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Location Canada

Tech Innovators Find a Home for Invention and Growth in Canada

Tom Gresham (Q4 2018)

New incentives are making Canada an attractive place to invest. More

The Canadian Labor Force Works for Success

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2018)

A highly educated, diverse, low-cost workforce is drawing businesses to set up their facilities in Canada. More

Innovative Superclusters to Foster Economic Growth

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canadian Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (Location Canada 2018)

The Government of Canada is investing C$950 million in five economic superclusters aimed at making the nation a world-leading center for innovation. More

Canada Remains A Premier Investment Destination

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2018)

Despite the uncertain investment environment brought about by renegotiation of NAFTA and new U.S.-imposed tariffs, Canada continues to promote FDI by maintaining an open economy, investing in its workforce, and engaging in regional trade partnerships. More

Relationships, Partnerships, and Connections Are Key to Attracting Investment

Bonnie O’Neill, Executive Director, Ontario East Economic Development Commission  (Q3 2018)

Relationships are key to knowing what site selectors and investors are seeking, to learning their needs, and to helping them succeed. More

Area Development Consultants Forum Event Provides Insight on Attracting Canadian FDI

CAI Global (Location Canada 2017)

The Canadian FDI Forum brought together economic developers from across Canada who listened to advice from leading location consultants and corporate decision-makers about the factors that drive site selection and how to garner their share of investment. More

The Not-So-Secret Advantages of a Canadian Location

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2017)

Canada’s business advantages have been recognized for quite some time, resulting in the nation receiving numerous accolades. More

First Person: Ontario’s Investment Office Is a One-Stop Information Source for Investors

Allan O'Dette, Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Investment Office (Location Canada 2017)

Allan O’Dette was appointed as Ontario’s first Chief Investment Officer (CIO) in April 2017. He leads the newly created Ontario Investment Office, which has both a domestic and international facing mandate to secure increased investment in key sectors while strengthening the overall competitiveness of Ontario firms. More

Canada Offers R&D-Focused Companies a Range of Opportunities

Greg MacDonald, P. Eng., Leader of Atlantic R&D and Government Incentives, Grant Thornton LLP (Location Canada 2017)

Canada’s strong mix of funding programs makes it a location worth considering for companies expanding their global R&D footprint. More

Canada: A Favorable Destination for Foreign Direct Investors

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2017)

By facilitating trade and technological modernization, Canada continues to break into the investment attraction competition. More

Skilled Talent and a Collaborative Environment Give Canada a Competitive Edge

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Location Canada 2017)

Its highly educated and diverse population, along with policies geared toward attracting the best and brightest talent, has made Canada essential to technology companies’ growth plans. More

International Location Report: Expectations for a Steady Canadian Economy in 2017

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Expanded immigration will help Canada to fill its need for skilled workers as its high-tech industry sectors expand and its economy continues to grow. More

Canada’s Intent to Create the World’s Largest Trading Bloc

Michael Darch, Founding President, Consider Canada Cities Alliance (Directory 2017)

Combined with NAFTA, CETA provides companies located in Canada with preferential access to the world’s two largest economies — the U.S. and the EU — that together with Canada represent half of the world’s GDP. More

North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Q4 2016)

A new generation of collaborative robots is increasing industrial efficiency and productivity while the increasing affordability of advanced robotics technology has the potential to quickly make smaller businesses more competitive. A key to unlocking that potential will be meeting the industry’s need for skilled labor to drive robotics-related research and commercialization. More

Cloud Adoption Multiplying Data Center Demand

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2016)

The rising reliance on digital content and data sovereignty laws are driving demand for data center space. More

Looking to Canada to Satisfy Your Workforce Needs

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Location Canada 2016)

With six out of 10 CIOs believing skills shortages will prevent their organizations from keeping up with the speed of change, the solution might be closer than expected. One needs only to look up. More

Foreign Investors Connect to the World from Canada

Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises (Location Canada 2016)

Canada’s logistics infrastructure and trade connections can be quite beneficial to foreign investors and shippers. More

The “Northern Secret” of Canada’s Cities Revealed

Michael Darch, Founding President, Consider Canada Cities Alliance (Location Canada 2016)

Advanced technology companies are drawn by Canada’s overall cost and other advantages, while recognizing the synergism found in its urban centers. More

Canada: A Leader in FDI Attractiveness

Howard Silverman, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group and Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2016)

Canada’s new federal government is expected to build on the nation’s already enviable position for foreign direct investment, which is enhanced by numerous tax and other financial incentives. More

Which Countries Have Lowest Business Costs?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2016)

According to the 2016 Competitive Alternatives report from KPMG, the United States has dropped to 10th place for lowest business costs — the only time the U.S. has ever placed this low in Competitive Alternatives rankings. More

International Location Report: A Solid Foundation for Economic Success in Canada

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

Further investment in job training, innovation, and infrastructure by the new government in Ottawa will serve to enhance Canada’s economic strengths. More

Data Center Demand Emerges Throughout New Locations in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2016)

Data centers are key economic drivers in markets within which they operate, and operators have looked to be more efficient with their locations, expanding into regions with more flexible utility costs, incentives packages or lower taxes. More

How to Navigate the Law When Doing Business in Canada

Geoffrey S. Belsher, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and Stefania Zilinskas, Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Location Canada 2015)

Individuals and business wishing to establish a business in Canada need to familiarize themselves with the laws concerning forms of organization, FDI, competition, taxation, labor, privacy, the environment, and more. More

Tax Cuts and New Investment Programs Advance FDI in Canada

Howard Silverman, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group and Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2015)

Federal and provincial tax cuts and new investment programs have proven a strong draw for foreign investors in machinery, equipment, and facilities in Canada. More

