"Toronto is emerging as a technology hub and attracting increased investment, including ours, because of forward thinking government and amazing access to technology, an incredible talent pool and leading educational institutions, as well as industries and markets in healthcare and financial services."

Dr. Rick Huijbregts, VP of Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada


Toronto is the largest centre of education, research and innovation in Canada. The breadth and depth of Toronto’s internationally-renowned educational institutions play an integral role in its ability to attract the best businesses and the brightest minds. Innovative post-secondary programs such as the DMZ at Ryerson UniversityOCAD University’s Strategic Innovation LabHumber College's HumberLaunch entrepreneurship program; George Brown College’s Food Innovation and Research Studio; Sheridan College’s Oscar-winning animation program; and York University’s new academic-industry joint venture to fund 3D Film Innovation, support skills development as well as incubate and accelerate new companies. 

Toronto’s leading-edge manufacturing industry benefits from programs such as Seneca College’s Office of Research and Innovation, which offers a focus on applied research in manufacturing, and the University of Toronto’s Mechanical and Industrial Engineering program, which houses a research laboratory focused on advanced manufacturing and materials engineering.

Education Services Sector

A leader in academia at all levels of learning; Toronto is a progressive, education-focused city with one of the most highly educated populations in the world.

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Facts & Figures

Best economy for young people
-Accelerating Pathways, Citi Foundation and Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015

Toronto’s eight publicly funded post-secondary institutions collectively enrolled 245,508 full-time students in 2014

The DMZ at Ryerson ranked top university-based incubator in North America
- UBI Global, 2015