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$32.4 million investment in Brampton public transit infrastructure

Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Brampton

29 new projects across Ontario to benefit from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

Brampton, Ontario, February 10, 2017

The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments to create jobs and grow the middle class, while building a foundation for a strong, sustainable economic future. Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient and affordable transit services that help Canadians to safely get to and from work, school and other activities on time.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation and her Worship Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton, announced six newly approved projects that will benefit Brampton under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—just over $32.4 million.

The list of projects includes significant investments across the City of Brampton. For example, a project to extend the Züm Bovaird transit service along Airport Road will improve mobility, security and reliability on this important transit corridor. Also, a project to expand the Sandalwood Transit Facility will help support the forecasted growth of transit fleet services and improve service reliability. Other projects include the acquisition of 20 replacement buses and three new articulated buses, and the expansion of the automated vehicle monitoring system to most of Brampton’s transit fleet. In addition, the expansion and replacement of transit shelters will improve accessibility and safety for transit users.

In addition to these projects, Minister Bains and Minister Del Duca also announced that 23 public transit projects will benefit 12 other communities across Ontario.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

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“The Government of Canada is working closely with the Government of Ontario and municipalities to invest in important transit initiatives that will strengthen communities across Ontario by growing the middle-class, fostering long-term prosperity and getting Canadians to their daily activities on time and home at the end of the day. The six projects announced today will ensure that Brampton has affordable and efficient public transit infrastructure that meets the needs of Canadians now and for generations to come.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“I’m pleased that the federal government will help Ontario and Brampton with our transit needs. This investment will improve transit in and around Brampton and will benefit the entire community. Ontario is committed to providing accessible, modern transit infrastructure that will manage congestion, reduce commute times, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Ontarians.”
– The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation

“Public transit is essential for those who work, study, and play in Brampton, as evidenced by our increasing ridership numbers. We are grateful to the Federal and Provincial governments for their investments into expanding Brampton Transit’s services, fleet and infrastructure. This announcement comes at a critical time as Brampton sharpens its focus on urban intensification, attracting industries, a university and preparing for increased jobs and commercial expansion.”
– Her Worship Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton

Quick Facts


Minister Navdeep Bains announces just over $32.4 million in funding for six newly approved projects that will benefit Brampton under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

Quick Facts

  • This funding is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s historic plan to support public infrastructure across the country.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $3.7 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program. This funding supports municipal transit systems.
  • The Government of Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

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Magellan Aerospace to maintain engines for Canada’s CF-18 Hornets in Mississauga

Maintaining Royal Canadian Air Force Aircraft Engines

February 3, 2017 — Gatineau, Quebec — Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the military with the equipment they need to fulfill their important role.

Following an open and transparent competition, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today announced the awarding of a contract of $45 million to StandardAero, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the maintenance of T56 engines for Canada’s CP-140 Auroras and CC-130H Hercules aircraft, and a second contract of $45 million to Magellan Aerospace Corporation, of Mississauga, Ontario, for the maintenance of F404 engines for Canada’s CF-18 Hornets.

The government recently announced the way forward in replacing its fleet of CF-18 fighter jets as well as its fixed‑wing search and rescue aircraft. While work continues on securing these replacements, these investments will maintain existing aircraft.

These maintenance contracts are for an initial period of four years and three months. Services will include repair and overhaul of the aircraft engines, the management, coordination and integration of materials and information, as well as engineering work and the management of technical publications.

While these flexible, performance-based contracts have a preliminary value of $45 million, they have been designed to meet the varying needs of the Canadian Armed Forces by allowing for the total contract value to be adjusted each year based on past year expenditures, as well as anticipatory expenditures for the upcoming year.

Following the initial contract period, the companies have the potential to have their contracts extended until the fleets are retired.

These contracts are among the first that reflect a more flexible, cost-effective approach to equipment maintenance and support. Under a recently-established Sustainment Initiative, the government is ensuring that support contracts and programs are flexible enough to respond to changing operational needs, while at the same time delivering best value for money. Improving the cost-effectiveness of equipment support contracts was a principal theme of a recent Auditor General of Canada report tabled last November.

