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.
- 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.]
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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Notes and Definitions
We define organizations that are in the green sector as those that have economic activities that reduces environmental impacts through:
- Environmental protection and remediation activities
- The sustainable use of natural resources
- The supply chain of goods and services that are significantly less energy or resource intensive than industry standards
Segments of the Green Sector
Businesses and other organizations involved in the harvesting and preparation of bio-mass for use in non- industry standard types of products or service offerings. While the forest industry is a sustainable sector, the use of wood for purposes such as housing construction and furniture is part of society’s norm and hence are not included here. Businesses involved in the production or sale of food and beverages and businesses engaged in the development and sale of pharmaceuticals or life sciences-related products are excluded. Examples: Urban sawmills, furniture made from urban wood, green chemistry (bio-plastics), bio-fuels.
Businesses and other organizations engaged in the manufacturing, distribution and/or servicing of renewable energy, energy storage, smart grid, or energy efficiency technologies and services. Examples: Solar, wind, geo-thermal, waste to energy, batteries, district energy, smart thermostats, LED lights.
Businesses and other organizations engaged in building practices with materials and processes that are environmentally responsible and use significantly less energy or resources at all stages of a building’s life-cycle (siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition). Businesses that install clean energy components to buildings, and businesses that install green roofs are included. Examples: Energy efficient windows, green roofs, builders.
Resource Management & Environmental Protection
Businesses and other organizations that focus on the sustainable use of natural resources, either through the management or development of natural resources, which ensures that the needs of the present are meet through environmentally responsible economic growth that does not compromise the ability of future generation to meet their own needs. Also included are businesses that focus on activities that are intended to prevent, reduce, or eliminate pollution or other forms of environmental degradation. This includes waste and water treatment, land remediation, recycling, products that are made from recycled goods. For Toronto – recycled wood is considered part of the Bio-Products sector. Examples: Water supply and sanitation, recycling, solid waste, soil remediation, pollution controls, environmental monitoring.
Businesses and other organizations involved in the manufacturing of products that provide transportation of people and products by modes that use less energy and resources than the standard and firms and organizations that provide those transportation services. This includes all transportation components such as electric vehicles, bikes, buses, trains, and public transit. It includes the full supply chain from manufacturing through to operation of public transport systems. Examples: Electric vehicles and charging stations, bikes, scooters, and public transportation.
Other Green Professional Services
Professions such as accountants, engineers, lawyers who provide support across a number of the green sector segments. Those professional services that focus in a green sector are listed under that sector segment.
Organizations that proved support across a number of the green sector segments. This can include governments, academia, incubator services, NGOs. Those organizations that focus in a green sector are listed under that sector.
Clusters are groups of companies that are in the supply chain of a similar type of product or service.
Supply Chain Segments
Trade and industry organizations, charities, non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations that have an interest in environmental issues.
Providing education and training services to the green sector.
Government departments and related organization such as public utilities.
Organizations that either manufacture a product from raw materials or assembles a final product from a variety of manufactured components or sub-assemblies.
Includes product certification services, suppliers of raw or unprocessed materials.
Professions which require a professional designation or certification such as accountants, engineers, lawyers who work primarily in the green sector listed.
Organizations that provide or support primary or applied research – either based on technology development or other social or policy applications. This includes think tanks, research
Organizations that sell to the end user. This can include firms that sell and install.
Providers of specific services such as consultants, installation and repair services, trades (such as carpenters, electricians), transportation services, financial services, and marketing and communication.
Organizations that provide products in quantities to either retailers or an end user that has a demand for a large quantity of product.
This list is not to be considered a complete listing of all companies and organizations operating in the green sector in the vicinity of the city of Toronto. While every effort is made to maintain accuracy, the City does not guarantee that the information contained in the directory is always correct or accurate. The City does not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy or completeness of the information. The City makes no warranties, expressed or implied as to the fitness of the information for any purpose, or to results obtained by individuals using the information and is not responsible for any action taken in reliance on the information contained in the directory.
The Sector Development Office produces and maintains reports and publications on its key industry sectors.
- Best Practices on Growing Green Clusters (2019)
Produced by Canadian Green Building Council – GTA Chapter (supported by the City of Toronto)
This report highlights the importance of facilitating multi-stakeholder discussions and building collaboration to advance cluster development of the green sector in Toronto and outlines the steps to facilitate this collaboration and cooperation.
- Toronto’s Urban Wood Cluster (2017)
Produced by the City of Toronto
Results of a survey of Toronto based urban wood companies outlining their growth, challenges and opportunities.
- Consultations with Toronto’s Green Industries – Summary Report (2019)
Produced by the City of Toronto
This report summarizes the findings from the online consultations on the challenges and opportunities for Toronto’s green industries.
- Consultations with Toronto’s Green Industries – Survey Responses (2019)
Produced by the City of Toronto
This report details all the responses to the online consultation on the challenges and opportunities for Toronto’s green industries.