The OCE Story

ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION 
Over the past quarter century, Ontario and Canada have seen their traditional economic foundation shift from a North American-focused and commodities-based economy to one that is globally oriented and knowledge-based. OCE is playing a key role as a catalyst in advancing Ontario’s economic transformation.

THE CHALLENGE 
Prior to the creation of Ontario Centres of Excellence, connections amongst universities, colleges, research hospitals and industry were limited. Academic and research institutions were producing quality research that was not being utilized to its full potential by industry.

Now, OCE bridges that gap and creates productive working partnerships between Ontario industry, university and college research departments, and research hospitals.

HOW ONTARTIO BENEFITS 
Today, OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across strategic market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s and Canada’s global competitiveness. OCE focuses on areas that will deliver the greatest social and economic benefits including jobs to communities across the province.

OUR KEY PARTNERS AND FUNDERS 
OCE is funded by the Government of Ontario, is a member of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE) and is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda.

OCE, through its Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR) – an initiative financially supported by the federal government – also acts as a catalyst that allows innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness.