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Key Business Sectors

Toronto has one of the most diverse economies in North America and provides companies with an equally rich mix of partners, suppliers and talented professionals to meet the demands of business today.

The region's output is one where no single industry or sector dominates. The three largest industries include (by percentage of GDP): Financial Services (14%), Real Estate (14%), and Wholesale and Retail Trade (12%).

When combined with government services and policies that encourage growth and innovation, Toronto's abundant resources attract entrepreneurs growing businesses for a contemporary, knowledge-based economy.

Access to skilled talent as well as public and private support services has strengthened many of Toronto's industries, including its thriving technology sector.

Toronto consistently outperforms other cities, with one of the most diverse economies in North America supporting a variety of key business sectors…

Employment in the Business Services sector by occupation.
Employment in the Business Services sector by sub-sector.
Break down of employment in the Creative Industries by its sub-sectors.
Employment in the sub-sectors of the interactive digital media industry in Ontario.
Employment in the Film and Television sector by industry.
Employment in the Food and Beverage sector by industry.
A breakdown of employment in the Manufacturing and Materials sector by sub-sector.
The tables lists a variety of organizations and agencies in Ontario that support innovation in the ICT sector.
Summary statistics of the interactive digital media industry in Ontario and Canada.
The concentration of Canada's 250 largest ICT companies that are headquartered in the Toronto region.
List of the top 6 accounting firms in the Toronto region
report
A Bright Green Future, Clean-Tech Asset Map
An analysis of the convergence of technology, policy and capital in Ontario
Year: 2010
Categories: Clean Technology and Green Energy
report
Accelerating Toronto's Music Industry Growth

Year: 2012
Categories: Music
report
Beyond borders: Global biotechnology report
The annual report analyzes key indicators of the industry’s performance: financing activity, deal trends, financial results, pipeline strength and product approvals.
Year: 2011
Categories: Life Science
report
Bio-Medical Sector and Initiatives
Report on Toronto's Bio-medical Sectors.
Year: 2010
Categories: Life Science
report
CANADA’S HIGH-TECH HUB
As one of the world’s leading ICT and media hubs, Toronto has a rich technology ecosystem with remarkable breadth and depth. Located in a major urban centre, Toronto’s ICT sector thrives on the rapid innovation and introduction of new chnologies that stem from collaboration with a diverse range of sectors – for example, healthcare, education, social, cleantech, media and entertainment. The City’s ICT sector is constantly evolving with impressive growth being driven by a wide array of segments such as cloud computing, mobile platforms and applications
Year: 2010
Categories: Business Toronto, Information and Communications Technology
report
Canada's High-Tech Hub: Toronto
This discussion paper has been prepared to provide participants at Technicity 2010
with a brief overview of Toronto’s ICT sector. It attempts to capture the salient
characteristics of an industry that continues to re-invent itself.
Year: 2010
Categories: Business Environment, Information and Communications Technology
report
Canadian Banks 2011: Perspectives on the Canadian banking industry
Report demonstrates the strengths and confidence of the Canadian banking system post-recession, in a changing regulatory environment.
Year: 2011
Categories: Business Toronto, Finance
report
Canadian Banks 2012: Perspectives on the Canadian banking industry
Report demonstrates the strengths and confidence of the Canadian banking system post-recession, in a changing regulatory environment.
Year: 2012
Categories: Business Toronto, Finance
report
Creative City Planning Framework
As a part of the Agenda for Prosperity, a creative city planning strategy has been developed to build on and enhance the creative capital of Toronto.
Year: 2008
Categories: Creative Industries
report
Economic Impact Analysis of the Sound Recording Industry in Canada

