FedDev Ontario invests in geo-mapping tool for Ontario’s manufacturing sector

News Release

November 22, 2017, London, Ontario

Ontario’s manufacturing sector is at the heart of Canada’s economy. When manufacturers and industry stakeholders have the most recent and accurate information, they are better equipped to seize opportunities, collaborate, attract investments and compete. Organizations such as the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing (Trillium) are making it easier to access information on Ontario’s manufacturers, as well as related supply chains, research institutions, and general market information.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced an investment up to $100,000 in the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing to expand its Geo-Mapping Program (GMP). FedDev Ontario’s non-repayable contribution is being made through the Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative.

Manufacturing firms, universities, colleges and research institutions will be able to identify manufacturing companies seeking to partner on research projects, to arrange co-op placements for existing students and to improve employment opportunities for graduating students. The tool has the potential to link academic groups with businesses that would benefit from research and development capabilities, gives domestic and international investors access to firms’ information, and allows businesses looking to locate or expand to find potential manufacturing real estate and opportunities in Ontario.

This project reflects the Government of Canada’s commitment to attracting investment, helping the manufacturing sector increase research and development in order to become more competitive, and supporting skills training and opportunities for the manufacturers of tomorrow.


“The Government of Canada is proud to support Trillium and its commitment to developing solutions for connecting Ontario’s manufacturers with potential partners, investors, and workers. This project will help strengthen the resources available for an integral part of our local and national economy.”

– Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre

“Canada is a country of innovators and the best way to innovate is to connect with potential partners and collaborators. Today’s investment in Trillium will support the improvement of a tool that will make it easier for our manufacturers to make meaningful connections and support Canada’s economy in the long term.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“TrilliumGIS will provide the critical information needed by firms, researchers, students and investors to understand Ontario's manufacturing landscape. It's a decision-making tool designed specifically to help manufacturing grow in Ontario.”

– Ray Tanguay, Vice-Chair, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing

Quick Facts

  • Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing Ltd. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Ontario manufacturing.

  • The GMP will be free of charge and available to the public.

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