Under Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, both companies are required to invest in the Canadian economy equal to the value of their respective contracts. These investments will include a high level of work performed directly in Canada on the engines and other research and development initiatives. This is expected to create and maintain high-value jobs and economic growth in Canada.

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These contracts will not only help maintain the Royal Canadian Air Force’s current fleet of aircraft, but will also help grow Canada’s innovative and strong aerospace sector, while providing well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The Honourable Judy M. Foote
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to ensure that the Royal Canadian Air Force is ready to support the many operations and exercises that contribute to the safety and security of Canadians. These contracts help guarantee our CF-18 fighter jets and fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft can be kept in service while replacement fleets are being provided. They also take care of the maintenance of our long-range patrol aircraft. The contracts are structured to be flexible, performance-based and beneficial to Canada’s economy. They will help the Royal Canadian Air Force meet its operational requirements and address recommendations made by the Auditor General of Canada last fall.

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajja
Minister of National Defence

Through the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, Canada gets the economic benefits of investment from winning bidders on defence contracts. By ensuring that these companies put an amount equal of the contract values back into Canada, we are helping to create high-value jobs and giving Canadian aerospace companies great opportunities to grow.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • The Royal Canadian Air Force employs various aircraft fleets to meet its operational requirements. These aircraft require service on a regular basis, as well as periodic repair and overhaul work.
  • The CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft was acquired in the early 1980s, primarily for maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare, and its long endurance has made the aircraft ideal for an evolving variety of missions, from command and control, to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, including surveillance of the Canadian Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans for strike coordination, and search and rescue missions. It also provides vital support to other government agencies in combating illegal immigration, fishing, polluting or drug trafficking, as well as assisting with disaster relief.
  • The CC-130H Hercules were purchased in 1996 and are four-engine fixed-wing turboprop aircraft that can carry up to 78 combat troops. Canada’s Hercules aircraft are used for a wide range of missions, including troop transport, tactical “cargo” airlift search and rescue, and aircrew training. A small number of Canada’s Hercules aircraft are also used for air-to-air refueling.
  • Purchased in the 1980s, the CF-18 Hornet fleet is the Royal Canadian Air Force’s frontline multi-role fighter. The CF-18 is used for air defence, air superiority, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration, and aerospace testing and evaluation. Ongoing modernization and upgrade programs are ensuring that the Canadian Armed Forces has an interoperable fighter fleet to deliver its missions.

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Attracting global investment to Toronto Region and Mississauga

Governments contribute $19.5 million to attract global investments to Toronto Region

February 3, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and several municipal governments announced today that they will be providing $19.5 million in funding to create a new agency that aims to increase global investments in the Toronto Region. Up to 500 well-paying, middle-class jobs are expected to be created by December 2018 as a result of these contributions.

The Government of Ontario will invest up to $7.5 million; the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, will contribute $6 million from its Investing in Regional Diversification initiative; and the remaining $6 million will be provided by the cities of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, as well as the regional municipalities of Halton, York and Durham.

This investment will establish Toronto Global, an investment-attraction agency representing the entire Toronto Region. The agency will enable the region to remain competitive with other global cities. Toronto Global will promote the region to international investors, leveraging the unique attributes and skilled workforce of the different municipalities in the Toronto Region to attract global investments that drive innovation. This investment will help the Toronto Region continue to be a leader in developing the workforce and economy of the future.

The initiative was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario; the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth; John Tory, Mayor of Toronto; and Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga.

The funding will allow new investment-attraction professionals responsible for marketing, outreach, business intelligence, research and investment to identify potential investors. These professionals will provide customized service to global companies interested in making Canada their investment destination of choice.

This initiative is part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda, a plan to drive economic growth that leads to better skills, jobs and opportunities for all Canadians. It also aligns with a five-year, $218-million federal commitment to increase global investment as part of the Invest in Canada hub, a national investment-attraction agency.

This initiative also builds on the mission of the Government of Ontario’s new Ontario Investment Office, a one-window concierge service to attract new investment to the province. The Ontario Investment Office will work with Toronto Global to coordinate local and international resources in order to grow an effective and efficient economic development organization.

