George Brown College partners with City of Toronto, MaRS and ReMAP to create urban manufacturing hub

George Brown College is working to create a new urban manufacturing space for entrepreneurs in Toronto. It’s an innovative, first-of-its-kind project in North America.  

We’re working with the City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District and Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) to create a light-manufacturing space and hub within a high-density residential development on the downtown west side of Toronto. The goal is to provide space for hardware manufacturing and prototyping for new companies and to support Toronto's thriving tech sector. 

The mixed-use complex will be built at 440 Dufferin St., just north of Queen Street, by developer Fitzrovia. There will be three buildings in total—two fully residential, and the third will be partially residential and will house a 60,000 square-foot light-manufacturing space, including 14,500 square-feet dedicated to the incubator, called Factory 6. The project is slated to open in July 2020.

"Technical innovation is a vital component of local economic development. As markets evolve, companies that can successfully tap into new and exciting technologies positively impact industry and communities," said Anne Sado, President, George Brown College.

"We see an opportunity here to revitalize urban manufacturing, as many Canadian entrepreneurs have big ideas but lack the practical skills, infrastructure and resources needed to navigate the road to commercialization. George Brown College, with our extensive track record of successfully helping industry get products to market, is excited to lead this initiative in collaboration with MaRS and ReMAP and forge a new future for manufacturing in Toronto and beyond."

Toronto Mayor John Tory highlighted the importance of partnerships when it comes to creating innovative new solutions.

"This partnership with George Brown College, MaRS and ReMap represents an opportunity to create a new one-of-a-kind manufacturing space in Toronto," Tory said. "Partnerships of this nature are key to creating more jobs and building a collaborative and innovative community within our City."