With one of the highest concentrations of fashion and apparel employment in Canada, Toronto’s fashion industry employs 33,300 people. The sector contributes $1.1B in annual wages to the local economy.
Distribution of Jobs in the Fashion/Apparel Sector
- Clothing Retail – 73.1%
- Clothing Manufacturing – 16.3%
- Clothing Wholesalers – 6.5%
- Textile Mills and Products – 4.1%
[Sector data is derived from a number of sources including the Labour Force Survey, 2006 Census, 2011 National Household Survey, Canadian Business Counts, and the City of Toronto’s Employment Survey. The methodology used to identify clusters and their sizes is based on methodology used by the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity in its 2017 Cluster Study. Note that fashion-related jobs transcend the traditional boundaries of the sector, and stakeholders have called for a redefinition of the sector and its impact on the local economy.]
Fashion/Apparel Companies in Toronto
[While not comprehensive, the above list provides a snapshot of Toronto’s diverse Fashion/Apparel sector and some of the companies located here.]
Key Sector Assets
- Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)
Non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing Canadian fashion designers and creative entrepreneurs. The incubator provides strategic business-building programs and services including one-on-one mentoring, educational seminars and master classes, shared workspace, in-house design studios, and promotional and marketing opportunities. Established by the City of Toronto in 1987, TFI has helped launch the careers of many of Canada’s top fashion designers and sparked the creation of more than 18,000 new jobs.
Sector-specific Education & Training Programs
- Centennial College
- George Brown College
- Humber College
- OCAD University
- Ryerson University
- Seneca College
- Toronto Film School
City of Toronto Support for the Sector
- Fashion Industry Advisory Panel
In July 2017, Toronto City Council agreed to establish an advisory panel on Toronto’s fashion industry to advise the City on how it can help the local industry deal with challenges. It is expected that the panel will consider matters such as providing additional support for entrepreneurship, labour force development, and increased exports by the local fashion industry. See background information.
- Shop Toronto Design
A directory of Toronto-designed fashion, accessories and home furnishings hosted on the City of Toronto website.