Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

April 14, 2014 17:00 ET

Harper Government Support Helps Bring International Business and Trade Opportunities to Victoria's Doorstep

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $898,000 to support the Greater Victoria Development Agency (GVDA), through the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (GVCC), in their efforts to bring international business and trade opportunities to Victoria.

These funds will be used to prepare greater Victoria small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of international business opportunities, and showcase the area's unique strengths by: evaluating regional potential and matching that with international business opportunities; creating mentorship opportunities between current exporters and SMEs with strong export potential; creating marketing materials; and undertaking trade missions.

The project will be carried out by the GVDA, the region's economic development office, and will involve a number of stakeholders and project partners working together to strengthen the local economy.

Quick Facts

  • The project will use a collaborative model involving industry, academia, and economic development partners.

  • This investment will allow 45 SMEs to pursue trade and investment opportunities.

  • The GVDA board has representatives from six private-sector companies, and 12 different stakeholder organizations. It was created in 2007 by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce to deliver region-wide economic development services in the capital region.

Quotes

"Greater Victoria has a dynamic technology and manufacturing sector. This investment will bring more of the world's business to Victoria, and with it, jobs and economic benefits."

- The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"This support from Western Economic Diversification Canada represents the most significant project ever undertaken by the Greater Victoria Development Agency. This funding will enable our region to thrive through a fundamental economic transformation into a regional economy that creates more jobs that support families, young people, and overall sustainability of one of Canada's most high-potential metropolitan regions."

- Michael Weston, Chair, Greater Victoria Development Agency

Additional Links

- Western Economic Diversification: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/

- Greater Victoria Development Agency: http://www.gvda.ca/

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of State
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Dallas Gislason
    Economic Development Officer, Greater
    Victoria Development Agency
    Victoria, BC
    250-812-0510
    dgislason@gvda.ca

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