Innovation Policy Lab Database

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on local and regional economic development and innovation, urban economic development and social inclusion, civic engagement

Areas of expertise

The Innovation Policy Database is a research facility maintained by the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. The facility is designed to address economic development issues in the global knowledge-based economy. It was created from a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) award (2011-2013) with matching funds from the Ontario Research Fund and in-kind contributions from The Conference Board of Canada and The Impact Group. The Innovation Policy Database formalizes a series of SSHRC-funded quantitative research activities undertaken by the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) on industrial clusters in Canada (2001-2005) and creativity and innovation in Canadian city-regions (2006-2010). Within the Innovation Policy Lab, the database is the repository for a wide range of public and private datasets, that have been standardized and linked together by consistent local geographies, industries, and clusters.

Research services

Data processing and manipulation, modelling, testing, prototyping, analytical services involving new data, creation of tools for analyzing data and visualization of data

Sectors of application
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Management and business related services
  • Policy and governance

Specialized lab


Arc GIS + ftp + MS Access

Used to interface with database

  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development/Trade and Employment
  • Ontario Ministry of Research and innovation
  • Consider Canada City Alliance