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“Now is the time for Canada to sharpen its competitive edge by creating global partnerships. Our government is prepared to do its share to encourage international companies to invest in Canada. These investments drive innovation and create more jobs, better opportunities and greater prosperity for the middle class. A new investment hub for the Toronto Region will allow a dedicated sales force to invite more global companies to expand into Canada.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“It is imperative for all levels of government to work together to make sure Ontario can compete in a tough global economy. I am excited about what our new Ontario Investment Office and Toronto Global will be able to achieve by working together, alongside municipal and federal partners. Our province has a great story to tell, and this is a terrific initiative to help showcase the incredible investing opportunities this world-class city has to offer to the global investment community.”
– The Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth

“The Toronto Region is emerging as a global centre for investment, talent and innovation. Through the leadership and vision of Toronto Global we will send a clear signal to the world: the Toronto Region is open for business. With all three levels of government working together to drive investment and interest in our city and our region, we will open up new opportunities for our residents and our industries.”
– John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

“Toronto Global will help municipalities press ahead with international business attraction and investment efforts. I am confident that with active and leading participation from local governments in Toronto Global, municipalities will generate new investment opportunities that will strengthen local economies.”
– Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

Quick Facts

  • The Toronto Region is the economic engine of Canada. It generates 20 per cent of the country’s GDP and is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s business headquarters.
  • Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America. It is home to North America’s second-largest financial centre, second-largest food and beverage sector, and third-largest technology cluster.
  • Two existing organizations (Invest Toronto and the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) have been merged to create Toronto Global.
  • One in eight jobs in Canada is linked to global investment.
  • Global companies employed two million Canadians in 2013, accounting for 12 per cent of all Canadian jobs and 30 per cent of all manufacturing jobs.

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Promoting innovation in Canada’s automotive sector

Minister Bains promotes innovation in Canada’s automotive sector

Minister Bains meets with key automotive leaders at 2017 North American International Auto Show

January 12, 2017 – Detroit, Michigan – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canada’s automotive sector has a skilled workforce as well as strengths in advanced technology that position it to design, develop and produce the cars of the future. In the process, the sector is securing and creating well-paying jobs for the middle class—and for those working hard to join it.

The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation—one that drives economic growth and leads to better skills, jobs and opportunities for all Canadians. Key programs that support research and development activities in the sector include the Automotive Innovation Fund and the Automotive Supplier Innovation Program.

This was the message from the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, during his trip to Detroit, Michigan, for the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the continent’s largest automotive trade show. Minister Bains attended the event to highlight Canada as a world-leading destination for automotive investment and a strategic player in global supply chains.

Over the course of his visit, Minister Bains and the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth, participated in meetings with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CanadaFord CanadaGeneral Motors CanadaHonda Canada and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. They also met with Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, to discuss future auto sector partnership opportunities.

He participated in productive discussions with key leaders at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, an industry-led group that addresses competitiveness issues facing the sector.

And he toured AutoMobili-D, an exposition at the NAIAS dedicated to the rapidly evolving merger between mobile technology and cars. The Canadian companies that exhibited at AutoMobili-D demonstrated their strengths in information technology, sensors, network security, lightweight materials and alternative powertrains. Taken together, these enabling technologies are driving the development of the cars of the future.

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“I am proud to see Canadian companies showcasing to the world their leadership in the development of advanced technologies that are shaping the future of the auto industry. Canada’s strengths in automotive innovation will enable Canadians working in the sector to develop the skills they need for the good-quality jobs of today and tomorrow. Canada is uniquely well-positioned to lead on the design, development and production of the cars of the future.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • Canada’s automotive industry is a key driver of the economy, representing 10 percent of manufacturing GDP and 13 percent of total merchandise exports.
  • The sector employs 125,000 Canadians directly and another 398,700 indirectly.
  • Canada produces about 14 percent of all vehicles assembled in North America. A vehicle rolls off a Canadian assembly line roughly every 14 seconds.
  • Canada is home to more than 670 suppliers of traditional automotive components and hundreds more suppliers from other industries, such as information and communications technologies.
  • The Automotive Innovation Fundsupports strategic and innovative investments by Canada’s automakers as they build their research and development capacity and increase their ability to compete internationally.
  • The Automotive Supplier Innovation Programsupport research and development activities by the small and medium-sized companies that produce new components, parts and production systems for Canada’s automotive supply base. The program provides firms with new opportunities to participate in global supply chains.

