Toronto’s green sector is strong and growing rapidly as economic decision-makers realize that protecting the environment is also good for creating jobs and local wealth. Toronto’s green sector employs more than 29,000 people.
Distribution of Jobs in the Green Sector
- Sustainable Transportation – 46%
- Resource Management – 21.3%
- Green Buildings – 17.9%
- Clean Energy – 8.7%
- Bioproducts – 6.1%
[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.]
Green Sector Companies in Toronto
Key Sector Assets
- Advanced Energy Centre (MaRS)
A public-private partnership founded in 2014 with the MaRS Discovery District, the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Siemens Canada, the Centre’s mission is to foster the adoption of innovative energy technologies in Canada, and to leverage those successes and experiences into international markets.
- Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter
A network of over 3,500 building industry professionals, the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter works with government and private enterprise to accelerate the adoption of green building principles, policies, standards and tools.
- Centre for Urban Energy
Located at Ryerson University, the Centre for Urban Energy is an academic-industry partnership that explores and develops sustainable solutions to urban energy challenges such as the advancement of smart grid technologies and integration of energy storage, electric vehicles and renewables.
- Centre for Social Innovation
Home to 1,000 nonprofits, charities and social ventures in Toronto, the Centre for Social Innovation supports its members with the spaces, knowledge, tools, resources and connections they need to grow.
- Green Building Centre
Research infrastructure hub that connects industry to applied research in green construction and sustainable building practices, focusing on the construction, engineering and IT sectors.
- Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab)
Located in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, GRIT Lab facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration by linking the fields of landscape architecture, biology, hydrology and building science, with the goal of investigating the environmental performance associated with green and clean technologies.
- Living City Labs
Located at the Living City Campus at Kortright Centre for Conservation, the labs advance new concepts in green infrastructure and building design, and provide a controlled environment for the evaluation of innovative products and practices.
- Photovoltaic Innovation Network
Partnership between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, university professors, and industry partners across Canada, focused on the development of novel, cost-effective photovoltaic (PV) technologies for the next generation of solar cells.
Sector-specific Education & Training Programs
- Centennial College
- Humber College
- Seneca College
- University of Toronto
- York University
- ArcTern Ventures Fund (MaRS)
- Clean Energy Fund Program
- Energy Innovation Program
- Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund
- Ontario Innovation Tax Credit
- Ontario Research Fund
- Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program
- Strategic Innovation Fund
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada – SD Tech Fund
- Toronto Atmospheric Fund
City of Toronto Support for the Sector
- Green Market Acceleration Program
The Green Market Acceleration Program (GMAP) provides local firms and foreign investors with an opportunity to collaborate with the City of Toronto in order to accelerate the development and commercialization of made-in-Toronto green technologies.