McMaster Economic Impact Study


With strong academic programming, competitive research capacity, a successful and expansive alumni network, and integration with the City of Hamilton, McMaster makes a significant contribution to the local, provincial and national economies.

According to the McMaster Economic Impact Study by accounting firm KPMG, McMaster’s activities – including operating and capital expenditures, attracting tourism and talent to the Hamilton region, human capital development, and support for research, innovation and entrepreneurship – resulted in a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) impact of $9.2 billion to the Canadian economy.

The university’s contribution to the local Hamilton economy was estimated to be $3.9 billion.

Highlights from the report include:

  • $1.6 billion of GDP and more than 14,000 full-time equivalents are created as a result of McMaster’s annual expenditures in the economy.
  • An estimated $3.5 billion in annual GDP in Ontario can be linked to the cumulative impact of research and development at McMaster since 1971. This impact is estimated to be $1.3 billion in annual GDP in the City of Hamilton.
  • Through McMaster’s role in human capital development, the university has generated an estimated $2.6 billion in additional income and contributed $3.9 billion of GDP impact to the Ontario economy.
  • McMaster has a history of partnering with the private sector, public sector and research institutes around the world to address scientific and societal challenges through research. In 2016, McMaster received $354.6 million in sponsored research funding.

Download a copy of McMaster’s Economic Impact Report.

Read the Hamilton Spectator story about McMaster’s economic impact (April 24, 2019)