Since 1983, Toronto's City Planning Division has monitored the City's employment by conducting an annual survey of businesses. The data collected is vital to monitor the City's economic health, as well as aiding in decision and policy making. It is essential background information for forecasting and planning the City's infrastructure and services for the citizens and businesses of Toronto. The Survey is a unique resource in Canada for the private and public sectors.

The 2017 Survey

The 2017 Toronto Employment Survey began May 8, 2017 and runs until August, 2017. You can expect a visit from a City Planning surveyor to count your business in.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

ExpandHow the Survey Works

Throughout the summer, surveyors from the City Planning Division's Policy & Research section visit each and every business establishment in the City of Toronto. That's over 75,710 locations. The surveyors collect information about the number of employees working there, and the type of work that is taking place. No other programme relates Toronto employment and land use.

Your information is confidential

The information collected is treated as strictly confidential. The data is only released to the public in aggregate form. This allows employment patterns to be studied without revealing specific information on individual businesses.

We need you

The continued success of this important survey depends on the co-operation and assistance of the City's business community. We rely on each business establishment to provide us with information on the number of full- and part-time employees as well as the type of employment activity taking place at each location.

Watch out for a surveyor at your business this summer and count your business in.

Expand2016 Survey Results

This revised bulletin summarizes the results of the 34th annual Toronto Employment Survey and provides an analysis of changes in Toronto's economy over the past decade. The bulletin reports on key employment trends by sector, and on evolving employment patterns across the City and in Downtown, the Centres, Employment Areas, and Secondary Plan areas. This edition of the bulletin also discusses the survey's improvements to usage and validation of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) coding, and assesses coverage of establishments across the city through a comparison of survey data to data from Statistics Canada's Business Register and Environics Analytics' Business Locations.



  • The 2016 survey counted 1,461,020 jobs, an increase of 38,740 jobs or 2.7% from Toronto's overall employment base in 2015. 
  • Full-time employment has surpassed the 1 million mark for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Part-time jobs increased by 8.4% from 2015, an addition of 28,760 jobs.
  • The Office category remains the largest sector in Toronto, accounting for almost 1 out of every 2 jobs.
  • In 2016, approximately 600,560 jobs were located in Toronto’s Downtown and Centres, 41.1% of all jobs.
  • North York Centre, with 40,320 jobs, remains Toronto’s largest employment Centre after Downtown.
  • Yonge-Eglinton Centre has Toronto’s highest employment density of any Centre with over 30,000 jobs per km2.
  • In 2016, 398,350 jobs were located in Employment Areas, or 27.3% of all jobs in Toronto.
  • The survey counted 75,290 establishments in 2016, a net loss of 420 establishments.
  • 79.5% of all Manufacturing establishments and 92.8% of all Manufacturing jobs are in Employment Areas.
  • The Community and Entertainment category added the most establishments in 2016, increasing by 550 or 27.6% since 2015.