Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

July 30, 2015 14:00 ET

Harper Government Promotes Business Development and Growth in North Vancouver

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 30, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $420,000 in funding for the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) to establish an economic development program.

With this funding, provided through the Western Diversification Program, the Chamber will undertake a three-year program that will help North Vancouver businesses leverage opportunities that exist in North Vancouver. The program will be governed by an industry-led stakeholder group in a planned and integrated framework.

Through this process, the program will provide a variety of business services to support existing businesses and attract new enterprises, including connecting business to local supply chains; working with stakeholders to reduce barriers to business; providing information on growth and start-up opportunities; creating skills development and training programs; promoting trade and investment; and, engaging the community to support economic expansion.

Quick Facts

  • The North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is a local member-based organization comprised of businesses, professionals, residents and other community groups working together to promote the economic and social health of the North Shore.

Quotes

"Our Government recognizes that small businesses are the main driver of Canada's economic growth, and this project will help local businesses to grow and develop. By promoting our region's potential, the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is helping to boost the local economy and create a prosperous future for North Vancouver, for British Columbia, and for Canada."

- Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver

"This funding will support the establishment of a unique economic partnership in North Vancouver providing better integrated planning and innovative programs to help our many small and medium businesses prosper and to ensure our community benefits from the enormous opportunities in this strategically important region."

- Louise Ranger, CEO North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

Additional Links

- Trade and Investment Opportunities in Western Canada

- North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

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Contact Information

  • Ben Stanford
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-3395
    ben.stanford@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Louise Ranger
    Chief Executive Officer, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
    604-987-4488
    louise@nvchamber.ca

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