Aurora – a growing suburban town with population of approximately 50,000 in 2006 – is located on the Northern outskirts of Ontario’s Greater Toronto Area, and in the centre of York Region. Aurora is in the Northern section of the Oak Ridges Moraine - the greenbelt area North of Toronto. The town is known for being home of the headquarters of Magna International - a worldwide leading manufacturers of automobile parts.
According to the Fairy Lake Jobs Hiring Index statistics, the job market in Aurora accounts for about 5% of all new employment opportunities advertised online in York Region, with 200 to 250 new jobs being posted online each month. The town’s employment market is dominated by Magna International and State Farm Insurance (another employer that has its Canadian Headquarters in Aurora). Aurora is also the home of one of Walmart's first retail supercentres in Canada. The town is located just south of Newmarket, and the communities and economies of Aurora and Newmarket are closely linked. Aurora and Newmarket also form a single electoral district, both at a provincial and at a federal level. Many of Aurora’s residents commute daily to Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan. Aurora (similarly to Newmarket) has a higher-than-average percentage of part-time jobs compared to towns in the Southern part of York Region: In 2007, about 20% of all new jobs located in Aurora advertised online were for part-time jobs, while in Markham and Vaughan, for example, this percentage was only 10%.
Aurora is located about 45 kms (30 miles) North of downtown Toronto, and can be reached from Toronto by car using HWY404 or HWY400. There is also a local commuter train and bus service between Union Station in Toronto and Newmarket, operated by Toronto’s GO Transit.
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