Centre for

Fuel the Talent Pipeline

The development of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, Canada’s top technology cluster, is a global success story and a model for economic growth. Analysts suggest it could boost the country’s gross domestic product by $17.5 billion each year and host more than 170,000 new jobs.

But the success of the Innovation Corridor and the realization of its tremendous potential will absolutely depend on our ability to develop, attract and retain the talented workers required to establish and build the businesses, the services and the supporting infrastructure that will fuel its growth.

Contributing to Business Development

Almost 90 per cent of Conestoga’s international students hope to live and work in Canada after completing their education.

Enrolment in graduate certificate programs at Conestoga has increased 40 per cent in the last 3 years.

More than 40 per cent of students at Ontario colleges have previous post-secondary education.


  • Expand programming in information and digital technologies and management excellence, key drivers for economic development
  • Provide opportunities for youth to augment existing education through career-focused experiential learning that leads to workforce access and success
  • Serve as a magnet for international students and foreign-trained newcomers to Canada

Addressing today’s needs

  • Increase capacity for delivering career-focused graduate programming for both domestic and international students to develop new talent aligned with emerging business and industry needs
  • Serve as a hub for new and expanded IT programming, including new degree programs, to help fuel the talent pipeline
  • The national Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) predicts that Canada will require an additional 182,000 ICT workers by 2019

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