Why Milton is the GTA's Newest Innovation Cluster
Development and Innovation With a highly-skilled workforce and local services to support tech, it's not hard to see why Milton's emerging as the GTA's newest cluster for innovation.
Artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, and automation are changing the future of employment markets across Canada and driving growth in the knowledge-based economy. In Ontario, growing urban centres like Milton — in the west end of the GTA — have seen steady increases in knowledge-based job growth since 2011, exceeding the provincial average.
Milton attracts top talent
With one of the youngest and most educated populations in Ontario, Milton has created a formula for attracting employers and highly-skilled, niche talent to its community fuelling job growth and innovation across sectors.
When cutting-edge businesses join an established community, they can expand quickly.
Their central location along Ontario's Innovation Corridor — the second-largest technology cluster in North America — is part of the appeal for companies like Enable Education, an award-winning technology business specializing in the development of digital training solutions and Advanced Test and Automation (ATA), experts in the development of unique technology for automotive testing systems. Companies like these are part of a growing cluster of knowledge-intensive, innovative businesses in Milton.
When cutting-edge businesses join an established community and are introduced to opportunities for new partnerships and collaborations, they can expand quickly — hiring additional engineers, designers, and developers to keep up with the demand.
Staff designing at Throwback Entertainment's new head office located at the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre.
Investing in innovation
Milton has made strategic investments through the Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre, a hub supporting local businesses. The Centre has been instrumental in creating opportunities to enhance the soft infrastructure for innovation in Milton with incubators, cluster initiatives, training, and resources. It also provides entrepreneurs and growing businesses with options for flexible, modern office spaces necessary to accommodate their changing needs.
At the end of the day, quality of life is at the heart of choosing where you want to settle down and build your career.
Milton-based digital media and gaming company, Throwback Entertainment, has greatly benefitted from the support of the MEV Innovation Centre. They have expanded their operations and increased their workforce twice in the last three years. The expansion of this company continues to strengthen the interactive gaming industry and digital media sector in the town.
At the end of the day, quality of life is at the heart of choosing where you want to settle down and build your career. Milton is well-positioned to continue its impressive growth as employers and skilled professionals seek-out new urban spaces in the GTA where they can accelerate their businesses and innovate alongside a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.