Manufacturing Heartland

Advanced Manufacturing Sector Brochure cover with download button The Toronto Region is located in one of North America's manufacturing heartlands. The advanced manufacturing sector in Canada is ranked as having the greatest overall cost advantage of all G-7 economies, and placed first of all 11 selected sub-sectors surveyed.

Tariff-Free Zone

The Government of Canada has announced the elimination of over 1,500 tariffs on manufacturing inputs, machinery and equipment. This made Canada the first country in the G-20 to become a tariff-free zone for manufacturers, and intensified the competitiveness of Canadian companies around the world.

Automotive and Aerospace Hubs

The strength of the automotive and aerospace industries in the region keeps us at the forefront of cutting edge innovation and discovery. The Province of Ontario is home to Canada’s second largest aerospace cluster, with 21,000 employees working in over 300 companies. In the Toronto Region alone, there are over 15,000 people working in nearly 150 establishments. In addition, the recently formed Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Consortium, a collaboration between academia and industry supported by all three levels of government, will be a world leader in R&D and Innovation. DAIR is the centrepiece of the growing Downsview Aerospace Campus Hub at the heart of the Toronto Region aerospace cluster.

Durham Region, home to General Motors (GM), is a major hub for motor vehicle and parts manufacturing. The Province of Ontario is an automotive manufacturing giant, boasting advanced R&D facilities, world-class academic institutions and leading-edge businesses that collaborate to transform ideas into globally traded commercial products. With over 104,000 skilled autoworkers in the province, we remain at the forefront of vehicle technology research, and we are home to some of the most sophisticated R&D facilities anywhere. Your business should be innovating here to take advantage of our competitive costs, highly skilled and dynamic workforce, and the right infrastructure to bring new ideas and products to market.

Leading Centre For Emerging Technologies

The Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Davis Campus), located in Brampton, is a leading centre for emerging technologies, science and business. Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design (CAMDT) is a 40,000 square foot technology institute for students, manufacturers and industry partners to develop highly specialized manufacturing and design equipment. CAMDT is a learning environment for students and a testing platform for local manufacturing and industry; a facility where students, industry partners and faculty experts come together to learn, apply, collaborate and innovate.

“MDA, a global leader in space and communications technology, is making a name for Brampton in space. The Canadarm used by NASA is a real Canadian success story made right here in Brampton.”
– Craig Thornton, General Manager, Robotics and Automation, MDA