Discover a world of talent in Toronto.

The race for the best talent is taking place right now on a global level… and Toronto is winning.

Talent drives the global economy. Now, more than ever, the world is seeing the importance of talent mobility and Toronto is a leader in this effort. With clear and active collaboration between industry, government and education institutions; Toronto is developing the talent that the financial services industry needs to succeed.

The Toronto region offers an exceptional concentration of highly educated and adaptable workers supported by a huge network of industry associations. With over 250,000 people directly employed by the Toronto region’s financial sector, it has the second largest financial services workforce in North America.

Companies wishing to establish operations in Toronto can benefit from both the availability of talent as well as from the quality of the graduates in the region. Toronto is home to a range of internationally recognized educational and training institutions. These institutions play an integral role in nurturing and developing the talent that sustains Toronto’s financial services industry. In fact, nearly 80 per cent of industry employees within Toronto hold post – secondary education credentials.

With more than half its residents born outside the country, Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Over 180 languages and dialects are spoken here and over 200 distinct ethnic groups are represented, providing Toronto with a rich network of global business, cultural and linguistic ties; a perfect match for today’s globally connected financial companies.

The size of Toronto’s financial services sector and its ability to develop new talent make Toronto a strong environment for innovation not only regionally, but internationally as well.

The success of any national or business model for competitiveness in the future will be placed less on capital and much more on talent. We could say that the world is moving from capitalism to ‘talentism’.

Klaus Schwab
Founder and Executive Chairman
World Economic Forum, 2011


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The World Economic Forum (WEF) praised Toronto for its collaborative model in support of talent mobility. The WEF report, Talent Mobility Best Practices – Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth includes a case study on Toronto, highlighting the city’s success in strengthening and expanding its talent pool and elevating the region’s stature as a global centre.