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 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, 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,
  • advancing the need for a robust transportation system to move goods and services in the GTA,
  • maintaining the Block 2 industrial water rate as well as working to simplify the Sewer Use By-law,
  • endorsing the need to separate storm water discharge charges from water supply charges for all properties,
  • monitoring the lowering to the industrial property tax currently at 2.94% to compete with municipalities in the GTA, 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 or approximately 9% of the city’s workforce.
  • Almost 11% of full-time jobs are in manufacturing and warehousing and this sector has 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
    • ICT 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.
  • Total exports of manufactured goods accounted for 73.1% of Canada's total exports in 2016. This link where you can download total exports data: https://www.ic.gc.ca/...
  • In 2017, 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 Survey (TES): https://www1.toronto.ca/...