Toronto Global 2023/24

Impact Report


Top Global Companies
Choose the Toronto Region

As Canada’s economic centre, the Toronto Region accounts for the largest share of international investment for the country. In the past two years, the Toronto Region has landed the most international investment projects. With abundant tech talent, a diverse and welcoming quality of life, and new market opportunities, top global companies are choosing the Toronto Region.

Toronto Global works with our regional partners and key organizations to increase jobs and investments across the Toronto Region. Three years in a row, over 40% of jobs created have landed in areas outside of the City of Toronto, demonstrating our commitment to the long-term success of the Toronto Region’s economy. Today, over half of Fortune 500 companies are in the Toronto Region.

Toronto Global is reporting a banner year with the following results in 2023-24: 44 investments won, 5,527 total jobs created (including 2,647 direct new jobs created, 1,317 indirect jobs, and 1,839 induced jobs) and $637 million in capital expenditure, contributing to $217.5 million in tax revenue for all levels of government.

Our mission is simple: to attract net new international investments that will have a positive and lasting economic impact on the Toronto Region. The result? A strong, bold and prosperous Canadian economy.

We are competing with the top cities in the world and winning.

Learn more about our impact.

Leadership Message

Toronto Global’s CEO Stephen Lund and Board Chair Mark Cohon speak to Toronto Global’s mission and values alongside Toronto City Councillor and Budget Chief, Shelley Carroll, with a message from Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow.


2023/24 Results

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Total Jobs*








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Total investment amount within years 1-3 of operation

Tax Impact





Tax revenue generated across all three levels of government by new investments in 2023/24.

*Total number of jobs expected to be created within years 1-3 of operation.

Metrics to Date

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Direct Jobs


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Total Jobs


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Total Tax Impact



Tax revenue generated across three levels of government in 2024

Jobs by Location to Date

Toronto – 10,525

Mississauga – 3,879

Remote – 488

Halton – 338

York – 276

Durham – 90

Brampton – 51

Return on Investment
(Since Launch)

Toronto Global


Number of Investments Per Employee


Number of Total Jobs
Created Per Employee


Tax Impact
Per Employee



Tax Revenue Generated for Every $1 of Government Funding Received



Wins by Industry

ICT – 26

Business & Industrial Services – 7

Life Sciences & Health Care – 3

Construction, Real Estate & Infrastructure – 2

Advanced Manufacturing – 2

Food & Beverage – 2

Financial Services – 1

Transportation, Logistics, & Supply Chain – 1

Our Team

Toronto Global VP of Investment Attraction, Dan Henegeveld, speaks to our team’s accomplishments this year alongside York Regional Chair Wayne Emmerson and York Region’s Director of Economic Strategy, Jonathan Wheatle.


New team members


TG babies were welcomed to the world


internal promotion rate


job applications received


of our staff have been with the organization for 5 years or more


peer nominations for our 3rd annual CEO/Chair Employee Recognition Award

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Michael Keoshkerian blog


consecutive year receiving a Great Place to Work (GPTW) certification


overall employee satisfaction survey score


2023 Talent Campaign






forms filled out


new LinkedIn followers

(14.3% increase)

Toronto Global launched a digital campaign focusing on a key driver for international business expansion: our talent. We worked directly with partners in economic development and academia to leverage assets from postsecondary institutions across the region, showcasing the Toronto Region’s immense talent base and top-notch facilities on a global stage.

The key objectives of the campaign were to:

Generate awareness of Toronto Global services and talent connections program

Leverage LinkedIn to drive users to fill the Toronto Global ‘contact us’ form

Encourage companies to connect with Toronto Global via

Identify a key advantage for international businesses, that being the Toronto Region’s diverse and highly educated talent base

Wet Labs

The unprecedented growth in the life sciences sector is spurring a boom in the global demand for all types of lab space, and the Toronto Region is no exception. This initiative focuses on wet lab space, which is in greatest demand from scaling home-grown and global life sciences companies alike in the life sciences industry that want to leverage what our region has to offer. Wet labs are at the heart of the life sciences discovery, research and development process -  a sufficient supply is critical for industry growth.

In conversations with businesses, our team heard that our region’s lack of wet lab space was a potential deterrent for international companies, and we decided to do something about it. Building off the whitepaper and call to action completed in previous years, this year, we are a driving force behind the Ontario Wet Labs Coalition, a growing group of 30+ organizations across the public and private sector, that is raising awareness of the issue and committed to tackling the opportunity of creating more wet lab space.  

