Event : In-Person Presentation and Q&A Panel

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

Jan 25 2023 @ Toronto Workforce Innovation Group

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Design is recognized around the world as a key to economic and social prosperity. Join us for a presentation and discussion of a report on the Design Sector’s workforce along with insights into its importance and challenges.

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.

Think Design Report 2022 Cover

This event will feature 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 will be followed by a Q & A with a panel of industry experts.

The event will be followed by a light lunch.



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



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John MacLaughlin

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Venue Location & Direction

Toronto Workforce Innovation Group
Centre for Social Innovation
192 Spadina Ave, Suite 403
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2

Phone +1 (416) 934-1653

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