Toronto’s success is due in large part to the strength and significant growth of its financial industry. Toronto is the second largest financial centre in North America, which serves as an engine for the economic growth of the city and an anchor for our excellent talent base, enviable quality of life and highly competitive business environment.
Jennifer Reynolds, President and CEO Toronto Finance International
Toronto is Canada’s business and financial capital, a growing financial hub in North America, and a top ten global financial centre. Toronto’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is significantly outpacing the national average. The Toronto region’s GDP has grown by an average of 2.4 percent annually since 2009 compared to a national rate of 1.8 percent. In 2017, the Toronto region’s GDP grew by approximately 3.3 percent (Source: Conference Board of Canada, Moody’s, Oxford Analytics, Statistics Canada, 2017).
Toronto is competitive in almost every other major business sector from technology and life sciences to green energy; from fashion and design to food and beverage; from film and television production to music and digital media. Toronto’s rich industrial diversity drives growth, innovation and cross-sectoral synergies and knowledge spillovers have spawned new leading-edge hybrid sectors including med-tech, green-tech and food-tech.