Today, the story is changing. University of Toronto Mississauga just opened SpinUP, and new wet lab facilities are under construction in Mississauga (Spec Labs) and Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood (Seeker Labs - Catalyst), with others in pursuit, referencing Toronto Global's white paper as a key resource.



projects supported


company engagements

The Supply Chain Resilience, On-shoring & Expansion (SCORE) Program was an innovative approach to economic development and relies on the support of stakeholders and channel partners to deliver meaningful solutions to clients while capturing supply chain data that lead to more proactive FDI targeting. This required buy-in and close coordination from our valued economic development partners, including the cities of Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton, as well as the regions of Durham, York, and Halton.

Since supply chains are fluid and cross municipal borders, collaboration is the key to this program’s success and essential to move the dial toward a more resilient and competitive region. Recognizing the delicateness and connectivity of critical supply chains, SCORE expanded its collaboration to five other regional Economic Development Organizations (EDOs), in Waterloo, London, Ottawa, Hamilton and the Niagara Region to support supply chain mapping projects. Lastly, SCORE partnered with the ConnectON Platform to create a publicly-available Dashboard, to aggregate Economic Development data sets in the Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-business and Tourism sectors in Ontario.

Toronto Inc

A strategic new partnership of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Toronto Global and Destination Toronto launched to align the vital economic development activities of the three organizations.

Working closely with the City of Toronto Economic Development team, the Toronto Inc partners led consolidated and impactful Toronto activations at key events like Collision in Toronto, MedTech in Anaheim, and the global Web Summit conference in Lisbon, as well as strategic in-market sales missions. The activations and missions put into practice the partnership’s goal to bring greater alignment to promoting Toronto as a place for meetings and investment.

Success Stories

A picture of the team from DNEG
A picture of the team from The Cultivated B

Recursion, a leading clinical stage TechBio company decoding biology to industrialize drug discovery, opened its 28,000 square-foot Toronto site last June. This R&D centre now serves as the headquarters for Recursion Canada. The opening of this enormous site represents its significant growth in Canada and its continued investment in the Toronto Region’s economy. In total, Recursion currently employs approximately 100 highly skilled employees in Canada, and the Toronto site is Recursion’s largest site outside of its global headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In January 2020, Toronto Global met with Recursion during a trip to Salt Lake City. Toronto Global’s Michael Keoshkerian walked with the Chief People Officer of Recursion back to the Recursion office after attending a conference, sparking a dialogue about the benefits of investing in Toronto and Canada.

Three years of communication ensued, culminating in Recursion's decision to invest $20 million and hire 100 employees in the Toronto Region, solidifying their presence in the region’s innovation landscape.

In partnership with Toronto Global, Recursion chose Toronto for its expansion due to the city's talented workforce, world-class research institutions, and supportive business environment, as well as its reputation as a hub for artificial intelligence.

“Toronto has long been recognized as a center for cutting-edge technology, and our investment in this vibrant city reflects our confidence in the immense potential of the burgeoning TechBio sector to drive economic growth. We are excited to collaborate with top talent in the region and accelerate the discovery of new medicines that will radically improve patients’ lives,” said Chris Gibson, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO of Recursion.

The Recursion team announced the opening of its Toronto site at their office on June 26th alongside the Honourable Sean Fraser, Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade and Jennifer McKelvie, Deputy Mayor of Toronto.

The launch of Recursion's center in Toronto is a significant development for the region's tech sector and a demonstration of the area's rapid growth as a hub for TechBio innovation.

A picture of the team from DNEG
A picture of the team from Snowflake

Cepheid, an American molecular diagnostics company and world-leading real-time PCR test provider opened an office in Markham in 2021 to expand its existing reach in Canada.

"We are excited to announce the opening of our offices in Markham, Ontario, to support current and new customers across Canada," said Irfaan Remtulla, Vice President of Canada Commercial Operations for Cepheid. "We are proud to deliver innovative solutions to help Canadian communities, from small medical clinics to high-volume reference laboratories and hospitals, to access the speed and accuracy of molecular diagnostics."

The biotech giant has been a partner with Ontario’s health system since 2010 and was the first approved COVID-19 test in Canada.

Throughout its journey of expansion, Toronto Global has been there every step of the way. Today, Cepheid provides diagnostic devices for more than 50 hospitals in Ontario, including Mount Sinai, St. Micheal’s, Markham Stouffville, Humber River, Scarborough General, Lakeridge Health and more. 

Cepheid’s impact was exemplified in 2023 with a visit from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti to their newly acquired office space in Markham’s growing innovation district. Toronto Global worked alongside the City of Markham to coordinate this opportunity to present Cepheid’s advanced technology to Mayor Scarpitti.

Cepheid’s success in the Toronto Region is an example of government and business collaborating to improve the lives and well-being of Ontarians. Cepheid demonstrated a promise to democratize care, keep people out of overwhelmed hospitals, and help manage patient flows through government partnerships. These benefits would be particularly transformative in long-term care facilities as well as Indigenous and rural communities.