CANADA’S LARGE CITIES MEET TO DISCUSS SHIFTING ECONOMIC SANDS

Consider Canada City Alliance holds Consultations with Federal Government on a Wide Range of Economic Issues

Vancouver, BC/Ville de Québec, QC, FEB 23, 2017  – Collaborating as members of the Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA), thirteen of Canada’s large cities met in Ottawa to continue building the urban contribution to Canada’s economic success. In addition to discussing recent shifts in the geo-political situation and consulting key federal stakeholders regarding new initiatives in the federal Fall Economic Statement, the CCCA welcomed Hamilton as its newest member and elected Ian McKay, the CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission, as Chair, and Hubert Bolduc of Montreal International as Vice-Chair.

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Consider Canada City Alliance Endorses Invest in Canada Hub

Cities eager to help shape new investment attraction initiative for maximum impact

OTTAWA – Nov. 2, 2016 – Representing 63.4% national GDP and 82.5% of GDP growth, the Consider Canada City Alliance welcomes the opportunity to help shape a new Federal Invest in Canada Hub focused on international investment attraction. Yesterday’s Fall Economic Statement described “a new, dedicated high-impact sales force to promote Canada, and to work with global companies to forge global partnerships and invite them to expand into Canada.”

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Canada’s large cities applaud signing of CETA

“CETA Top 5” from the Canadian cities responsible for over 63% of national GDP

OTTAWA – OCT. 31, 2016 – The economic development organizations of 12 of Canada’s largest cities applaud the perseverance and leadership shown by the Federal government leading up to the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels yesterday.

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What Dominic Barton thinks Canada should do to boost the economy

The chair of the expert panel that is to advise Justin Trudeau's government on the development of a long-term economic strategy believes Canada should pursue free-trade agreements with Asia's major economies, woo foreign capital and significantly upgrade national infrastructure as it attempts to boost the national economy and deal with serious long-term challenges.

"I think there's quite a lot to do," Dominic Barton, managing director of McKinsey, the powerful global consulting firm, told the CBC's Rosemary Barton during an interview on Power & Politics on Wednesday.

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The "Northern Secret" of Canada's Cities Revealed

Writing on Area Development, Michael Darch of the Consider Canada Cities Alliance highlighted the advantages to investing in Canadian cities. He stated that Canada offered an overall cost advantage, especially in knowledge-based services, and supportive ecosystems with high levels of skilled labour and a supportive network for businesses. He cited success stories of foreign investment, including the video game developer Ubisoft in Montréal, Toronto, Quebec City, and Halifax, Google in Waterloo, Toronto, and Montréal, and Boeing in Winnipeg.

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Government promoting investment in our communities

The Government of Canada is helping communities from across the country attract job-creating investment so they can continue to grow and prosper. On behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister, today in Vancouver announced funding of $3,783,882 to 87 municipalities and regional organizations across Canada.

This funding comes from the Invest Canada - Community Initiatives (ICCI) program, which helps communities attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment. New investments mean new offices and factories being built here at home, creating jobs for Canadians.

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Canada needs to fast-track immigration to bring in crucial tech talent

Canada needs to fast-track immigration to bring in crucial tech talent

There is evidence that many skilled professionals are seriously considering moving to Canada right now. This offers Canadian startups an unprecedented opportunity. It’s clear that the startup sector wants access to hire top foreign talent.  For our innovation economy to thrive, government and industry need to work together to attract the right talent with competitive immigration policy.

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