HUNTSVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 22, 2013) - The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for FedNor, was in Huntsville today to meet with local stakeholders and to highlight the benefits of Economic Action Plan 2013 for Northern Ontario.
During his address at the Accelerate Muskoka Innovation Summit, Minister Clement discussed new measures introduced by the Harper Government that will create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.
"While Canada has the best job creation record among all G-7 countries with more than 950,000 net new jobs since July 2009, we recognize that the global economy continues to be challenging," said Minister Clement. "That is why Economic Action Plan 2013 remains focused on the number one priority of Canadians, the economy, with a forward-looking plan to help create jobs and grow the economy in Northern Ontario and all of Canada."
Minister Clement outlined some of the key measures introduced in Economic Action Plan 2013 to strengthen Canada's economy, including:
- Increasing skills and training support, including the new $15,000 Canada Job Grant, to help more Canadians find high-quality, well-paying jobs;
- Helping manufacturers and businesses succeed in the global economy by enhancing the conditions for growth and innovation, and extending 'hiring credit' for small businesses who create jobs;
- Introducing a new Building Canada Plan that will lead to better roads, bridges and public transit in cities and communities across Canada;
- Investing in world-class research and innovation to help ensure new ideas are developed and transferred from laboratories into the marketplace; and
- Funding for the forestry sector - $92 million over two years starting in 2014-15 - in support of its transformation to higher-value activities and its expansion into new export markets.
In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Harper Government also committed $4.4 million over three years to the Ring of Fire capacity-building initiative, through FedNor.
"This initiative will provide targeted support for activities such as business skills development, strategic business planning and Aboriginal youth engagement to ensure First Nations benefit fully from resource development opportunities," said Minister Clement. "Our Government's comprehensive Responsible Resource Development plan will create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity while strengthening protection of the environment for future generations of Canadians."