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Smart people from around the globe, access to world-class education and a vibrant mix of industry and opportunities – just ask our companies.

The Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor is a global centre of talent, growth, innovation and discovery. We’ve got leaders and dreamers, thinkers and funders, makers and first movers, and an old school work ethic.

Toronto is Canada’s corporate headquarters and a growing centre of finance, industry-led R&D and venture capital, with a stable economy and a competitive tax rate. Waterloo Region has the second highest density of startups in the world, along with the headquarters of some of Canada’s largest technology companies and development offices for leading global companies.

Together we have more than 15,000 technology companies employing more than 200,000 people along a 100 km corridor – creating the second largest technology cluster in North America.  A highly-educated population with global ties, our labour force is drawn from the country’s largest cluster of research universities and technical colleges including research institutes devoted to Quantum Computing, Theoretical Physics and Artificial Intelligence.

Our dense, urban population embraces new discoveries and provides the perfect testing ground for digital technologies and emerging industries. We’re a modern ecosystem: diversified, driven, tolerant and motivated by discovery.

Perfectly situated for growth in the global marketplace, the Corridor connects to a major airport, a dynamic network of highways, transit and rail and boasts close proximity to the US market.

The Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor is a place where ideas are born, opportunities arrive and industries have room to grow.  

“The scale and quality of meet-ups and conferences and speaking events have gone up dramatically. You don’t need to leave Toronto to build a successful company.”
Evgeny Tchebotarev, Co-Founder, 500px
"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, Vice-President, Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada
"Startups in Toronto benefit from support at every stage. From the very early stage we have incubators, accelerators and seed stage investors. In the growth stage, we have funders willing to invest a lot of money to really help a company take-off. This gives tech companies in Toronto a huge advantage.”
Allen Lau, CEO & Co-Founder, Wattpad
"If you come to our studio and take a look at the people sitting around the table discussing ideas, they’re from almost every part of the world. I think it has really helped Umbra create an international style.”
Paul Rowan, Co-Founder and VP Inspiration, Umbra
“I think it’s an attractive place to come for talented people, it's a huge market for creative people and I think there are some companies emerging that give people hope that it can be done here.”
Mike McDerment, CEO/Co-Founder, Freshbooks
“In Toronto, Bombardier manufactures business and commercial aircraft and relies on the diversified, local regional supply chain. We work with more than 70 suppliers located in the Greater Toronto Area and we benefit from a variety of expertise going from complex machining to systems integration.”
Graham Kelly, Vice-President, Global Operations & Toronto Site, Bombardier Aerospace
"A culture of collaboration is really at the heart of what’s next in innovation. What’s exciting in Toronto is that we have local and international businesses partnering with the startup ecosystem and increasingly with the academic community to position themselves for success in the future. And it’s happening across the spectrum from digital media and information technology, to life sciences and healthcare, energy solutions and social innovation.”
Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District
“Something that makes Toronto truly unique is that willingness to share and communicate with people very openly inside the industry looking at the global pie as something we can all co-create and achieve together.”
Satish Kanwar, Director of Product, Shopify
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