The Toronto Region is home to world-leading talent and
companies in semiconductor and hardware engineering and has a broad base of manufacturers, providing a
rich environment for collaboration and partnership.
…And Toronto Global can help you get here!
We’re dedicated to delivering innovative solutions tailored to your specific business needs, to set
the stage for your success in the business and financial capital of Canada.
Your success is our business. Since 2017, our elite team of business advisors have helped
over 100 international companies set up their businesses in Canada through a simple, yet highly effective
framework. Our team can:
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Greater Toronto’s York Region, located in the northern part of the Toronto Region,
provides a strong opportunity for hardware firms. A booming tech hub, it has a high concentration of
multinational, enterprise-level firms. From manufacturing to design and engineering, York Region is
well-positioned across the hardware sector thanks to its central location and leading-edge talent.
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Strong quality of life attracts seasoned and experienced talent. More than 60,000 tech-based jobs are found
in York Region, and 290,000 in the Toronto Region; companies are assured a strong talent pipeline.
The diverse, multicultural and multilingual talent pool in the Toronto Region is second to none; however,
if you need to supplement your team with additional resources, our welcoming immigration system allows you
to bring in more experienced workers to add specialized talent to your workforce.
York Region’s tech companies are scale-ups focused on business-to-business and enterprise-scale
solutions in areas such as enterprise software, IT services, cloud computing, networking, and
With a regional population of 1.2 million people in York Region, the area is one of the fastest-growing
metros in Canada. This makes York Region a rich source of a diversified talent and office opportunities.
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IBM's Canadian head office, located north of Toronto in the tech hub of Markham, York Region, hosts the
company's largest team of software engineers outside the U.S., with more than 2,000 employees.
Qualcomm has three offices in Canada, including two in Markham, York Region, with over 400 employees.
Intel recently set up a new engineering lab for graphics processing units (GPUs) in North York, just south
of Markham, adding to its 400+ employees working on microprocessors and CPU-based IP.
AMD has deep roots in Markham, York Region, with a current workforce of more than 2,000. The team is
uniquely specialized in Canada for its development of leading-edge semiconductors.
Swedish-based Veoneer is a worldwide leader in automotive technology with a major presence in Markham, York
Region. Over 750 employees are based here.
Canada’s only incubator of hardware and silicon-focused solutions, located in IBM
Canada’s headquarters in Markham, York Region.
ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative is a 12 to 24-month program dedicated to
supporting both silicon and hardware companies as they scale their companies to compete globally.
The Hardware Catalyst
(HCI) is Canada’s first hardware and silicon-focused lab and incubator. This
competitive program supports companies building foundational technologies that create transformative sectors
like AI, quantum computing, 5G, IoT, UAV, virtual reality, and beyond. The HCI helps SMEs accelerate their
time to market in a sector that normally incurs lengthy entry and scale times, enabling Canadian hardware and
silicon companies to grow and scale locally, and compete globally.
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Toronto’s York Region?
Toronto Global worked with Cerebras Systems, a computer systems company dedicated to accelerating deep
learning, in its expansion to the Toronto Region. Drawn to the region's globally renowned and growing
technology sector, Cerebras established an Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence in the Toronto
Region, with plans to triple its engineering team in the coming year.
Amazon (2018): 2018 was a big year for Amazon in the Toronto Region. In June, Amazon committed to expanding its R&D presence by adding 200 software engineers, programmers and developers to its workforce that already employs 800 people. Another 2,000 employees are located across their fulfilment centres in Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, and Caledon. In December 2018, Amazon firmly planted its foot in Toronto by opening a 113,000 square-foot office in downtown Toronto to accommodate 600 new jobs.
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Uber (2017/2018): In 2017, Uber launched a research group devoted to driverless car technology in Toronto, creating a third hub, and its first outside the U.S. In 2018, Uber announced plans to invest an additional $200 million in its Toronto operations to focus on engineering, self-driving car technology and to launch Uber Express Pool.
Samsung (2018): Samsung is setting up an engineering office in Toronto, focusing on artificial intelligence. This allows the company to tap into the rich AI ecosphere and talent pool.
Tech Mahindra (2018): This Indian-based digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering service and solutions company announced plans to develop a $100 million Centre of Excellence for AI and blockchain solutions.
Cognizant (2018): recently opened a new 50,000 square-foot technology and services delivery centre in Mississauga, which will house training rooms, a digital lab, delivery centre, co-innovation space, and up to 600 employees.
Fujitsu Laboratories (2017): Fujitsu announced a new R&D development centre in Toronto to create the next breakthroughs in quantum-inspired computing as part of a new partnership with the University of Toronto.
General Motors (2016): GM launched a dedicated Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) in Markham, a city located in York Region. The building supports 1,000 employees, including 700 dedicated engineers. The facility supports work on GM’s advanced driver assistance features, its fully autonomous vehicle program, and infotainment centre design and improvements.