Competing on Creativity

Research Report

Competing on Creativity

Placing Ontario's Cities in North American Context


Creativity is crucial to economic growth. Regions must develop, attract and retain creative people who generate innovations, develop technology-intensive industries and power economic growth. Creative people concentrate within particular city-regions with a social environment open to creativity and diversity. The ability to attract creative people and to be open to a diverse population provides advantages to regions in generating innovations, growing and attracting high-technology industries, and spurring economic growth. This report examines the relationship between talent, technology, creativity and diversity in city-regions in Ontarioand Canada more generallyand compares these to relationships found to exist in American metropolitan regions.

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