In Toronto, Bombardier manufactures business and commercial jets and relies on the diversified, local regional supply chain. We work with more than 70 suppliers located in the Greater Toronto Area on almost all our business and commercial aircraft 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
The City of Toronto is recognized as a leading research location in the manufacturing sector, with a highly diverse labour force of almost 140,000 employees in over 5,000 establishments. It is the destination of choice for a wide range of traditional and advanced manufacturing operations. Their activities are integrated across industrial sectors: food and beverage, life sciences, fashion/apparel, information and communications technologies, machinery and equipment, automotive and aerospace. Digital manufacturing, nano manufacturing, flexible electronics manufacturing and additive manufacturing technologies are all being used or introduced in Toronto.The Region is also home to the newly announced Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, building up next-generation manufacturing capabilities, incorporating technologies like advanced robotics and 3D printing. The initiative’s goal is to solve complex challenges, drive economic growth, develop and attract top talent, and advance world-leading research and innovation.
As a Centre for emerging technologies, Toronto benefits from rich assets, such as Humber College’s new state of the art Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. Located at Humber’s North Campus, the 93,000 sq. ft. centre builds on Humber’s expertise in areas such as automation, robotics, systems integration, user experience testing, applied research and work-integrated learning. With equipment that is unique to North America, key features include interactive technology zones, digital media studios, cutting-edge prototyping and makerspaces, open concept gathering spaces and demonstration areas for new products and technologies.
The manufacturing landscape has also evolved with the advent of the maker movement – a global movement of computer programmers, crafters, designers, engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs who are reinventing the way products are made. And the city is seeing an influx in infrastructure to support this movement from organic meet-ups and workshops to more formalized institution-led programs.
From food services to Aerospace, ICT to green, fashion, film, tourism and life sciences, Toronto’s multi-sector strength drives growth, innovation and synergies.
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