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, 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. In working to help make our City more competitive for manufacturing within Canada and internationally, TIN has been very engaged in recent activities such as:

  • supporting the current policy of not applying Development charges to new industrial construction,
  • working with City Planning staff to ensure the new Official Plan has strong policies that will discourage new sensitive uses in industrial areas,
  • maintaining the Block 2 industrial water rate as well as working to simplify the Sewer Use By-law,
  • endorsing the city’s policy to adopting a storm water discharge fee for all properties,
  • monitoring the lowering to the industrial property tax ratio currently at 2.94% to compete with municipalities in the GTA, and working with Toronto Hydro to improve system reliability.

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 jobs are more likely to be full-time, permanent positions when compared to other sectors.
  • 12% of all full-time jobs in Toronto are in manufacturing.
  • Key industry clusters in Toronto 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.
  • In 2013, manufacturing accounted for $13.9-Billion or 10.9% of the total economic output of the City.
  • Close to 65% of Canada’s manufacturing is exported.
  • Manufacturers pay approximately $240-Million in City property taxes including education and other levies.
  • Further information about Toronto’s industry sectors is available at:

    Please also see "State of Manufacturing in Toronto" report (below). You may find some useful current initiatives supporting Toronto's manufacturing sector.
    Also, please refer to Toronto’s 2013 Employment survey: April 7, 2014) Revised Attachment 1: 2013 Toronto Employment Survey