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Location Canada provides an introduction to direct investment into Canada for the global-minded company with practical advice and guidance about facilities deployment, labor force skills, taxes and incentives, and more.

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In Focus: Toronto Named World’s “Most Intelligent” Community

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At the Forefront of the Advanced Manufacturing Movement, Canada Embraces Transformation

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A leader in innovative manufacturing, Canada recognizes and supports its knowledge-based, high-tech industries which, in turn, continue to invest in cutting-edge R&D More

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Canada’s Clean Little Secret

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Ontario Aerospace Cluster Evolves ‘Innovation Ecosystem’ Approach

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The ecosystems created by high-tech incubators popping up all over North America have become true job-creation drivers, attracting attention from CEOs for their distinctively collaborative workplace culture that drives innovation and growth. More

Coming in for a Landing: Ontario’s Aerospace Cluster Comes of Age

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Canada’s clean energy, ICT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing sectors are clustered around seven vibrant metropolitan areas. More

Canada Lays Out Welcome Mat for Entrepreneurs

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The Bi-Coastal Gateway to North America

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Ivestment Consulting Associates (Location Canada 2013)

Canada’s national government has developed and is now implementing a series of gateway and corridor strategies in order to become the preferred route into and out of North America. More

Canada’s Thriving Economy Meets New-Age Challenges

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A combination of beneficial attributes across a diverse industrial and geographic landscape has made Canada a global economic leader and attractive place to invest. More

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Canada's Economy on a Growth Track

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Navigating the Law When Doing Business in Canada

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Canadian Citizens - and Businesses - Enjoy a High Quality of Life

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The Canadian FDI Climate: Taxes and Incentives Advantages

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Canada's Logistics and Infrastructure Advanatages Benefit Global Supply-Chains

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Minister's Letter

Ed Fast

On behalf of the government of Canada, it gives me great pleasure to address readers of the 2013 edition of Location Canada magazine.

Canada remains one of the best places in the world for international business and foreign direct investment, with a robust economy and strong business fundamentals. Indeed, in the aftermath of the worst global recession in a generation, Canada has continued to outperform its G-7 peers in terms of job creation, economic growth, income growth, and our debt-to-GDP ratio. Forbes magazine has rated Canada as the best country in the G-20 for business and the World Economic Forum has rated our banking system as the world’s soundest for the past five years. We are also among just a handful of nations in the world with a triple-A credit rating. This provides assurance to business investors here and abroad about the security of their direct investments in Canada.

Our government is working to ensure that Canada continues to be a top destination for foreign investment that benefits Canadians and investors alike. Through Economic Action Plan 2013, we are bolstering the competitiveness of the Canadian economy by investing in the manufacturing sector, encouraging innovation, and increasing the availability of skilled labor. Further, we are improving Canada’s public infrastructure, deepening our trade and investment relationships in large and fast-growing markets in the world, and improving our country’s fiscal framework by returning to a balanced budget in 2015. Our government continues to create the conditions needed to attract the global investors who create jobs and new sources of economic growth and prosperity in communities across Canada.

Clearly, investing in Canada makes excellent business sense. We offer access to a North American market of over 460 million consumers. We also offer a strong, stable financial system; low taxes; one of the highest standards of living in the G-20; a business-friendly environment; world-class cities; spectacular natural landscapes; and an innovative, well-educated, and multicultural work force. Canada truly provides a preferred destination for global investment.

I invite you to learn more about Canada’s world-leading business advantages — and why Canada continues to be a top destination for foreign investment — within these pages and at investincanada.com.

Sincerely,


The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

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