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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

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 to learn more about how you can benefit by investing in Canada.

The Honourable Jim Carr
Minister of International Trade Diversification

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