Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

May 30, 2005 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Welcomes the Establishment in Montreal of the International Design Alliance Headquarters with a $900,000 Contribution

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 30, 2005) -

Support for the international reach of Greater Montreal

On behalf of the Honourable Jacques Saada, Minister of Canada Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, today announced that Canada Economic Development has awarded a non-repayable contribution of $900,000 for the establishment of the International Design Alliance (IDA) secretariat in Montreal.

A joint initiative of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), two of the leading international organizations in the fields of industrial and graphic design, the IDA will officially inaugurate its new headquarters today in the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec business complex, right in the heart of Montreal's international district.

The organization's yearly operating budget, together with the presence of international delegates in Montreal to attend meetings, are expected to generate considerable economic spinoffs and result in the creation of some 10 jobs in the city over the next three years.

"Our Government's support of the IDA stems from our commitment to promote Montreal's reach and profile on the international stage. That Montreal has been selected as the home for the IDA's permanent secretariat shows the extent to which our city enjoys an enviable international reputation. It also sends a clear message that Montreal is a world hub for the design industry," stated Minister Saada.

"Emphasizing design as a source of innovation and a factor of competitiveness, and thus a lever of economic growth, is becoming increasingly important for our local entrepreneurs. It is also an excellent way for businesses to improve their productivity. Innovation, productivity, economic diversification and the competitiveness of enterprises are indeed issues of key importance to the Government of Canada," commented Mr. Scarpaleggia.

Canada Economic Development's mandate is to promote the economic development of the regions of Quebec. Primarily through financial assistance programs, the Agency elicits and supports the implementation of economic development projects. The two priorities the Agency has set itself are to foster innovation and the knowledge economy in each region of Quebec, and to help communities that are having difficulty adjusting to the new economy. In this way, the Agency contributes to the attainment of the Government of Canada's objective of building the 21st Century economy.

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Contact Information

  • Canada Economic Development
    Nathalie Jutras
    (514) 283-2800
    Canada Economic Development
    Office of the Honourable Jacques Saada
    Daniel Dezainde, Press Secretary
    (514) 496-1282