Canada: A Leader in the Development of Smart Grid Technology

Jiri Skopek, Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability, ECD JLL (Location Canada 2015)

Smart grids and smart buildings work together to save energy and keep the production line moving. More

The Canadian Advantage: Competitive Business Costs and Low Taxes

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2015)

Competitive costs and low taxes help to fuel the diverse economy on display in Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. More

International Companies Increasing Their Investments in Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

Brian Morris, Chair, Ontario Food Cluster (Location Canada 2015)

International agri-businesses looking for a talented labor pool, market reach, incentives for R&D, and other tax credits are locating and expanding in Canada. More

Expanding the Cloud: The Top Data Center Markets in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Data Centers 2015)

The data center market is seeing high demand and low price. The competitive pricing is due in part to the large number of options available, yet the industry is expected to enjoy 32 percent growth in North America by 2016, ultimately becoming a $14.8 billion market. More

International Location Report: Energy and Manufacturing Drive Canada’s Economic Growth

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

There are lots of reasons Canada is consistently a top G-7 performer - not only is its banking system one of the best in the world, it has a highly diversified economy, ranging from traditional industries like forestry and mining to knowledge-based sectors like IT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. More

European Automakers Look to North America

David Leverett, Consultant Partner, HMC Global (Advanced Industries 2014)

Direct investment in North America is allowing European automotive companies to distinguish themselves from their competitors. More

Canada’s Competitive Corporate Tax Landscape

Howard Silverman, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2014)

Canada has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the business tax landscape. Once known for having one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the developed world, Canada now has one of the lowest rates of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrial economies and is near the middle of the pack of OECD countries. More

Canada to Widen It's Channels of Trade

Leslie Wagner, Senior Principal, Ginovus (Location Canada 2014)

Although it’s not without challenges, implementation of Canada’s trade agreement with the EU would have many benefits as well as an economic impact on world trade. More

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

Lou Zacharilla, Co-founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Location Canada 2014)

The debate about whether broadband and technology should become required investments is over. The discussion now is how to connect these neutral technologies to an endless natural resource: the human being. For the next 12 months Toronto will be the city that serves as the model of the Intelligent Community movement and the future. More

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

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2014)

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

Canada's Business Advantages Attracting Increased Inward Investment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2014)

Its well-educated and skilled workforce, superior transportation infrastructure, safe and secure banking system, low tax rates, and enviable quality of life continue to make Canada a top choice for investment. More

Canada’s Clean Little Secret

Sean Dyke, Economic Development Manager , City of St. Thomas, Ontario (Location Canada 2014)

Canada’s clean-technology sector — including water, wind, solar, smart grid technology, and more — offers numerous opportunities and advantages to relocating or expanding companies. More

Canada’s Clean Little Secret

Sean Dyke, Economic Development Manager , City of St. Thomas, Ontario (Location Canada 2014)

Canada’s clean-technology sector — including water, wind, solar, smart grid technology, and more — offers numerous opportunities and advantages to relocating or expanding companies. More

Ontario Aerospace Cluster Evolves ‘Innovation Ecosystem’ Approach

Richard K. Wallace, Editor and Publishing Director, The Next Silicon Valley (Q2 2014)

In today's global, knowledge-intensive tech clusters, places like Ontario are finding that they need to look beyond trade and commerce, beyond just sector and cluster economics in order to sustain business growth and future economic development. More

International Location Report: Canada Presents a Stable Business Climate

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2014)

Canada’s wealth of resources and pro-business environment has helped the nation to attract recent big investment projects from around the world. More

Tech Incubators’ Outsized Impact on Innovation and Job Creation

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)

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

Minister's Letter

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade

As Canada’s Minister of International Trade, I am delighted to welcome readers of the 2018 edition of Location Canada, produced by Area Development for over two decades. Global investors recognize Canada is increasingly the home of innovation, creativity, and a stable and growing economy that delivers secure returns. In Canada, investors find a regulatory environment that supports openness to trade, investment, and talent, with rock-solid investor protections.

Canada is a top investment destination.
Canada provides investors with global ambition, unparalleled market access. Businesses operating in Canada already benefit from preferential access to 44 foreign markets around the world; with the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), this access will expand to over 1.5 billion of the world’s wealthiest consumers and a combined GDP of over US$50 trillion, representing almost two thirds of the world’s output of goods and services.

The Canadian government has also announced a number of initiatives as part of Canada’s Innovation Agenda — an ambitious plan that fundamentally enhances how foreign investors can participate in the Canadian economy. The new Canada Infrastructure Bank, Canada’s new Global Skills Strategy, its Strategic Investment Fund, and Venture Capital Action Plan provide tremendous opportunities for foreign investors to benefit from and participate in Canadian economic growth.

In March 2018 we launched Invest in Canada, a single-window service to help business focus on securing the right location and the tools to move swiftly toward their investment. By bringing together industry, community partners, and all levels of government, Invest in Canada will provide seamless service that will make it easier for international investors to build innovative and global businesses in Canada.

There has never been a better time to invest in Canada.
Canada is one of the best places in the world to do business. Canada remains the easiest place to start a business in the OECD and offers foreign investors the best availability of skilled labor and highest R&D spending (as a share of GDP) in the G20, which we also lead for the Democracy Index, the Social Progress Imperative, and the Global Peace Index.

Your operations will benefit from the most highly educated workforce in the OECD and a highly competitive research and development tax environment. Canada is one of the most open and multicultural countries in the world, and investors can rely on a financial system that is ranked as one of the most stable in the world.

I invite you to read the following pages and to visit www.investincanada.org to learn more about how you can benefit by investing in Canada.

Sincerely,
The Honourable Jim Carr
Minister of International Trade Diversification

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