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Location Canada

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 Stackhouse-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, Vice President & Partner, 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, Vice President & Partner, 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 Stackhouse-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, 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

Minister's Letter

Chrystia Freeland

As Canada’s Minister of International Trade, it gives me great pleasure to welcome readers of the 2016 edition of Location Canada.

There has never been a better time to invest in Canada. Our country offers investors an attractive business environment, abundant human and natural resources, and vibrant, connected communities with the highest quality of life among 60 countries.

Canada’s real competitive advantage is its people. Canada offers businesses the most educated talent pool among OECD countries. Canadians are also global citizens with connections to the rest of the world. Together, Canadians have created a stable and inclusive democracy with world-class clusters of innovation and government as a supporting partner.

Canada’s dynamism is reflected in our economy. Forbes, Bloomberg and the Economist Intelligence Unit all rate Canada as the best country in the G20 to do business. According to KPMG’s 2016 Competitive Alternatives, overall business costs in Canada are 14.6 percent lower than the U.S. KPMG also concluded that the federal government’s commitment to driving investment in transportation, climate mitigation, and social infrastructure will continue to make Canada an attractive investment location. In addition, Canada’s total business tax rate is the second-lowest in the G20. It should come as no surprise that a survey of more than 4,000 business decision-makers ranked Canada as the best country in the world to headquarter a company.

Furthermore, Canada’s economy is highly integrated into the North American economy and benefits from the region’s cross-border supply chains. In 2018, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the U.S. and Mexico. Since NAFTA entered into force, Canada has added trade agreements in Central and South America, Asia, and Europe, and our Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union is expected to enter into force in early 2017. CETA is one of the most ambitious and progressive trade agreements ever concluded by either Canada or the EU. When it comes into force, Canada will have free-trade agreements with more than 40 countries with nearly 1.2 billion consumers and a combined GDP of almost US$39 trillion, making Canada an ideal base for any company.

Canada is open for business. With our solid banking system, deep and highly skilled talent pool, innovative entrepreneurs, low taxes, easy access to markets, generous support for research and development, and strong commitment to free and open trade, Canada should be your preferred destination for investment. A key part of my mandate is to make Canada an even better place to invest. This includes working to facilitate access to the services foreign investors need to make investing in Canada more attractive. I invite you to learn more about Canada’s competitive advantages within these pages and at


The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Minister of International Trade

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