Monthly Archives: December 2013

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Canada has one of the most successful and prosperous economies in the world today. That success is a product of many distinct Canadian advantages, including longstanding openness to international trade and investment. Participation in global commerce has helped Canadians build a strong, stable economy that boasts thousands of leading-edge companies, a highly skilled and educated workforce, world-class financial infrastructure and top-quality research and development facilities. Canada is an ambitious and dynamic player with a strong track record of success in global commerce.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) delivers Canada’s foreign policy objectives and works to expand the participation of Canadian business in world markets. The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of DFAIT helps Canadians in the international marketplace, while promoting Canada as a dynamic place in which to do business and a competitive location and partner for investment and innovation. Supporting Canada’s clean technology industry globally is an important priority of the Trade Commissioner Service.

McGuinty Government On Track To Turn Cleantech Into Jobs of the Future

A new report says Ontario’s clean technology companies are doing a good job turning ideas into new green jobs – and that the keys to global success are within reach.

The 2009 OCETA SDTC Cleantech Growth & Go-to-Market Report, outlines specific ways that government can do more to help these companies take the next step in attracting more global customers and investment, such as:

Increasing domestic demand for clean technology by acting as an early adopter
Setting aggressive environmental and sustainability targets
Developing a clean technology procurement strategy
Establishing commercialization benchmarks and adopting consistent, global best practices across the province.
The report analyzes the size and structure of 110 Ontario-based clean technology companies. It credits the province’s $3-billion Innovation Agenda for providing many of these companies with early stage R&D support, and its proponents say the proposed Green Energy Act will position cleantech as a driver of Ontario’s future social and economic prosperity.