Local IDEAs – Innovation Policy Lab

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Area(s) of Expertise

Local IDEAs is a research group within the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. The group addresses 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. Local IDEAS 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 group has assembled a wide range of public and private datasets, standardized them, and linked them by consistent local geographies, industries, and clusters. 

What the facility does

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

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

Name of specialized lab

Description of function

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