Year: 2012
Categories: Music
report
Every Day we ask ourselves what if? Collaborate and Discover: Ontario's Biopharma Cluster
Overview report of the biopharama sector focuses on collaboration and discovery in the Toronto region.
Year: 2008
Categories: Life Science
report
Financial Services: Canada's Competitive Advantages
A detailed report of Canada’s Financial Services Industry including information about FDI, innovation, skills and research, as well as the cost and competitive advantages of Canada’s Financial Services sector
Year: 2012
Categories: Finance
report
Funding Programs, Awards and Prizes Available to Ontario Clean-Tech Companies
Document is a compilation of federal and provincial funding sources, both private and public that apply to companies in the Cleantechnology Sector.
Year: N/A
Categories: Clean Technology and Green Energy
report
Funding Programs, Awards and Prizes Available to Ontario Life Science Companies
Document is a compilation of federal and provincial funding sources, both private and public that apply to companies in the Life Science Sector.
Year: N/A
Categories: Life Science
report
Funding Programs, Awards and Prizes Available to Ontario Technology Companies
Document is a compilation of federal and provincial funding sources, both private and public that apply to companies in the Technology Sector.
Year: N/A
Categories: Information and Communications Technology
report
Global Financial Centers 7
Profiles, ratings and rankings of 75 financial centers in terms of competitiveness.
Year: 2010
Categories: Finance
report
Global Financial Centers 8
Profiles, ratings and rankings of 75 financial centers in terms of competitiveness.
Year: 2010
Categories: Finance
report
Global Financial Centers 9
Profiles, ratings and rankings of 75 financial centers in terms of competitiveness.
Year: 2011
Categories: Business Toronto, Finance
report
Global Financial Development Report
Ranking of 55 of the world's leading financial systems and capital markets.
Year: 2011
Categories: Finance
report
Global Information Technology Report
Demonstrates role of ICT as it dramatically transforms the world, enables innovation and productivity increases, connects people and communities, and improves standards of living and opportunities across the globe.
Year: 2010-2011
Categories: Information and Communications Technology
report
Global Outlook Report
Guide to political, economic and regulatory changes in global FDI market, with a focus on greenfield investment.
Year: 2010
Categories: Finance
report
Greater Toronto Area Renewable Energy Opportunities
Report on the renewable energy sector in the GTA, including recent Ontario Green Energy Act policy adjustments, designed to develop a green energy economy.
Year: N/A
Categories: Green Energy
report
Islamic Finance Working Group: Making Toronto The North American Centre for Islamic Finance: Challenges and Opportunities
Set out in this initial report from the Islamic Finance Working Groupf are public policy issues that are relevant to promoting the development of an Islamic financial sector in Toronto.
Year: 2010
Categories: Finance
report
Marketing Innovative Drugs in Canada: Regulatory and IP Considerations
Introduction to the regulation and IP issues related to marketing innovative drugs in Canada
Year: 2009
Categories: Life Science
report
Media Digest
Key trends and details encompassing all Canadian media sectors
Year: 2011
Categories: Film & Television
report
Obtaining Patent Protection in Canada
Introduction to the Canadian patent system.
Year: 2009
Categories: Green Energy, ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Life Science, Talent
report
Ontario’s Entertainment & Creative Cluster: A Framework for Growth

This document lays out a vision for the continued growth and leadership of Ontario’s cultural and other creative industries including: film, television, publishing, music, commercial theatre and interactive digital media industries.

 

Year: 2010
Categories: Business Toronto, Creative Industries, Information and Communications Technology
report
Ontario's Life Sciences Commercialization Strategy
Report sheds light on the growing opportunity in the global life sciences sector and highlight's Ontario's competitive advantage. Includes  snapshots of pharmaceutical, medical and assistive devices, and biotech sectors , government incentives and funding programs.
Year: 2010
Categories: Life Science
report
Partnership in Action
Strategy of how to increase Toronto's competitiveness as an international finance center
Year: 2009
Categories: Finance
report
People, Planet & Profit: Catalyzing Growth & Environmental Quality in the Toronto Region
City of Toronto development strategy for the "green" sector
Year: 2007
Categories: Green Energy
report
S&P Ratio Highlights Disparate Capital Strength Among The World's Biggest Banks
The purpose of the report was to provide a snapshot, at a specific point in time, of the comparable capital position of the world's largest banks, based on our methodology for assessing capital adequacy on a globally consistent basis.
Year: 2009
Categories: Finance
report
STATE of DESIGN: The Canadian Report 2010
Industry Canada has partnered with the Design Exchange (DX) and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) to review the valuable service business function of PD&D. By collecting insights from the industry and international research organizations, and using economic modelling conducted by Industry Canada, this industry–government collaboration has produced a complete user/service provider profile of PD&D in Canada, summarized here in this report. This unique analysis is intended to help Canadian PD&D executives as well as decision makers understand current market trends and recognize the advantages of investing in PD&D to improve business competitiveness.
Year: 2010
Categories: Business Toronto, Creative Industries
report
The Place of Design: Exploring Ontario’s Design Economy
Comprehensive review of international best practices in the development and promotion of the design economy, with an overview and analysis of Ontario’s design workforce.
Year: 2009
Categories: Creative Industries
report
The Power to Live Green
The City of Toronto's sustainable energy strategy.
Year: 2009
Categories: Green Energy, Quality of Life
report
Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange: A Capital Opportunity
High-level presentation from the TMX Group. The TMX Group is the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange.
Year: 2010
Categories: Access to Capital, Finance
report
Toronto: Financial Services Captial of Canada
Importance of Toronto financial services sector, as a key driver of our local, provincial and national economy.
Year: 2010
Categories: Business Environment, Finance
report
Toronto's Discovery District: Innovation, Technology, & Business
A look at the research and development that takes place in Canada's largest research park, the Toronto Discovery District
Year: N/A
Categories: Life Science
report
Vantage Magazine, Greater Toronto
The Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance foreign direct investment magazine looks at Ontario's green sector.
Year: 2010
Categories: Green Energy
report
Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index
The 2008 Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index offers a  comparative ranking of 75 of the world’s leading global cities and their instrumental role in driving the
global economy.
Year: 2008
Categories: Business Environment, Finance
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