Vaughan - a growing suburban town with population of approximately 240,000 in 2006 - is located in the Northern outskirts of Ontario's Greater Toronto Area, in the south-western part of York Region, and East of Mississauga and Brampton. After Markham, Vaughan has the second largest market for jobs in York Region.
According to the Fairy Lake Jobs Hiring Index report, jobs in Vaughan accounts for about 17% of all employment opportunities advertised online in York Region, with 700 to 750 new jobs being posted online each month. From June 2010 to June 2011 there was an increase of 49 percent of postings for jobs in Vaughan. Vaughan is home of some well known employers, including Canada's national headquarters of Toys R Us, Grand and Toy, KIK Corp, OZZ Corporation. However, unlike many other towns in metropolitan Toronto, the employment market of Vaughan is not dominated by any single employer or group of employers, and is in fact quite diverse. Many people choose to live in Vaughan because its convenient location within the GTA allows easy daily commuting to other major employment centres nearby, including Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, and Brampton. Full-time jobs in Vaughan has a higher-than-average percentage compared to York Region's average: In 2007, well over 90% of all new jobs in Vaughan advertised online were for full-time jobs, while in Newmarket, for example, this percentage was only about 80%.
Similarly to Markham, most jobs in Vaughan are dominant in business, finance and administration occupations, sales and service occupations, and management occupations. However, the industries providing the most jobs in Vaughan are business services, manufacturing, and retail trade.
Vaughan was recently designated by the Provincial Government of Ontario as one of the centres in which the province would like to concentrate population growth in the near future. Vaughan is home of one of the biggest Italian ethnic communities in Canada. Italian-Canadians comprise about 44% of the population of Vaughan. Other large ethnic communities in Vaughan are Jewish (about 17%), Chinese (4%), Russian (about 4%), Polish (about 3%). Vaughan is located just North of Toronto's Etobicoke area, and about 35 kilometers North of Downtown Toronto. People of British Isles origin form a smaller percentage than in many other southern Ontario cities. The town of Vaughan includes the communities of Maple, Concord, Woodbridge, the Western half of Thornhill and can be reached from Toronto by car using HWY400. There is also a local commuter train and bus service between Union Station in Toronto and Vaughan, operated by Toronto's GO Transit. Vaughan is home of Canada's Wonderland (Canada's largest amusement park - located in Vaughan's Maple neighbourhood).
Richmond Hill - a growing suburban town - is located just North of Toronto, and in the Southern part of York Region. Richmond Hill, along with the two other Southern York Region communities Vaughan and Markham, is one of the most affluent communities in York Region.
According to the Fairy Lake Jobs Hiring Index statistics, jobs in Richmond Hill account for between 10% and 20% of all employment opportunities advertised online in York Region, with 400 to 500 new jobs being posted online each month. From June 2010 to June 2011 there was an increase of 43 percent of postings for jobs in Richmond Hill. The town's largest employers include Home Depot, York Central Hospital, Staples, O'Hara technologies, and others. Some well- known IT companies have a significant presence in the area, including Open Text Corp., Inteqna, and others. Many of the Richmond Hill's residents commute daily to Toronto, Markham, Vaughan, and other suburban communities.
The top three occupations for jobs in Richmond Hill are business, finance and administration, sales and service, and management. According to industry, jobs in Richmond Hill are dominant in business services, finance and real estate, and retail trade. As of the 2006 Census Report from Statistics Canada, Richmond Hill had a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.4 percent.
Richmond Hill was designated by the Provincial Government of Ontario as one of the centres in which the province would like to focus population growth in the near future. It is located about 25 km north of downtown Toronto, and can be reached from Toronto by car using Highway 404 or Highway 400. There is also a local commuter train and bus service between Union Station in Toronto and Richmond Hill, operated by Toronto's GO Transit, allowing opportunity for residents of the Greater Toronto Area to obtain jobs in Richmond Hill.