TORONTO IS THE ANSWER FOR AI

Toronto Region is Home to the Highest Concentration of AI Startups in the World

From the MaRS Discovery District, to ventureLAB, to the Durham College AI/HUB, the support you need to grow your AI business is here.

In the past year, there were more new tech jobs added in the Toronto Region than New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area combined. In terms of job numbers, the Toronto Region has surpassed Boston, Chicago and Seattle. Our tech scene is booming – just ask Amazon, Etsy, GM and Samsung.

Recent AI Investments

NVIDIA (2018): NVIDIA announced plans to open an AI research facility to further explore novel approaches to deep learning. The team will be led by deep learning and computer vision expert and University of Toronto assistant professor Sanja Fidler.

Etsy (2018): Etsy chose Toronto as the location for its newest Machine Learning Center of Excellence, the first in Canada.

Samsung (2018): Opened a new R&D office which focuses on strengthening collaborative research with world-leading scholars in the AI field.

Uber (2017): New research hub to focus on developing AI for driverless vehicles, representing Uber’s first R&D operation outside of the United States.

OpenText (2017): New flexible AI platform that combines open source machine learning with advanced analysis to acquire, merge, manage, and analyze big data.

Thomson Reuters (2016): Opened a new “Toronto Technology Centre” to house their cognitive computing activities. The decision was driven by the region’s technology strengths in data visualization and artificial intelligence.

General Motors (2016): Committed to growing its engineering workforce in Markham to 1,000 to focus on autonomous vehicle software.

  • NVIDIA
  • etsy
  • samsung
  • uber
  • opentext
  • thompson-reuters
  • gm
Inside Toronto's AI Ecosystem
THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HAS COMMITTED TO SUSTAINING ITS LEADERSHIP IN AI BY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF MASTER’S GRADUATES TO 1,000 WITHIN FIVE YEARS.

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University of Toronto

Ranks tenth in list of 50 best computer science schools in the world by 2017 QS World University Rankings.
Ranks among top five public universities for global employability by Times Higher Education.
Ranks among the world’s largest institutions in terms of faculty and student bodies focusing on AI research.

Talent

40% Toronto Region has seen a 40% increase in software developers and data analysts in the past five years
25% The Ontario government has committed to increasing the number of post-secondary STEM graduates by 25% over the next five years from 40,000 to 50,000 – making the province the top producer of STEM graduates in North America
11+ The Toronto Region’s 11 universities and colleges, and many specialized training institutions offer significant opportunities for industry-academic partnerships

VECTOR INSTITUTE

The new Vector Institute is an independent, non-profit research institution dedicated to the transformative field of artificial intelligence, excelling in deep learning and machine learning. Notable corporate partners are Google, Shopify, Loblaws, Accenture, Thomson Reuters, Magna International, NVIDIA, Uber, Air Canada, and all fi ve major Canadian banks.

Under the guidance of Chief Scientific Advisor, Geoffrey Hinton, the “Godfather of AI” – “the Vector Institute will build on Canada’s outstanding pool of globally recognized AI expertise by training, attracting and retaining more top researchers who want to lead the world in machine learning and deep learning research, while having the flexibility to work on commercial applications with companies or in their own startups.

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Collision Tech Conference Moves to Toronto in 2019

North America’s fastest growing tech conference will be moving to North America’s fastest growing tech region when Collision heads to Toronto from 2019 - 2021. This marks the first time the conference will be held outside the U.S. and is a testament to both the Toronto Region’s momentum as a hub for tech and innovation, and Canada’s reputation as a diverse and inclusive place to live and work.