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Advanced Manufacturing

Toronto is a leader in advanced manufacturing and materials science. The city is ideally located in one of North America's manufacturing heartlands, providing a rich source of industry partnerships for academic and research institutions. More than 207,000 employees and 5,000 graduates in related programs are the backbone of a highly-skilled workforce.

The result is a dynamic R&D cluster that includes materials research innovations in fields such as nanotechnology, quantum materials, and photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies to improve processes and develop new products.

Home to North America's second-largest automotive industry cluster—which produces one in six vehicles in North America—the region is a manufacturing leader that continues to attract significant public and private investment. The Ontario government's Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy (AMIS), a $500-million program, is designed to support projects that contribute to the long-term competitiveness of the province's automotive sector. Together with industry partners, the program provides advanced skills training for automotive workers, enhances environmental and energy technologies, and spurs investment in research and innovation.

Close proximity to world-class engineering schools drives improvements in traditional manufacturing industries such as steel-making. The burgeoning field of materials science research is well-represented in the Toronto Region by programs that fuel advancements in industries ranging from electronics to transportation. University programs and research centers that support materials research innovation include:

• The University of Toronto's Nanotechnology Program
• The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's Quantum Materials Program
McMaster University's Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research
McMaster Innovation Park, a premiere R&D facility that will be the new site of the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory, Canada's largest research centre dedicated to metals and materials.

These advanced materials research centres keep the Toronto Region at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, and materials research and engineering.