IT companies thrive here

Are you looking for a highly educated and talented workforce? Lower labour costs? A broad ecosystem for innovation and R&D? You’ll find them all here in Ontario.

Who’s here?

World leaders in big data and cloud computing, data centres, microelectronics, digital media, security encryption, mobile gaming, mobile payments, wireless, telecom and networks and seven of the 10 largest tech companies in the world conduct R&D in Ontario.

From A to Z . . .

20,000 IT companies operate here, including:

Alcatel-Lucent, Agfa Graphics, AMD, Avaya, Bell, bitHeads, BlackBerry, Blammo Games, Celestica, Christie Digital, CGI, COMDEV, DragonWave, Ciena, Cisco, Cogeco, Crosscliq, Brightspace (Desire2Learn), Dell, Digital Extremes, Don River, Ericsson, Facebook, G4S, Gameloft, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Google, Huawei, HP, IBM, IMAX, Intel, Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Interac, Microsoft, MIS Electronics, Mitel, Nokia, OpenText, Oracle, Parametric, Siemens, QA Consultants, QNX, Redknee, Rockstar, Rogers, Ross Video, Sandvine, SAP, SAS, SecureKey, Shopify, SMTC, Square, Teledyne DALSA, Telesat, TELUS, Transgaming, Twitter, Ubisoft, ViXS, Xerox, XMG Studio, Wipro, WipWare and Zycom.

In addition three key productions areas are less costly in Canada than other countries. Versus the U.S., software design is 22.1% less, electronics systems testing is 27.7% less and electronics assembly is 9.2% less.

Software Design

International Results (US = 100.0)
Industry: Software Design
Operation: Software Development
Country Cost Index
Canada 77.9
Netherlands 83.7
Australia 85.0
Italy 85.0
United Kingdom 87.9
Germany 88.9
Japan 90.1
France 90.8
United States 100.0
Source: KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2016

Electronic Systems Development and Testing

International Results (US = 100.0)
Industry: Product Testing
Operation: Electronic Systems Development and Testing
Country Cost Index
Canada 72.2
Netherlands 73.1
Australia 77.2
France 78.6
Italy 78.6
Germany 81.8
Japan 85.6
United Kingdom 88.9
United States 100.0
Source: KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2016

Electronics Assembly

International Results (US = 100.0)
Industry: Electronics
Operation: Electronics Assembly
Country Cost Index
Canada 90.8
Netherlands 91.2
Italy 91.5
Australia 92.1
United Kingdom 92.9
France 93.3
Germany 94.2
Japan 96.1
United States 100.0
Source: KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2016

A concentration of world-renowned research institutes

One of the great advantages of doing IT in Ontario is access to some of the top researchers and institutes, who work collaboratively with businesses on innovative solutions.

An R&D hotspot

Major corporations such as Cisco, IBM and Xerox have set up major research centres here.

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Select Ontario IT research centres and institutes

    The following chart lists Ontario’s world-renowned research institutes that work with business to discover solutions to today’s challenges.

    Examples of Ontario’s world-renowned research institutes
    Sector Organizations Region Institutes/Centres
    Communications University of Toronto GTA Emerging Communications Technology Institute
    Cryptography University of Waterloo Kitchener-Waterloo Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research
    Geographic Information Systems Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
    Geoinformatics University of Toronto GTA Centre for Geoinformatics
    Imaging University of Western Ontario London Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research
    Imaging University of Windsor Windsor Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research
    Learning Ryerson University GTA Centre for Learning Technologies
    Microelectronics University of Toronto GTA Centre for Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging
    Quantum Computing University of Waterloo Kitchener-Waterloo Institute of Quantum Computing
    Semiconductors McMaster University Hamilton Centre for Emerging Device Technologies
    Telecommunications Government of Canada Ottawa Communications Research Centre
    Virtual Laboratory Queen’s University Kingston High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory
    Wireless Technologies University of Waterloo Kitchener-Waterloo Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems

    Ontario’s IT industry: a map of the leading tech hotspots

    Ontario’s IT industry is clustered located in three key cities: Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo.

    Use the map to explore our thriving IT industry clusters.

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