Green Solar EnergyOptical technology used in the manufacture of photovoltaic solar panels at Toronto-based Morgan Solar.


A growing number of Canada's leading environmental innovators call Toronto home. More than 36,000 people are employed in over 1,700 Toronto-area companies that provide alternative energy and cleantech products and services.

ExpandDefining Toronto's Green Sector

Economic activities that restore, preserve, or enhance environmental quality, reduce energy, materials and water consumption, de-carbonize the economy and minimize or altogether avoid the generation of all forms of waste and pollution.

Sub Sectors:

1. Renewable Energy

Businesses engaged in the production or distribution of energy that is collected from resources that are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

2. Green Buildings

Businesses engaged in building practices, structures and processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This also includes businesses that incorporate building integrated photovoltaics.

3. Sustainable Transport

Businesses involved in transportation that is sustainable in areas of social, environmental and climate impacts. Components include vehicles used for road, water or air transport; the source of energy; and the infrastructure used to accommodate the transport (roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals and terminals). Another component is pipelines for transporting liquid or gas materials.

4. Land, Water and Waste Management & Remediation/ Environmental Consulting

Businesses engaged in compliance consulting; in planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of land and water resources; and in the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal (this includes collection, transport, treatment and disposal, as well as monitoring and regulation).

5. Green/ Clean Technology

Business involved in the production or sale of technology intended to mitigate or reverse the effects of human activity on the environment.

6. Bio-Products

Businesses involved in the production or sale of products that are wholly or partly derived from biomass, including plants and trees.

ExpandMajor Players/ Key Companies (with (local) headquarters in Toronto)

Clean Energy

  • Bullfrog Power
  • Toronto Hydro
  • Morgan Solar
  • En Wave
  • Longyuan Power
  • Enbala
  • Siemens
  • QD Solar
  • Celestica
  • Siemens
  • Strathcona


Green Buildings

  • Tremco
  • EcoBee
  • Enermodal Engineering
  • (Stantec)
  • (CH2M)
  • SNC Lavalin
  • (MMM/WSP Group)
  • HOK Group (120 employees)

Sustainable Transport

  • Car2Go
  • ZENN
  • (MMM/WSP Group)
  • TTC
  • Metrolinx

Resource Management

  • GFL (Green for Life) (Vaughn)
  • (Stantec)
  • (CH2M)
  • (MMM/WSP Group)

Bio Products

ExpandEducation and Research Institutions

$10,626,434 in NSERC funding for research solar, wind, design and environmental management at Toronto research institutions (for 2015-2016 fiscal year).

Additional programs:

  • The Ontario Solar academy; Ontario Sustainable Energy Association; Schüco Solar; Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)

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