City divisions

Economic Development & Culture

The 304 skilled professionals working with the Economic Development & Culture Division are committed to making Toronto a place where business and culture thrive.

Our objective is to advance Toronto's prosperity, opportunity and liveability by:

  • contributing to the growth of Toronto's economy by fostering employment and investment opportunities
  • encouraging Toronto's cultural vibrancy through more and enhanced cultural expressions and experiences
  • engaging partners in the planning and development of the City's economic and cultural resources

Economic Development & Culture delivers services and programs through the following sections:

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Key Divisional Strategies


Collaborating for Competitiveness

Since receiving City Council endorsement on February 20, 2013, staff have been working to implement key recommendations and action items outlined within the Collaborating for Competitiveness – A Strategic Plan to Accelerate Economic Growth and Job Creation in Toronto.

Creative Capital Gains

Applause filled the City Hall Council Chamber May 18, 2011, as Councillors voted unanimously to approve a revamped culture plan. Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, pictured, rose to thank Robert Foster, Karen Kain and Jim Prentice who co-chaired an advisory council of arts and business experts who worked with City staff to draft the report in record time.

"We believe that the recommendations and action plan it contains can help strengthen Toronto’s economy and enhance our competitive advantage on the world stage,” said Councillor Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre). “Culture is an economic catalyst we can and must maximize for the benefit of all our communities."