDI), was established in 1998 to teach students
how to apply the tools of animation beyond the entertain-
ment industry. The VDI houses a unique series of labora-
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