The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced yesterday that a strategy to build an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster for Canada has qualified for federal investments under the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative.

More than 140 organizations participated in the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster bid. The City of Brampton partnered with the Brampton Board of Trade on a talent development proposal for funding within the larger Supercluster project. In support of this proposal and the overall bid, the City has been actively engaged in the process, and will remain engaged as funding decisions are made over the coming years.

The newly incorporated Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGM Canada), will be the lead in leveraging more than $800M in proposed investments by industry and the federal government, in turn funding proposals and projects to create new opportunities for firms, supply chains, communities, and thousands of Canadians employed in key industry segments.

The geographical focus of the Supercluster is the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, and Brampton stands to see new opportunities for economic growth and investment. The City has a significant presence in advanced manufacturing, active business partners, and engaged post-secondary partners like Sheridan College and Ryerson University. Manufacturing accounts for more than 35,000 jobs in Brampton, provided by approximately 900 companies. One in five people in Brampton work in manufacturing, and stakeholders like Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies and Sheridan’s Skilled Trades Centre provide strength and development in the sector

Advanced manufacturing is a crucial driver of Canada’s economic growth. Southwestern Ontario has overlapping density in both manufacturing and technology firms.

There are three pillars to the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster strategy:

  • Co-invest in collaborative, industry-led projects in things like vision systems, AI, IoT, data security, robotics, advanced materials, and additive manufacturing
  • Support the creation of new tools, testbeds, and infrastructure to help create the next generation of manufacturing firms
  • Build out a robust ecosystem of supports and services that accelerate technology adoption in manufacturing i.e. technology readiness assessments, training and skills development, and go-to-market support.