What is the Toronto Industry Network?

The Toronto Industry Network (TIN) is a group of manufacturers and manufacturing associations with operations in the City of Toronto. Collectively the Network employs approximately 30,000 people directly and another 100,000 indirectly through suppliers and customers.

Manufacturing sectors represented by TIN’s membership include food processing, paper making and packaging, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cement, energy and general manufacturing.

TIN provides the manufacturing community with a strong voice at City Hall, participating in the formulation of policies that affect industry. The Network is particularly interested in making our City more competitive for manufacturing within Canada and internationally including the following recent activities:

  • Supporting the extension of the City policy that the Development Charge By-law not apply to new industrial construction. Manufacturers in Toronto are not subject to development charges which is an important tool for the City’s Economic Development division’s staff to retain and attract new business.
  • Currently participating in stakeholder meetings with City staff regarding the statutory Official Plan review that will conclude in late 2013 with a new Official Plan. The review will have a major impact on industrial lands which are experiencing the pressures from sensitive non-industrial uses such as big-box retail, places of worship, schools, recreation clubs, etc.,
  • Engaging the City on the Block 2 industrial water rate address issues around sewer and storm sewer discharge fees including making compliance with the Sewer Use By-law simpler and easier for the City to enforce. In 2012, the City approved changes to the Sewer Surcharge Agreement that added TKN as a surchargeable parameter to the list that includes Total Phosphorous, BOD and Suspended Solids,
  • Advocating with the City and the Province regarding the cost competitiveness and reliability of Toronto’s electrical power supply which is a major input cost for many of our members, and
  • Encouraging Council to accelerate its policy to lower Toronto’s high industrial property taxes to match the 905 area's residential-industrial/commercial tax ratios.

The Network believes strongly that there is an important role for industry in the development of sound public policy. Our organization closely monitors City Hall and has developed an excellent working relationship with many of the senior managers.

Did you know?

  • Toronto’s 5,100 manufacturing establishments employ some 120,000 people.
  • Manufacturing wages are 25% above the national average wage.
  • 12% of all full-time jobs in Toronto are in manufacturing.
  • Key industry clusters include:
    • Food and beverage
    • Aerospace
    • Fashion and apparel
    • Pharmaceutical and life sciences
    • Paper-making, packaging and printing
    • Plastics and chemicals
    • Metals and machinery
    • Computer and electronics
  • Toronto’s ethnic diversity strengthens manufacturing. Recent immigrants account for 40% of the manufacturing workforce.
  • Manufacturing accounts for an annual value-added (GDP) of $13-Billion or 10.5% of the total output of the City.
  • Close to 60% of Canada’s manufacturing is exported.
  • Manufacturers pay $250-Million in City property taxes including education and other levies.
  • Further information about Toronto’s industry sectors is available at: toronto.ca/invest-in-toronto/clusteroverview.htm