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Location Canada

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Location Canada Inward Investing Guide

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.

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, Vice President & Partner, 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 Stackhouse-Kaelble (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 (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, Director of Project Management and Development, 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 (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 (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 (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

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

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)

When manufacturing commercial airline components, a skilled labor force helps leave nothing to chance. Food for thought: the next time your plane lands safely and smoothly, you’re likely supported by landing equipment manufactured in Ontario, Canada, where 40 percent of all commercial airline landing gear is made. More

Canada’s Innovative High-Tech Sectors

Mark Crawford (Location Canada 2013)

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

Minister's Letter

Ed Fast

On behalf of the government of Canada, it gives me great pleasure to welcome readers of the 2015 edition of Location Canada magazine.

With a strong economy and solid business fundamentals, Canada remains one of the best places in the world for international business and foreign direct investment. Canada’s combined federal-provincial corporate income tax rate is among the lowest in the industrialized world. Over the past decade, Canada has continually outperformed most of its G-7 peers in the growth of its economy, employment, and per capita income. Our sound economic policies have drawn high praise from some of the world’s most influential financial organizations. According to KPMG’s 2014 Competitive Alternatives report, overall business costs in Canada are the lowest in the G7, 7.2 percent lower than those in the U.S. Forbes and Bloomberg both rate Canada as the best country in the G-20 to do business, and for the past seven years, the World Economic Forum has rated our banking system as the soundest in the world. We are also among just a handful of nations with a triple-A credit rating. Our government is proud of these accolades, which provide assurance to business investors for the success and security of their investments in Canada.

Canada’s economy is already well integrated into key global economies. Through the North American Free Trade Agreement, we offer businesses established in Canada preferential access to a North American market of more than 480 million consumers. This number will increase to nearly one billion consumers when the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) enters into force. Additionally, the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA), which came into force on January 1, 2015, provides a gateway into the dynamic and fast-growing Asian marketplace. CETA and the CKFTA are major achievements for Canada under our government’s pro-export and pro-investment Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP). We are confident that they will deliver profound benefits to the Canadian economy and to those who invest here.

Investing in Canada clearly makes excellent business sense. We 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 infrastructure; easy access to markets; ?and a workforce that is highly educated, innovative, and fully committed to economic success.

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


The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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