$1.2 billion

in sponsored research funding for use in the last year alone – U of T and partner hospitals form Canada’s largest research cluster.

Over 5,000 faculty members, 18,000 graduate students and 2,600 postdoctoral fellows are conducting research and creating new technologies, inventions, companies and jobs.1

No. 1 in Canada

and only Canadian university among times higher education’s top 25 universities working with the most innovative firms.2

Startups turn ideas and innovations into products, services and jobs. With over 150 new research-based startups in the last five years, U of T is

No. 1 in Canada

for start-ups – and we’re a north American leader in the number of new start-ups, new invention disclosures, and new licenses and options.


Since 2006 U of T start-ups have raised over

$500 million

on average4, U of T and partner hospitals file

patent every




Entrepreneurial hubs across three campuses support over


 student-led start-up teams,


 entrepreneurial events, with



 youth attendees,

and over 


 volunteer mentors

every year

And it’s working – in 2016 alone, the teams raised $38.7M in investment and generated $5.1M in sales.7

The U of T research enterprise is an engine that contributes

$15.7 billion

in economic impact across Canada every year.

Research and innovation at U of T has a real and tangible impact on our economy10.

NO. 1 in Canada

for research support from the private sector3


of inventions include a student or postdoc as a co-inventor5

With over


private sector research partners

U of T has research partnerships with a diverse array of private and public sector organizations that span the globe6.

U of T provides a host of opportunities for student entrepreneurs:


courses and programs with over


registrations that focus on entrepreneurship and innovation8

Our students are in demand:

U of T graduates are

No. 1 in Canada


No. 15 globally

for employability

Globally in-demand graduates, alumni in leadership roles and high levels of engagement with employers are just some of the reasons U of T has one of the best graduate employability outcomes in the world. Companies around the world look to U of T for future leaders and talented individuals who can grow their businesses9.

1. VPRI annual report 2016; faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral fellow counts from the U of T Comprehensive Faculty Count report.

2. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/top-universities-working-most-innovative-firms, 2017.

3. Performance Indicators for Governance 2016, based on data from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers’ Financial Information of University and Colleges 2014-15; includes partner hospitals.

4. VPRI annual report 2016. “North American Leader” based on Association of University Managers (AUTM) data, 2012-13 to 2014-15; where available, includes partner hospitals. “$500 million” are funds raised since 2006 not counting partner hospitals.

5. Division of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (DVPRI); not counting partner hospitals.

6. VPRI annual report 2016

7. VPRI annual report 2016

8. Performance Indicators for Governance 2016

9. 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings

10. U of T Economic Impact Report 2013.

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