Think Design: A Labour Market Analysis of Toronto’s Design Sector Presentation

25 January 2023

Event Recap

Design is recognized around the world as a key to economic and social prosperity. This event featured a presentation of the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG) report ‘Think Design’ by its author Kevin Stolarick which provides a portrait of the Design Sector’s workforce along with insights into its importance and challenges. The presentation followed by a Q & A with a panel of industry experts.

Background Information

The Design cluster includes both firms specific to these disciplines and the trained and skilled individuals working in design related occupations across numerous industries. The Toronto design industry needs to be profiled to better realize its potential and the potential of its practitioners to address innovation and social needs emerging in today’s complex economic and social environment.

Research from over 15 years ago found over 25,000 individuals working in design across the GTA. More recent estimates put the number of individuals working in a design-related occupation at over 50,000. Toronto is well positioned to take advantage of this current design focus with a critical mass of designers working in the design disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, industrial, interior, graphic, fashion, planning and urban design.


  • Toronto Workforce Innovation Group
  • Province of Ontario
  • Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC)



  • TWIG

    Toronto Workforce Innovation Group is a non-profit and independent research organization devoted to finding and promoting solutions to employment-related problems in the Toronto Region.

Think Design: A Labour Market Analysis of Toronto’s Design Sector Presentation

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