Who we are

The Toronto Industry Network (TIN) is a group of manufacturers and manufacturing associations with operations in Toronto. Collectively TIN employs approximately 25,000 people directly and another 100,000 indirectly through suppliers and customers.

Manufacturing sectors represented by TIN’s membership include food processing, furniture, materials handling, paper making and packaging, fibreglass, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cement, energy and general manufacturing. TIN provides the manufacturing community with a strong voice at City Hall by 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:

  • working with City Planning staff to ensure the new Official Plan has strong policies that will discourage sensitive uses from encroaching on industrial areas,
  • advancing the need for a robust transportation system to move goods and services in the GTA,
  • maintaining the Block 2 industrial water rate and working to simplify the Sewer Use By-law,
  • endorsing the need to separate storm water management charges from water supply charges for all properties,
  • supporting the current policy of not applying Development Charges to new industrial construction,
  • working to get the City to continue reducing the ratio of industrial property tax to residential tax below its current 2.94% ratio, and
  • advocating 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. TIN closely monitors City Hall and has developed an excellent working relationship with many of the senior managers.

Did You Know?

  • Toronto’s 4,920 manufacturing and warehousing establishments employ more than 123,000 people, approximately 9% of the city’s workforce.
  • Almost 11% of full-time jobs are in manufacturing and warehousing and this sector has the highest proportion of full-time jobs (92.6%) compared to all other sectors. The link to the 2016 Toronto Employment Survey is: https://www1.toronto.ca/...
  • Key industry clusters in Toronto include:
    • Food and beverage
    • Plastic and rubber
    • Textiles and apparel
    • Biomedical
    • Steel and steel products
    • Automotive
    • Information & Communications Technology manufacturing
  • Toronto’s ethnic diversity strengthens manufacturing. Recent immigrants account for about 40% of the manufacturing workforce.
  • In 2016, manufacturing accounted for $15.5-Billion or 9.3% of Toronto’s estimated 2016 GDP.
  • Manufactured goods accounted for 73.1% of Canada's total exports in 2016. This is the link where you can download total exports data: https://www.ic.gc.ca/...
  • In 2017, Toronto manufacturers will pay approximately $198-Million in industrial property taxes at a tax rate of 2.58% including education tax and other levies (from City of Toronto - Tax Levy By-law for 2017).

You may find the following links helpful:

State of Manufacturing in Toronto Report Update - 2015: http://www.toronto.ca/...

2016 Toronto Employment https://www1.toronto.ca/...