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Government of Canada unveils economic growth strategy for Northern 
Ontario


Innovation-targeted strategy will build on the region’s unique  strengths and competitive advantages to create middle-class jobs and  business opportunities
                                                         
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Canadians living and working in Northern Ontario will benefit from a  new targeted approach to economic development with a focus on  innovation, thanks to the Government  of Canada’s Prosperity and Growth 
Strategy for Northern Ontario (PGSNO). The strategic plan was developed  following wide consultations with 1000 people including Indigenous,  municipal and provincial leaders, as well as innovation and business  stakeholders  from across the region.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and  Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor, and the  Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister  of Employment, Workforce Development  and Labour, were in Thunder Bay today to unveil the PGSNO, an economic 
development plan that will help guide future Government of Canada  activities and investments in Northern Ontario. Among other priorities,  the regional  strategy will invest in the talent and people of Northern  Ontario, ensuring communities have the necessary skills for the  middle-class jobs of tomorrow.

The PGSNO is focused on three key areas: supporting innovation; growing  companies; and building stronger communities: 

·         Supporting innovation - by expanding and strengthening the  regional innovation ecosystem and  providing support for incubators,  accelerators and clusters;

·         Growing companies - by enhancing supports for business  start-ups and scale-ups, promoting  the adoption of advanced  technologies, and increasing the capacity of companies to export; and

·         Building stronger communities - by helping municipalities and  Indigenous communities better  respond to economic development  opportunities and challenges.
The development of the PGSNO followed an announcement by Minister Bains  in April 2017 which outlined how each of Canada’s six Regional  Development Agencies (RDAs) would prepare an economic growth strategy  aimed  at seizing business and job growth opportunities created by the 
innovation economy.
 
Quotes
 
"The Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario is the  Government of Canada’s forward-thinking approach to help the region  innovate, capitalize on business opportunities and create  well-paying,  middle-class jobs. This nationally coordinated, regionally tailored  strategy will help ensure that Northern Ontario can fully benefit from  our national Innovation and Skills plan in a way that makes sense to  local communities, businesses, and  Canadians living and working in the  region."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and 
Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor
 
"Northern Ontario has a wealth of innovative thinkers, a diversifying  economy and tremendous potential. The Prosperity and Growth Strategy  for Northern Ontario will position the region for success and will help  create more business opportunities,  strengthen the middle class and  grow our economy."
- The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce 
Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder 
Bay—Superior North
 
"Under the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario, we will  help the region’s creators and trailblazers position Northern Ontario  communities and businesses for long-term economic  growth and 
sustainability. Harnessing the power of Northern Ontario’s bright minds  is key to enabling us to compete globally, developing new products and  creating jobs for middle-class Canadians."

- Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River
"Ontario welcomes Canada's commitment to helping foster economic growth  and opportunity in Northern Ontario. We are particularly pleased that  Canada is recognizing the multi-generational  mineral development  potential contained within the Ring of Fire. Our government is working  hard with local indigenous communities to lay the groundwork necessary  to construct all season road access to local remote communities and the  mine site. Ontario looks  forward to continuing our dialogue with 
Canada as to how we can advance this project forward together for the  benefit of the local communities, Ontario and Canada as a whole."

- Michael Gravelle, Ontario's Minister of Northern Development and 
Mines.

                                                         
Quick facts
                                                                        
                                                                        
                                          
·         Budget 2018 provided an additional $511 million over five  years to the regional development agencies to support the national  Innovation and Skills Plan.
·         As part of this total, FedNor is being allocated $28 million  over five years. This is in addition to the $25 million over five years  it received in Budget 2017.
·         As part of its engagement activities to develop the PGSNO,  FedNor heard from approximately 1000 stakeholders from communities  across the region, including participants from government,  industry,  communities and First Nations, post-secondary institutions, innovation 
centres, and others.

 
Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic 
Development and Minister responsible for FedNor 
“ Today is about our governments commitment to growing the economy and  growing jobs. We put forward a prosperity growth strategy for Northern  Ontario. This is a comprehensive plan that will focus on investing in  innovation in communities and towns. It will build on other investments  we have made in NW Ontario, that Patty Hajdu and I have championed. For  example $83 million to upgrade our post secondary institutions in the  area of innovation, science, engineering as well as in communities say 
with the Mattawa First Nations with high speed internet  infrastructure.”
“ The health eco system is important and how can we can commercilize  the research is underway.  We have increased funding for FEDNOR by $53  million in the last two budgets. We met with over 1000 stakeholders to  see what the challenges are and where the opportunities lie.”
 
Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister  of Employment, Workforce Development 
and Labour 
“ Manitouwadge a small community andmay need help with a regional focus  on development say in forestry innovation and can they take advantage  of that. It may be supporting small businesses with innovative ways to  supply products or services eg in Greenstone a print shop opened  and 
helps  people there access services like passport photos. How do we  support smaller business say with sustainable farming all the way to  larger industry solutions.”
 



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