There are two major reasons a person might suddenly decide to move to a different city. The first is for a job, the second is to attend school. Even if you don't need a job or a school right now, it's a good idea to find out what's available in the area before you commit. After all, you don't want to assume you'll find a job and then end up on unemployment insurance. Family relationships have been ruined by less, so do your research. This article will give you an overview of the employment and education prospects in Burlington.
The most common type of job held by residents of Burlington is one that is located outside of the city. Burlington is a commuter suburb where folks who work in downtown Toronto come to buy cheap real estate. Commuting from Burlington to Toronto by car takes an average of 45 minutes in light traffic (closer to 2 hours at rush hour). Taking the GO Train, which connects central Burlington to downtown Toronto, takes 1 hour no matter what time of day it is.
If you want to work closer to home (i.e. actually in Burlington) you may be surprised by how many options there are on offer. As part of the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, Burlington dabbles in both farming/food production and manufacturing. You might find yourself making parts for a Toronto taxi, but more likely you'll find a home in the technology industry, which is growing. Sales, business, and health care are also large fields for both men and women in Burlington. The unemployment rate is about 5%.
As a bedroom community, Burlington has a lot of children, and therefore it has a large number of public schools administered by the Halton District School Board. Parents have three options when it comes to public schools: secular, Catholic, or French Immersion, and there are also about a dozen private schools (including Christian and Montessori options) to choose from.
Burlington is not a major destination for post secondary education. There are several career colleges, such as Trillium College and a satellite campus of Australian post secondary school Charles Sturt University located in town, but if your aspirations go beyond, you can just travel a few minutes to Hamilton to attend McMaster University.