The Knowledge Creation District (KCD) is dominated by the presence of the health care and social assistance, and educational services sectors. Together these sectors account for approximately 65% of the jobs in the District, supported by the hospitals and post-secondary institutions that serve as key anchors of economic activity in the region.
The pandemic has caused significant upheaval in both sectors but in markedly different ways. Health care workers, a key line of defense against the pandemic, have continued to work with great risk to their own health. In contrast, universities and colleges – which historically have attracted tens of thousands of domestic and international students – were forced to shut down, with important economic ramifications for the regional economy.
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Stats at a Glance: Knowledge Creation District
>160k Employment (2016)
41% Employees with Remote Work Capacity (% share)
# of Businesses
(Dec. 2018, 1+ employees):
- Small (1-19): 5,920
- Medium (20-99): 540
- Large (100+): 130
Top 3 Sectors by Employment (% share):
- Health care and social assistance (44%)
- Educational services (22%)
- Professional, scientific and technical services (5%)
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