Industry and Labour
The City’s strong and very diverse industrial base produces everything from plastics and packaging to auto parts, research and development, distribution, food processing and customer contact centres. Belleville has state-of-the-art communication infrastructure, consisting of digital switching and fibre optic cabling.
The City of Belleville also offers:
- Inexpensive fully serviced industrial land ready to go; industrial buildings available at very affordable rents
- Competitive tax rates for industrial and commercial developments
- No development charges for industrial development
Strong work ethics and high retention rates are characteristics of the local labour force, which is one of the greatest benefits of doing business in Belleville. The quality of life that Belleville offers plays a great role in attracting job seekers from outside of the region to the City.
Labour is generally drawn from a 40-50 km radius around the City of Belleville, representing a population base of more than 210,000 skilled and unskilled, motivated people. The Greater Quinte Area’s labour force numbers are 100,000 strong.
Our labour force tends to be more highly trained in the skilled trade areas, which is a significant reason for the strong and diverse industrial sector located in the City of Belleville.
Overall, the population of this community is more highly educated than in Ontario and Canada as a whole, but post secondary education is more strongly oriented towards technical training than university.
Employment and unemployment rates for the City of Belleville are calculated by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), a department of the Government of Canada which maintains a regional office in the City of Belleville. HRDC publishes information on a regional basis and the City of Belleville is included in their economic region 515.
This region also includes the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington and Renfrew.
An additional factor in ensuring there is always a large available labour pool, but which is not reflected in the published statistics, is the inordinately high level of seasonal or part-time employment in the Belleville area.
Many of these people are under-employed and eager to apply their skills in areas more aligned with their interests. For these reasons, new employers are able to easily recruit qualified and fully-trained staff. This reduces start-up costs and improves production start-up schedules.
Canada has the second lowest manufacturing wages in the G-7, and Belleville offers some of the most competitive wages in the country, ranging from just over $10.25 per hour to $22.00 per hour and up for skilled labour.
Community Resume Database Program
The City of Belleville maintains an employee database program that local businesses can access.