Peterborough & the Kawarthas has strength in manufacturing which has increased in employment share.
Similar to other communities in Ontario, the face of Advanced Manufacturing is changing with many smaller, innovation-based companies emerging in communities throughout the region. With this change in manufacturing, Peterborough & the Kawarthas is seeing greater cross-over in agriculture and cleantech. It is an exciting time for manufacturers in this region, as innovation, creativity, and technological advancements set the stage for future growth and opportunity.
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Meet the Kawartha Manufacturers’ Association (KMA)
KMA’s objective is to grow the regional economy through World Class Manufacturing and the development of a diverse, highly skilled workforce.
- Creation and promotion of development, training and funding opportunities.
- Provide networking and best practice sharing opportunities in the Kawarthas region and in Eastern Ontario (Tri-Association initiatives).
- Raise and promote manufacturing issues with all levels of Government.
- Promote strategic partnerships with industry, government, education Institutions and community stakeholders.
KMA’s mission is to increase the competitiveness and competencies of manufacturers in the Kawarthas by:
- Providing a forum for sharing information, ideas and resources.
- Promoting continuous improvement through education in contemporary management and manufacturing practices.
- Improving the appreciation of manufacturing and its contribution to the regional quality of life.
- Improving links between education, other manufacturers and government.
Advanced Manufacturing in Canada
Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) provide preferential access and market opportunities in Europe, Asia and North America. 1
Advanced Manufacturing in Ontario
Peterborough possesses a skilled workforce with over 54% of the population possessing a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree. 
There are 10,240 people (8.06% of the population) aged 15 years and over in Peterborough with an Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma.
33,132 people or over ¼ of Peterborough’s population (26.08% of the population) possess a College, CEGEP, or other non-university certificate or diploma.
The School of Trades and Technology offers 7 diplomas and 11 apprenticeship programs and a range of graduate certificates aligned with the advanced manufacturing sector.
Home to the Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT), a multipurpose research centre for both industrial and academic research projects. CAMIIT will be expanding local capacity in applied research activities in design, development, prototyping, and improvement of products and technologies for use in the advanced manufacturing marketplace.
Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre Fuelling Regional Talent
Fleming College runs an 87,000 sq. ft. world-class trades and technology skills training facility in Peterborough. The facility consistently supplies local businesses with top-quality talent through its full-and part-time trades programs, apprenticeship programs, dual-credit high school courses, and contract training. In 2017, KTTC was one of 10 winners of the American Institute of Architects, Education Facility Design Award, which recognizes cutting-edge designs that enhance student learning. The flexible, multi-disciplinary design of the learning spaces allows for better integration of the trades, similar to a real-world worksite. It ensures students are prepared for the real world. 
Manufacturing has been a sector of strength in this region for more than a century. There are just over 300 Manufacturing businesses in the region.
As of 2021, Manufacturing was Peterborough’s 5th largest sector by labour force.
Fleming College accounted for 69% of graduates or 3,746 people.
Trent University accounted for 31% of graduates or 1,662 people.
Peterborough’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector supplies to the Aerospace, Nuclear, Clean Tech Water, power generation, Automobile, Food & Beverages, and Instrumentation/Automation industries
Companies in this sector’s supply chain manufacture machinery & equipment, metal & plastic products, and machined components.
From Peterborough, Ontario, Multinational and Canadian companies deliver products and services to around the globe, including South America, Europe and Asia.
In Good Company
Peterboro Matboards is a recognized world leader in the manufacture of exceptional quality matboards that enhance works of art and photograph presentations.
Central Smith Creamery roots date back to 1896, with ice cream production being shipped locally and across Canada since 1952.
BWXT Peterborough assembles fuel bundles and manufactures fuel destined for CANDU reactor power generating plants
Corn and high-grade alcohol based pure ethanol production facility
Global leader in the production of effective, healthy and environmentally responsible cleaning solutions
Bringing cricket-based food products and sustainable sources of protein to a nutrition-starved world.
The go-to manufacturer of high-quality injection-moulded parts and products
Multi-Awarded Auto Industry Supplier Stays The Course
A world leader in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software.
Flying Colours Corp is a global aviation services company providing comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul services, refurbishments, special mission modifications, avionics upgrades and installations, exterior paintwork and more.
On target production of award-winning firearms.
Advanced Manufacturing Resources & Support Organizations
- Invest In Canada: Advanced Manufacturing
- Kawartha Manufacturers’ Association
- Northumberland Manufacturers’ Association
- Quinte Manufacturers’ Association
- Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
- Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
- Ontario East
- Workforce Development Board Peterborough
- Peterborough & the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce