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Wynne Embarks On First California Mission

Mission to Build Opportunities in ICT, Cleantech and the Film Industry

Queens Park - Premier Kathleen Wynne will begin her first mission to California on Sunday to strengthen ties between the two regions by expanding existing relationships, building new partnerships and furthering new business opportunities.

In San Francisco, the Premier will meet with leaders from the information and communications technology (ICT) field — including entrepreneurs, innovators and venture capitalists — to promote Ontario as one of the best places in the world to do business. Ontario is an ideal destination to invest — it is renowned for its highly skilled workforce, culture of innovation, proximity to key markets, competitive business costs and high quality of life.

In Los Angeles, the Premier will meet with representatives from the film industry to talk about Ontario’s extensive experience in film and television production, high-quality infrastructure and a supportive business environment, including tax credits. Ontario is the number one film and television production centre in Canada, and the third-largest in North America, behind California and New York.

The mission to California will also provide opportunities to strengthen political ties. Premier Wynne will meet with key political leaders to discuss shared priorities and move forward on important issues, such as climate change.

Attracting new investments and helping the province’s businesses compete globally is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

“Ontario and California have a lot in common — we are both North American hubs for technology and film production, and leaders in the fight against climate change. This mission is an opportunity for me to promote Ontario’s leadership in these areas and open up new doors for future partnerships and investments," Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.

• Ontario ranks sixth in North America in ICT by number of employees, and second after California in number of establishments, making it the ideal place for future ICT investments or expansions of existing companies.

• In 2014, provincially supported film and television productions contributed almost $1.3 billion to Ontario’s economy — surpassing the $1 billion mark for a fourth year in a row and representing a 93 per cent increase over 2008 levels.

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