Better educated than any OECD country. 71% of Ontario adults possess a post-secondary education – a rate higher than any OECD country.
Our universities and colleges provide a stream of high-quality talent. The University of Toronto ranks among the top 20 global universities and University of Waterloo graduates are the second most frequently hired by Silicon Valley companies.
Universities in the global ranking
3 top 100 QS World University Rankings
University of Toronto among top 20 global universities
University of Waterloo graduates are 2nd most frequently hired by Silicon Valley companies
Our welcoming approach to immigration expands our talent pool further while producing different perspectives that enrich the culture of innovation.
Here, the federal and provincial governments work together to make it easier for businesses to attract the talent needed to succeed in the global marketplace.
The Global Skills Strategy offers quick work permit processing for highly skilled talent.
I think that the Canadian government made a smart move to offer the new fast track visa program (Global Skills Strategy) Tech companies’ hiring timelines work in six-week—not six-month intervals—because things move fast. We need to hire quickly in order to help meet our ambitious goals for growth, so speed is of the essence.
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In Ontario, you’ll save on some of your biggest business costs, money you can use for further investments, innovation and growth.
The convergence of IT with traditional sectors, has drawn attention to Ontario’s talent advantage. Comparable high-quality talent found in top U.S. IT hubs is available here at a fraction of the cost.
Ontario addresses the costs of electricity through the Comprehensive Electricity Plan, saving medium-size and larger industrial and commercial employers 15-17% on average on their electricity bills. Rates are lower because Ontario pays for a portion of non-hydro renewable energy contract costs, providing lower and more stable prices for Ontario’s electricity supply.
Electricity rates in Ontario for larger industrial consumers are priced competitively—at or below the equivalent rates in neighbouring Great Lakes states.
Clean energy makes up most of Ontario’s electricity sources—94% of Ontario’s electricity generation came from clean sources in 2020. Compared to neighbouring Great Lakes states, Ontario’s system emits far less CO2 per kilowatt-hour generated.
A stable and competitive business environment
A well-functioning society engenders trust and participation, demonstrates political stability, upholds the rule of law and enjoys positive relations with other regions.
Companies that choose Ontario can have confidence in the province’s long term political and economic stability. Ontario is at the centre of one of the most stable and competitive business environments in the world.
Strategically located in the heart of North America, Ontario offers companies access to more than 194-million consumers within a day’s drive of the Greater Toronto Area.
Tolerant. Inclusive. Connected.
Ontario is what the future should look like. A livable space with the comforts and quality of life to attract talented people, especially the next generation of digital natives, looking for a home. We’re aware that digital technologies and machine learning are changing the way we live. We know they raise hard questions about the future of work, privacy and income equality.
To get great people, you need to offer them a great place to live. Successful companies want to operate in areas attractive to employees and their families.
Toronto made the Economist Intelligence Unit’s top-ten list in the world’s most livable cities
Ontario cities consistently rank among the best places to live and work in the world*
But we’re not afraid to try new approaches. We know that governments and firms must invest in training programs that help employees get the skills they need for an information economy. And our publicly funded higher education system gives us the latitude for collaboration between government, business and academia to re-tailor curriculums and priorities to meet changing economic needs.
Above all, people want places that work. Where we can get around on public transportation. Raise a family. Where no one is denied quality healthcare when they’re sick and a hospital visit isn’t accompanied by the threat of bankruptcy. A festival of entertainment and inspiration.
A place we can breathe.
In the heart of North America
Ontario’s mass of land and lakes extends from a mineral-rich north to the farms and vineyards of the south, pierced by a dense urban corridor that runs east-west along the United States border.
Like the freshwater Great Lakes that shape our borders, we’re big. Bigger than Texas. More than double the size of California. And we’re connected: an easy drive across any of 14 border crossings to the United States, just a hop by air to New York City, Washington or Chicago, a straight shot to Tokyo, London or any major destination.
Vast, Young & Diverse
A diverse population of more than 14 million, (and growing every year) Ontario is home to 40% of Canada’s population and one of North America’s largest jurisdictions. In fact, if we were a U.S. state, we would rank fifth by population. We are also younger than the rest of the G7. Millennials, those aged 26 to 41, are the largest generation in many of our largest cities, including Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo. Indeed, we’ve welcomed people from more than 150 countries, a diversity expressed in the symphony of languages spoken on our streets.
We're the economic engine of Canada
In the 20th century, Ontario’s economy was built on the strength of traditional industries: natural resources, manufacturing, farming and food production. Those mainstay sectors remain vibrant, even as they retool to apply new technologies and innovations to compete in the digital age.
But Ontario is also where the new economy has emerged in force. It’s where financial services are broadening into fintech and revolutionizing the way we invest. Where artificial intelligence is ushering in the era of safer, cleaner connected transportation. And where stem cell research is leading to a world where we cure and even prevent deadly diseases.
That’s what’s special about Ontario: it’s where new innovations, platforms and technologies meet the muscle of the industrial economy. It’s a place to test new ideas. A place that can drive real economic growth for the next generation.