Did You Know?
London’s digital creative sector - with over 300 companies employing more than 9,000 people - has been built on innovative local start-up ventures finding a niche market and growing into successful Canadian and global players like Autodata Solutions, Info-Tech Research Group and Big Blue Bubble.
The arts have inherent value and make an enormous contribution to the quality of life and vibrancy of London. Artists and arts organizations offer arts programs for learners of all ages.
Technology companies in London specialize in interactive game development, manufacturing plant floor software, financial services, asset management, content management middleware and creative content.
- Infrastructure such as affordable downtown office space including many heritage buildings, fibre optic connectivity, certified data centre sites, and great entertainment venues are among the reasons why an increasing number of technology companies are choosing London
- Technology incubation and acceleration opportunities exist at the Western University Research Park and downtown London’s Hacker Studios, Innovation Works, Magnus Associates, Regus and UnLondon Digital Media Association
- London has 1,200 arts and culture businesses employing 7,700 workers with 6,000 students enrolled in arts and culture programming. Arts and culture makes a direct contribution of $540 million to the regional economy.
Education, Research & Development
- TechAlliance helps entrepreneurs with new technologies or fast-growing tech companies access resources and expertise through services such as business analysis, prototyping, market intelligence, and access to capital
- OIART is the first school of its kind in North America providing an education that prepares students for the audio industry
- The London Arts Council and the London Heritage Council have cultural related programming including mentorship, youth engagement, and arts education
- Western University has programs in Computer Science, including a minor in game development and Computer and Software Engineering
- Fanshawe College has programs in Information Technology such as programming and networking, as well as Contemporary Media including digital media, games, 3D animation and web development
- The new Centre for Digital and Performing Arts (CDPA) with Fanshawe College is a 50,000 square-foot facility, located in the heart of downtown London, is equipped with modern labs, classrooms, and collaborative learning spaces for 400 students and staff. The centre is home to a number of Fanshawe's creative programs, such as 3D Animation and Character Design, Interactive Media Design and Production, Technical Costume Studies, and Theatre Arts.
- For those who want hands-on experience in production as well as the theoretical background necessary to critically analyze media, Western offers an Information and Media Studies program that teaches students the fundamentals that they will need to pursue a successful career in a media-related field.
Case StudyCase Study: Bron Animation
Bron Studios Inc., a British Columbia film production company, opened a London office for its animation division in 2016. The new business helps diversify London's growing digital media sector that includes 300 tech businesses, with 40 in digital media. The London studio will help woo talent from across Ontario, as well as grow the industry locally. Click here to view the full case study.
London’s digital creative sector has grown in all aspects. The roles and programs have become more diverse and more specialized, and we have certainly benefited from that growth.Greg Perrier, President and CEO, Autodata Solutions
London Tech Jobs
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July 21, 2018 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Help us celebrate some of the people who have made a positive impact on London’s LGBT2Q+ communities.
July 22, 2018
The next Home County Music & Art Festival takes place July 20th to 22nd, 2018. It will be the 45th time we've done this since our inception in 1973, making Home County London's longest running summer festival.
July 23 - 27, 2018 | 9:00AM to 4:00PM
The Future Design School Young Innovators Program empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. We help kids uncover their passion, build prototypes and pitch solutions that bring meaningful change to the world. Students learn design methods and get hands-on experience building new business offerings.
July 17, 2018Pride London Festival returns for 24th annual celebration
Londoners and local businesses are gearing up for the city’s 10-day festival celebrating all things LGBTQ2+. Article by: Shalu Mehta, The London Free Press, July 17, 2018.
July 12, 2018London-based Voices.com goes global with $18 million raise
Having participated in two Canadian Technology Accelerator cohorts in 2015 and 2013, Voices.com now has deep roots in the New York tech ecosystem and is firing on all cylinders. Article by: Startup News Canada, July 3, 2018.
July 03, 2018City of London joins SWIFT, committing to $690,000 to building 'broadband for everyone'
The City of London has committed $690,000 to building ‘broadband for everyone’ by joining SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) as a capital contributing member in the regional initiative that will connect southwestern Ontario, Caledon, and Niagara Region to modern broadband infrastructure.