It is estimated that the global water market is forecast to reach $1 trillion by 2020. With world-class R&D capabilities, low business costs, access to leading industry talent, generous government incentive programs and secure market access, Ontario, Canada is the place to grow your ideas and meet this demand.

Ontario, Canada is a global R&D leader in water technologies

Ontario water companies are a part of a world-class water technology ecosystem which includes:

  • 900 water industry companies
  • 300 early-stage water technology developers
  • 100 technology incubators
  • 22,000 water industry employees
  • 42 Canadian Research Chairs dedicated to water

Many of the world's top water companies have chosen to locate in Ontario to take advantage of our R&D strengths – including American Water, Danaher, GE Water and Process Technologies, Nalco, Siemens Water Technologies, Suez Degrémont, and Veolia Water. Innovation lives here –and you should be part of it.

Ontario water companies have made clean water a reality in some of the world's toughest industrial and urban environments. Many of the biggest breakthroughs have come from Ontario, Canada. In fact, two of the most widely used technologies—UV disinfection and membrane filtration—were developed here.

Every year more than $14 billion is spent in Ontario on industrial, university-based, and private sector research. If you are looking for R&D incentives and government programs, Ontario offers one of the best incentive packages in the world. This ensures that you can drive innovation in the most economical manner possible.

Ontario's R&D and innovation initiatives span all aspects of clean water concerns worldwide

Wastewater and drinking water companies account for 75% of R&D in Ontario's water sector.

R&D spending by subsector (%)
Subsector Proportion of R&D Spending (%)
Stormwater 10
Source Water 5
Drinking Water 23
Wastewater 52
Services and Enablers 4
Other Sector 5

Technology companies, water treatment and wastewater remediation, and engineering companies drive over 90% of R&D spending in Ontario’s water sector.

R&D spending by business activity (%)
Business Activity Proportion of R&D Spending (%)
Technology, Product or Service Company 50
Water or Wastewater Treatment Provider 23
Chemical Company 2
Laboratory 0
Engineering or Consulting Company 19
Construction/Contracting 2
Training and Plant Operation 0
Other 4

Committed to innovation

In 2010 the Ontario government established the Water Opportunities and Conservation Act (WOWCA) to help support the commercialization of innovative water, wastewater and stormwater conservation and treatment technologies.

It also established the Water Technology Acceleration Project WaterTAP to champion and support Ontario's status as a world water technology hub. It brings private sector experience to the challenge of helping water technology entrepreneurs, utilities and investors make the connections and find the resources they need to help meet the growing global demand for clean water solutions. WaterTAP is a conduit to a number of innovative funding programs including:

These are only two of the incentive programs we offer. For a full listing, please visit Ontario incentive programs.

Find out more about Ontario's clean water expertise

Ontario Centres of excellence Inc.
Ontario Clean Water Agency
Ontario Environmental Industry Association
The Water Institute
Canadian Water Network
Southwestern Ontario Water Consortium

Ontario water companies benefit from the lowest taxes and business costs among G7 countries

Low corporate taxes

Ontario water companies enjoy one of the most internationally competitive corporate tax rates according to KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2016.

Ontario's corporate income tax rate (CIT, provincial and federal combined) is lower than the average of the G7 and G20 countries and nearly 16.6% lower than the average federal-state CIT rate in the United States. This provides tremendous savings that will improve your bottom line.

When compared to other North American water jurisdictions, Ontario's lower corporate manufacturing taxes will help you develop, demonstrate, and produce new technologies cost-effectively and economically.

Competitive Corporate Taxes on Manufacturing
Ontario vs selected US water hubs

2014 combined Federal and State/Provincial Corporate Income Tax rate in manufacturing (Per Cent)
Ontario vs selected US water hubs Competitive Corporate Taxes on Manufacturing (%)
Ontario 25.0
Washington 31.9
Wyoming 31.9
Ohio 32.0
Texas 32.5
Colorado 34.7
Florida 35.3
Michigan 35.9
U.S. Weighted Avg. 36.0
New York 36.3
Great Lakes States Avg. 36.4
Wisconsin 36.7
Illinois 37.7
California 37.9
Iowa 37.8
Pennsylvania 38.0
Minnesota 38.5
Note: Ohio rate includes the state's Commercial Activity Tax rate which is levied on gross receipts in Ohio; a OT equivalent is not available. Texas rate includes the state's 1.0 per cent franchise tax which is based on gross revenue; a OT equivalent is not available.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance, based on legislation as of May 31, 2014

Ontario is over-flowing with talent

An industry-leading talent pool

68% of adults in Ontario have completed their post-secondary education, a rate higher than any OECD country, including the U.S.

Ontario’s 44 colleges and universities host a variety of water related research, studies and programs. Each year they produce 39,500+ skilled graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and 8,200 post-secondary grads with water related degrees.

With over 200 languages spoken in addition to English, Ontario is Canada's most culturally diverse province. Your company will have access to a multicultural labour force that can provide reliable, market-leading product support, customer service, pre-consultation and planning services, and after-sales support to virtually anywhere in the world—saving you time and money.

Ontario water companies have access to the $19-trillion NAFTA and global water markets

Access to the world's largest water market

As part of the $19-trillion North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) marketplace, Ontario offers you secure access to the U.S. market, the largest water consumer market in the world.

In 2010, Canada and the U.S. reached a trade agreement that secures access for Ontario companies to U.S. state and municipal public works projects, including water projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Our strong relationship with the U.S. offers secure and available business opportunities.

Over the next 25 years global water infrastructure requirements are estimated to reach $22.6 trillion. The demand for water treatment equipment in the U.S. alone is forecast to reach $13 billion by 2017.

Ontario is a global R&D leader in water technologies. Innovation lives here—and you should be part of it.

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