Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

January 07, 2016 16:17 ET

Government of Canada Highlights Innovation as Key to Success for Strong Economic Development

Innovation and clean technologies in the spotlight

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 7, 2016) -

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Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, took advantage of his first official visit to Quebec to meet with numerous Quebec business leaders at the Centre d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal, located in the Quartier de l'innovation. Minister Bains was joined by Mr. Greg Fergus, his Parliamentary Secretary, and Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for the riding of Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Sœurs.

The focus of today's discussions was innovation and, in particular, the importance of clean technologies and information technologies in the digital economy.

Minister Bains met with business leaders from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal to talk about success factors in developing a culture of innovation in Canada. This was followed by a networking event during which ten Estrie, Mauricie and Gaspésie enterprises, among others, took part in discussions on the theme of innovation and clean technologies.

The Minister also underlined the Government of Canada's financial support to Société du Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal.

Quick facts

  • The rich and varied discussions showcased the creativity and innovative spirit of Quebec SMEs and served to highlight the main issues these businesses are facing, as well as the opportunities they see for growth going forward.

  • Société du Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal was granted $200,000 in non-repayable funding through Canada Economic Development's Quebec Economic Development Program to support the start-up of innovative businesses in Montréal.

  • The Société du Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal provides concrete support to numerous Montréal companies and helps generate significant positive economic benefits for the region.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian enterprises that are focused on innovation because their activities are a real driving force for the economy and a major asset for their own growth. By making strategic investments in key organizations which have the potential to build on competitive regional advantages, such as the Société du Quartier de l'innovation, we are encouraging entrepreneurship and strong economic development. "

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

"It is with great enthusiasm that I witness the vitality of organizations and businesses located in the heart of Montréal. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Quartier de l'Innovation for its forward-thinking project that will help foster the economic growth in the region. "

Marc Miller, Member of Parliament, Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs

Related links

For further information on the QEDP: http://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng/programs/qedp/index.html

Société du Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal Website: http://quartierinnovationmontreal.com/en/

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