The OCE Story


Past, present and future

For nearly 30 years, Ontario Centres of Excellence 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 and 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. We concentrate on areas that will deliver the greatest social and economic benefits through more and better jobs across the province. 

We are now significantly increasing our focus on youth entrepreneurship as a means of fostering Ontario’s culture of entrepreneurship and developing the next generation of business leaders. 

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