Ontario is home to thousands of manufacturing establishments as well as world-class educational institutions. The Lawrence Centre’s “Learning from Leading Firms” research identified educational partnerships as a key ingredient for manufacturing success. Leading firm senior executives recommended that we support the next generation of manufacturers in developing such partnerships to facilitate skills development and business-led research and development.

To help connect the next generation of manufacturers with their neighbouring educational institutions we are developing a geo-mapping tool that combines an industrial database of Ontario’s manufacturers with locations and capacities of Ontario educational institutions. When complete, the web-based tool will plot thousands of manufacturers and their respective clusters, regional economic indicators, and educational institution data on an interactive map, bringing big data on Ontario manufacturing right to the user’s fingertips.