Ontario’s medtech cluster supports a vibrant industry, innovating and developing a wide range of medical technologies used in the treatment, mitigation, diagnosis and prevention of disease.

It boasts an impressive and growing diversity of companies in terms of size, focus, product and maturity level. Ontario has global-leading health research facilities and highly skilled talent, along with a stellar medtech ecosystem to support innovation that benefits patients, companies and society.

Neurologists/Neuroscientists Surrounded by Monitors Showing CT, MRI Scans

Secure your place in the future. That place is Ontario

The medtech landscape is leading the shift from “sick care” to patient-centred “health care,” and companies from start-ups to well-established medtech firms are choosing Ontario as a base from which to lead the revolution.

Global players like Medtronic, GE Healthcare, Stryker, and Johnson & Johnson are here, just to name just a few. In all, there are more than 26,000 people working in this sector at more than 1,300 companies that collectively earn close to $13 billion in revenues annually.

The medtech sector in Ontario benefits from the skilled talent, competitive incentives, politically-stable economy and open collaboration among start-ups, multinationals, academic and research institutes, incubators, clinics and government. What else would your business need to succeed?

Woman behind a microscope: technology can benefit medical devices.

Why should Ontario be on your business expansion shortlist?

Ontario is the ideal test-bed for your technologies and strategic partnerships.

Ontario spends $665 million on research and development in the life sciences sector alone, and has about 8,750 R&D personnel.

Ontario gives access to innovative programs such as MaRS EXCITE (Excellence in Clinical Innovation Technology Evaluation). The first of its kind in the world, it connects medtech developers with award-winning researchers to conduct pre-market clinical testing of advanced health technologies.

Medical technologies are used widely in our hospitals, clinics and universities. Ontario companies of all sizes successfully sell directly to the Canadian market, including major OEMs, hospitals, teaching hospitals and academic institutes.

Humber River Hospital, North America’s first all-digital hospital
In 2017, Humber River Hospital in Toronto announced the opening of its new Command Centre. Powered by artificial intelligence, the system is meant to help physicians and administrators spot delays so they can optimize patient flows. While Humber River Hospital was already North America’s first fully digital acute care hospital, the Command Centre catapults it into another class entirely.

Together, the medtech sector exports $2.15 billion in goods, over 55% of Canada’s overall medtech exports.

In Ontario, medtech companies gain access to:

  • a $52B single-payer healthcare system
  • 142 million customers within a day’s drive
  • world-renown innovators in AI, quantum research, the internet of things (IoT), and blockchain
Ontario possesses a wealth of capabilities to support the development of a robust medtech sector. The environment of collaboration here is second to none, and has resulted in transformative initiatives like the EXCITE program. Medtech innovators in Ontario not only improve patient outcomes for Canadian and international citizens, they’re highly trained, have access to world-class R&D resources, and are equipped to tap into the medtech markets in Canada and worldwide.

Brian Lewis
President and CEO, MEDEC

Firms that set up in Ontario join major medtech influencers:

MEDEC advances health outcomes for Canadians by accelerating access to medical technologies.

Its members are key influencers advocating for a safe, responsive, sustainable health care system enabled by the use of medical technologies.

MEDEC advances health outcomes for Canadians by accelerating access to medical technologies. Its members are key influencers advocating for a safe, responsive, sustainable health care system enabled by the use of medical technologies.

The Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) links experts from the health care, community, home care, medical device, non-profit, mental health, research, academic and business sectors to spur innovation and improve patient outcomes. OHIC exists because Ontario understands the catalyzing role that government can play in supporting and advancing medtech.

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