Publications & Reports

Publications and reports by sector


  • Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto
    The Creative Capital Gains report presents six recommendations and 33 specific action items to strengthen Toronto’s economy and enhance our place as a leading international cultural centre. The report was developed by an advisory council Co-Chaired by Robert J. Foster, CEO, Capital Canada; Karen Kain, Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada; and Jim Prentice, Vice-Chair, CIBC.
  • Creative City Planning Framework
    The Creative City Planning Framework provides a larger planning and policy context within which to situate a range of existing and future plans, policies and initiatives to ultimately build the capacity of the City of Toronto to realize its potential as a creative city.
  • From the Ground Up: Growing Toronto's Cultural Sector
    With a new model for visualizing Toronto's cultural economy, the From the Ground Up report offers planning resources to maintain Toronto's strong growth in creative industries. This report provides an understanding of where cultural work occurs and where it could be further cultivated.


  • Competing on Creativity: Placing Ontario's Cities in North American Context 
    To be successful in the emerging creative age, regions must develop, attract and retain talented and creative people. Creative people are drawn to environments that are open to creativity and diversity of all sorts. This report examines the relationship between talent, technology, creativity and diversity in city-regions in Ontario and Canada.
  • Design sector profile 
    The success of Toronto’s design cluster arises from the convergence of creativity and problem solving skills of an expertly trained design workforce, sophisticated clients and quality standards that have evolved from competitive and cooperative creative endeavours. The result is a highly developed environment for selling design innovation and commercialization around the globe.
  • Making the LINK: Advancing Design as a Vehicle for Innovation and Economic Development
    Design is an integral part of innovation, but it is often not used effectively. Design has application in sectors and industries across the economy and can make products and processes more environmentally sustainable; and can contribute to increased quality of life in cities and regions. This study details the utilization gap and offers recommendations to correct it.


  • Fashion/apparel sector profile 
    Buyers worldwide recognize the quality and value of Toronto-based designer labels, while global apparel companies count on the city’s many acclaimed manufacturers for superb craftsmanship, quick turn-around times, flexibility and reliable service. Toronto’s dynamic fashion industry is turning more heads than ever.

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Financial services

  • Doing More Business with China: Why Canada Needs a Renminbi Hub
    Over the past decade, China has become Canada’s second largest and fastest growing commercial partner. With exports reaching $20 billion in 2013 and imports having tripled to $52 billion, the potential for future growth is enormous. This report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce examines the benefits a renminbi trading hub would have on the Canadian economy.
  • Partnership and Action - Mobilizing Toronto's Financial Sector for Global Advantage
    Nine recommendations to enhance the Toronto Region’s global competitiveness as a financial centre are categorized in three central themes: Build leading hubs; Align for success; Fortify competitive foundations. An ambitious but achievable target has been set: for Toronto to become one of the two most important financial centres in North America and among the top 10 globally by 2015.
  • Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education and Innovation
    Creation of a Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education and Innovation will be a key element in building on the quality of the Toronto region’s talent and educational offerings, assisting the region to grow as a global financial services capital. This report outlines the benefits of a Toronto region Centre of Excellence for the financial services sector.
  • Talent Matters - A Study of the Toronto Financial Service Industry Talent Market
    The future growth and competitiveness of the Toronto financial services industry will rely on its ability to address escalating talent challenges. The industry is not expecting to face a “talent crisis” in the near-term; however, industry leaders recognize that technical skills are in short supply, competition for talent is increasingly fierce, and significant talent shortages will follow.

Food and beverage

  • Food and beverage sector profile
    Toronto’s food and beverage cluster is the third largest – and the fastest growing – in North America. What feeds its success? First, a remarkable level of product development driven by ethnic diversity (and therefore a strong demand for specialty foods) as well as a highly innovative retail community. Second, a co-packing industry that is nimble, flexible and open to change.
  • Food Industry Outlook: A Study of the Food Industry Growth Trends in Toronto
    Commissioned by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) and the City of Toronto, the Food Industry Outlook report provides a better understanding of the physical infrastructure and spatial needs to accommodate the present and future growth of the food industry cluster in Toronto.
  • Food & Farming: An Action Plan 2021, Golden Horsesho Agriculture & Agri-Food Strategy
    This Food and Farming Action Plan for the Golden Horseshoe provides a blueprint for supporting and growing a thriving, integrated food and farming sector in the Golden Horseshoe. The plan focuses on enhancing competitiveness, promoting sustainability and removing barriers that stand in the way of achieving these goals.
  • Fresh Thinking: New directions for the Ontario Food Terminal
    The Ontario Food Terminal (OFT) is a wholesale distribution centre for fruit, vegetables and flowers located in Toronto. As the largest facility of its kind in Canada, the OFT is an essential element of Ontario’s food distribution system and to the country as a whole. This report provides an overview of the governing OFT policy and presents options for expanding the OFT’s capacity.
  • GTA Agricultural Action Plan - February 2005
    The agricultural industry contributes significantly to the economy and quality of life in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The GTA Agricultural Action Plan provides practical strategic directions to help keep the GTA agricultural industry competitive in the face of the economic, land use and environmental pressures.
  • 2010 Toronto Food Sector Update
    This follow-up report to the Food Industry Outlook report published in 2002 provides a statistical review of growth and developments in the sector and explores emerging trends in consumer preferences and demands that are actively transforming product and service offerings and processing operations.
  • Toronto Labour Force Readiness Plan: The Food-Processing Industry in the Toronto Region
    Toronto has several traditional advantages as a location for the food processing industry: access to a large labour pool; and a centrally located large market. This report analyzes the state of this sector’s labour force, looking at the skill levels, pay grades educational attainment and demographics to provide employment trends for the industry.
  • Toronto's Proposed International Food Processing & Innovation Centre (IFPIC)
    The support and establishment of an International Food Processing and Innovation Centre (IFPIC) in Toronto would provide available food-grade industrial space in the city fulfilling the current void for commercialization space for small and medium sized companies. It will also provide more opportunities for area farm products to be sold into the local processing industry.


Information and Communications Technology

  • Canada's High-Tech Hub: Toronto (March 2011)
    A full 30 per cent of Canada's Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industry is based in the Toronto region. The region remains the nation's centre for ICT research and development, and is enjoying sustained growth and high employment. The Toronto region is also on the leading-edge of innovation accounting for 30 per cent of total nationwide research and development activity.
  • Information and Communications Technology in the Toronto Region
    This report published by the Toronto Region Research Alliance provides an overview of the ICT Cluster in Canada, and the Toronto region. The Toronto region showcases significant assets in the ICT sector. Strong post-secondary educational institutions; a history of innovation and significant ICT research funding; experts in emerging technologies as well as a competitive cost structure attractive to investors combine to enable Toronto’s ICT sector thrive globally.


  • Premier-Ranked Tourist Destination Project Research Summary December 2007
    Based on the research and industry involvement, this plan makes recommendations that would enable Toronto to become a premier-ranked tourism destination. The tactics are categorized in three areas: address Toronto’s product and experience deficiencies; establish an annual tourism business management model; and increase the awareness and importance of the tourism sector.
  • Premier-Ranked Tourism Destination Project Research Report "Making Toronto The Best It Can Be" December 2007
    This report contains the research from a six-step evaluation and interpretation process to determine the current strength of Toronto’s tourism industry. The report presents an inventory of tourism resources and assets, outlines Toronto’s current competitive position in the tourism marketplace, and provides the foundation for a tourism development strategy.