Follow Minister Bains on Twitter: @NavdeepSBains

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Caption: Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Hon. Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth, admire a Dodge Challenger, manufactured in Brampton, at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI.

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Minister Bains promotes Canadian companies at the Consumer Electronics Show

Minister Bains concludes successful trip to Consumer Electronics Show

Promotes Canadian talent and innovation to international companies

January 9, 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canada is a leading innovation nation that embraces innovative people, technologies and companies, and it offers a welcoming investment environment.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week to deliver this message to global companies, celebrate Canadian companies leading the way in next-generation technologies and showcase Canadian talent on the world stage.

Minister Bains took part in an announcement with Canada’s Felix & Paul Studios. The Montréal-based technology company announced a new creative and technical partnership with Samsung and showcased its new virtual reality content featuring “O” by Cirque du Soleil.

The Minister also participated in a panel discussion titled “Cities of the Future,” during which he highlighted Canada’s experiences with and progress toward adopting smart city technologies. Smart cities are urban areas that use information and communications technologies to manage their infrastructure and improve residents’ lives.

Minister Bains met with a number of Canadians attending CES, including:

  • John Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Waterloo, Ontario’s BlackBerry Ltd. Minister Bains heard about the early research results from BlackBerry’s QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre and discussed Canadian innovation, technology development, talent attraction and access to global markets.
  • Representatives from Montréal based start-up Mighty Cast, winner of the 2016 CES Innovation Award for the Nex band, a wristband designed to control a variety of electronic applications. Minister Bains learned about the award-winning product and highlighted the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions’ (CED) support of the Nex band. CED is providing $200,000 to Mighty Cast to help it implement the Nex band’s marketing strategy for commercialization and export.
  • Representatives from Mississauga, Ontario’s Paradigm Electronics Inc., a company that specializes in professional grade, high-quality audio and home theatre loudspeaker systems. They discussed the company’s recently released flagship Prestige series and Persona series.
  • Larry Goren, Chief Executive Officer of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Komodo Technologies. Mr. Goren presented the company’s compression sleeves that allow for activity tracking and heart monitoring.
  • Representatives from Ottawa’s You.i TV, a company that develops software for cross-platform content creators. You.i TV is a past recipient of government funding through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.
  • Representatives from Toronto’s Interaxon, the creator of Muse, a brain-sensing headband that takes the guesswork out of meditation with real-time feedback.

Minister Bains met with Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, who is the special envoy for StartupDelta2020, his country’s initiative to promote start-up companies.

The Minister also met with Brian Chong, Wistron‘s Chief of New Technology Development, to discuss Canadian innovation and investment in Canada’s technology sector. Wistron supplies information and communication technology products and services to leading companies worldwide.

Finally, the Minister met with executives from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and watched a demonstration of its virtual reality technology, which is being used during professional basketball games to bring home viewers closer to the action. The NBA is working with three Canadian companies—You.i TV, Evertz and Mobovivo—to improve content delivery and make content more accessible to a new generation of fans.

Throughout his meetings, Minister Bains promoted Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, which will make it easier for Canadian companies to recruit highly qualified people with in-demand skills and international experience.

The Government of Canada is encouraging global companies to invest in Canada. These investments will drive innovation, create more jobs, and lead to greater prosperity for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

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“My visit to CES made it clear to me that Canada, with less than half a percent of the world’s population, is achieving great things in information and communications technologies. I am proud of the industry-leading technologies our Canadian firms demonstrated to the world. I want innovation to be part of our Canadian identity and Canada to be known around the world as an innovative, competitive global leader.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing $218 million over the next five years to increase global investment.
  • Canada’s Global Skills Strategy will make it easier and faster to bring people with in-demand talent and international experience to Canada.
  • CES is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. In 2016, representatives from 158 countries travelled to CES.
  • Canada ranked third overall in the number of attendees from non-U.S. markets at CES 2016 with 3,705 attendees.
  • Close to 80 Canadian firms took part in CES this year.

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Caption: Minister Bains meets with Mississauga’s Paradigm Electronics to learn more about their products at CES 2017.

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