Ontario Premier Announces International Missions
Trips to U.S. and Asia Will Expand Trade and Investment Opportunities
Queens Park - Premier Kathleen Wynne will travel to Colorado, California and China this fall to promote Ontario’s attractiveness as a trading partner and as a centre for investment. Premier Wynne made the announcement today during a speech to government and business leaders at the Toronto Global Forum Pan American Edition.
The Premier’s first stop will be in Colorado Springs on October 30 and 31 for the first-ever Summit of North American Governors and Premiers. Joined by counterparts from across Canada, the summit will be a chance for Premier Wynne to build political relationships and advance economic development and trade with the U.S. and Mexico two of Ontario’s most important export markets. “Ontario’s trade and investment relationships with the U.S. and Asia are critical to the success of our economy. With this trip to the United States and business mission to China and Hong Kong, our government is working to solidify Ontario’s position as the North American leader in attracting foreign capital investment and creating new opportunities for Ontario businesses to export their products and services," said Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
Following the summit, the Premier will visit Los Angeles and San Francisco from November 1 to 4. While in San Francisco, she will promote Ontario’s strengths as a partner in information and communications technology. During her visit to L.A., Premier Wynne will explore opportunities for collaboration in the creative industries.
On November 4, the Premier will travel to China on a trade mission, where she will be joined by several Ontario business delegations. From November 5 to 14, Premier Wynne will travel to Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, highlighting Ontario’s expertise in the science, clean technology, construction, engineering and agriculture sectors, as well as promoting partnership opportunities in health care and education. This mission will build on the success of Premier Wynne’s first mission to China in the fall of 2014 that saw Ontario secure 11 investment projects valued at $966 million.
Showcasing Ontario’s strengths in priority international markets is part of the government’s four-part economic plan for Ontario. The plan includes building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
• The U.S. and China are Ontario’s two largest trading partners.
• Hong Kong is home to Canada’s largest expatriate community.
• The Ontario delegation to China will include Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, and representatives from the Ministry of Research and Innovation.
• Nanjing is the capital city of Ontario’s sister province, Jiangsu. During Premier Wynne’s visit, she will take part in celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Ontario-Jiangsu Friendship Accord.
• The fall 2015 trip to the United States and trade mission to China builds on the recent announcements that the Premier will increase opportunities for Ontario businesses abroad by leading trade missions to India and Israel in the spring of 2016.