Profile and Quick Facts

The Town of Aurora is a growing community with over 1,300 businesses, including approximately 150 major industries and head offices. A strong entrepreneurial community is located within the town.

Aurora's has continued to grow recently with the opening of the corporate head office of State Farm Insurance and the Hallgrove Business Park. The town is committed to economic growth with a ready supply of employment lands and a new premier Business Park in the Leslie Street and Highway 404 area.

The advantages of doing business in Aurora are numerous.
Established and developing employment parks are connected by efficient regional rail, transit and road systems. The historic downtown core on Yonge Street is supplemented by a wide variety of retail outlets and office centres.

Aurora's location offers all the advantages of an urban centre while maintaining its small town atmosphere. Portions of the Town exist within the environmentally-significant Oak Ridges Moraine, which provides rolling terrain, rich valley land and large forest tracts.

Competitive Advantages

Aurora is located in fast growing York Region, in the heart of Canada's economic engine, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and has great connections to national and international markets by road, rail and air.

With direct access to Highway 404, Aurora is 30 minutes from downtown Toronto and less than 20 minutes to Highways 401 and 407, Southern Ontario's major expressways. Our community also features convenient access to Lester B. Pearson International Airport (45 minutes) and Buttonville Regional Airport (15 minutes), and is well served by the Canadian National Railway (CNR).

An expanded public transportation system that includes buses, rapid transit and trains (GO Transit, VIVA and York Region Transit) makes all-day commuting easy to all parts of the GTA.

Over half the population of the USA and Canada lives within one day's drive of the Town of Aurora and the U.S. border is just 90 miles (144 km) away.

Aurora combines the supportive atmosphere of a small town with the advantages of an urban centre. Its location at the edge of the environmentally significant Oak Ridges Moraine adds scenic beauty to this growing urban community.


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  Area 49 km²
  Population (2014) 56,000
Business Costs and Information
  Development Charges (2014) $254.05 for industrial, office, and institutional (includes regional and education portions)
  Property Taxes (2014)  1.910179% commercial (including office buildings and shopping centres)
2.223850% industrial (including large industrial)
  Water Rates (2014)

$1.8015 per cubic meter of water consumption
$1.5287 per cubic meter of wastewater consumption
$2.9807 per cubic meter of combined consumption

  Storm Sewer Rates (2014) $62.96 per metre monthly or $125.92 per metre bi-monthly
  Electrical Power PowerStream Inc. (905)-417-6900 PowerStream
  Natural Gas Enbridge Inc. 1-800-362-7434 Enbridge

Rogers Communications 1-866-431-4642

Bell Canada 310-2355

  Employment Rate 68.4%
  Resident Labour Force 31,100
  Labour Shed Work Force 2 million
Housing & Income
  Average Household Income $130,600
  Average Detached Housing Cost $687,500


Dwelling Information

Total number of occupied dwellings 20,187
Number of dwellings owned 17,319
Number of dwellings rented 2,868

Citizenship & Residency

With Canadian citizenship 57,595
With citizenship other than Canadian 2,839
Immigrated before 2000 10,852
Immigrated between 2000-2005 2,145
Immigrated between 2006-2011 1,430
Immigrated after 2012 1,550
Born in province of residence 39,915
Born outside province of residence 4,238

Knowledge of Official Languages (Conversational Ability)

Total population 2016 (estimated) 60,434
English only 53,773
French only 23
English and French 5,770
Neither English nor French
 source: Town of Aurora - informational purposes only as of May 2017