The OCE Story


The OCE story…past, present and future

For nearly 30 years, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has been playing a key role as a catalyst in advancing Ontario’s economic transformation. Over the past three decades, Ontario and Canada have seen their traditional economic foundations shift from commodities-based, North American-focused economies to those that are global, outward-looking and knowledge-based.

Prior to the creation of OCE, collaboration between industry and the province’s academic institutions (universities, colleges, research hospitals) was limited. There was a noticeable disconnect between the quality and quantity of research being produced and the level of commercialization resulting from it.

That’s where OCE comes in. Our role is to bridge that gap and create productive working partnerships between Ontario’s industry and academia.

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 through more and better jobs across the province.

OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda. We are funded by the Government of Ontario and are a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE).

Through our flexible suite of programs, we are a catalyst for innovative business development helping companies to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness.