London, in Southwestern Ontario, balances big city amenities with a sense of community not often seen in urban areas. Its safe surrounds and many recreational facilities, including sporting fields, golf courses, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, are particularly appealing to local families.
Cost of living in London is low and there are a range of affordable and good quality housing options to suit all budgets. Singles love renting downtown apartments, while most families opt for the inexpensive homes in London's suburbs.
London ON Job Opportunities
London has one of Ontario's most diverse economies, so no matter your expertise, you should find work in the local area. A range of globally recognised companies, including 3M, STIHL, McCormick Canada and Trojan Technologies all have their Canadian headquarters in London.
Healthcare is also a key industry, with jobs in Ontario available at St. Joseph's Hospital, the London Health Sciences Centre and Medpoint Healthcare Centre. Positions at London educational institutions including Western University and its sister colleges, Fanshawe College and schools managed by the Thames Valley District and London District Catholic School Boards will help further the careers of local education professionals.
Retail jobs in London, ON, can be found in White Oaks Mall, Masonville Place, Northland Mall, Westmount Shopping Centre and the city's ever-increasing range of big box stores. Job prospects in this sector look strong as studies suggest London could support an extra 93,000 square metres of retail space by 2026.
London, ON Employment Trends
London's location along the North American Free Trade Agreement superhighway has been vital in the growth of local businesses. In May 2015, 6.1 per cent of London's population were unemployed, 0.4 per cent less than were unemployed the month before. This puts unemployment in London far below other nearby cities including Barrie (9.9 per cent) and Windsor (20 per cent).