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MAJOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURERS IN ONTARIO Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Dec 09, 2013 at 12:12 PM

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA PROVIDES MAJOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURERS IN ONTARIO

Ontario's manufacturers will soon benefit from Government of Canada support aimed at increasing competitiveness, investing in innovation and boosting productivity thanks to the new Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) in Ontario. Manufacturers in Ontario will now be able to apply for federal funding which will encourage the development of transformative products and technologies.

On December 9, 2013, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), officially launched the new Fund in London, Ontario.

Ontario is home to skilled workers, world-leading companies and innovative manufacturers. Despite challenges, the manufacturing sector's contribution to the economy continues to be a key driver of economic prosperity, despite challenges associated with intensifying competitive pressures.

"Through the Advanced Manufacturing Fund, our Government is looking ahead to the new and innovative products or production methods that will push Ontario to the forefront of high-tech manufacturing," said Minister Goodyear. "With this investment, we are helping manufacturers in the province to build momentum and push to be more competitive on the global stage."

AMF is one of the integral ways our Government will help our workers, businesses and other organizations here in Ontario as they strive to grow and prosper. By investing in innovative and productive manufacturing companies, we are helping them to achieve and maintain global leadership, while providing good quality jobs in Ontario now and for the future.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $200 million over five years for the Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario, to be delivered province-wide by FedDev Ontario.

The Fund will promote continued growth of Ontario’s advanced manufacturing sector by supporting large-scale, transformative manufacturing activities.

  • It will increase productivity.
  • It will lead to greater economic output.
  • It will create cutting-edge companies, driven by innovation.
  • It will establish clusters or supply chains.
  • It will foster collaboration between the private sector, research institutions and post-secondary institutions.

Advanced manufacturing includes the development and/or adoption of cutting-edge technologies that demonstrate a commitment to product, process, and technological innovation.

The contributions provided will normally be between $10 million and $20 million per project for up to one-half (50 percent) of total eligible project costs. Projects seeking less than $10 million or more than $20 million may be considered. Applicants must provide evidence of industry support (non-government sources) for at least 50 percent of the remaining project costs and clearly demonstrate how their project responds to innovation, market relevance and spillover economic benefits.

For detailed guidelines and information on how to apply, please refer to the backgrounder or visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth.

In Budget 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the renewal of FedDev Ontario.

Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $920 million over five years for the Agency, starting on April 1, 2014.

To learn more, please visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.

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Government of Canada Taking Action on Patient Safety Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Dec 06, 2013 at 03:21 PM

On December 6, 2013, the Government of Canada introduced the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law) to help better identify potentially dangerous drugs and ensure the quick recall of unsafe drugs.

The new legislation will update the law that apply to drugs and medical devices to increase patient safety in key areas of concern and will enable the Government to:

  • Require strong surveillance, including mandatory adverse drug reaction reporting by healthcare institutions;
  • Recall unsafe products;
  • Impose tough new penalties for unsafe products, including jail time and new fines of up to $5 million per day instead of the current $5,000;
  • Provide the courts with discretion to impose even stronger fines if violations were caused intentionally;
  • Compel drug companies to revise labels to clearly reflect health risk information, including potential updates for health warnings for children; and
  • Compel drug companies to do further testing on a product, including when issues are identified with certain at-risk populations such as children.

The patient safety legislation builds on our existing efforts to ensure that drug labels and safety information are easier to read and understand.

The Act would apply to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, gene therapies and medical devices.

Families, patients, healthcare providers and industry were consulted in the development of the new patient safety legislation to ensure that it provides safety improvements in the areas of greatest concern.  At these consultations, there was a general agreement that we need a stronger safety regime for drugs and medical devices, including mandatory adverse reaction reporting, recalls, and increased fines and penalties that better reflect the serious nature of the offences.

Delivering on this latest key safety commitment will ensure that Canadian families have confidence in the medicine they and their children use.

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Government of Canada Launches New Initiatives for a Stronger Southern Ontario Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Dec 06, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Toronto, Ontario—The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today launched the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPIs), a new suite of initiatives designed to support and develop a stronger, more vibrant southern Ontario economy. The Minister made the announcement at the Innovation 2013 Conference presented by the Alliance for Commercialization of Canadian Technologies (ACCT), accompanied by Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre.

"Our Government is committed to securing long-term economic prosperity and to do so, we will continue to invest in projects and companies where the return on our investment will be of direct benefit to taxpayers and the country," said Minister Goodyear. "The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives mark the next phase of the FedDev Ontario's focus on growing innovative businesses, building strong communities and cultivating the most effective partnerships here in one of Canada's most important economic hubs."

These initiatives, created based on feedback from business leaders and stakeholders, build on FedDev Ontario's successes to-date and send a clear message about the benefits of investing in a strong and prosperous southern Ontario.

"Supporting the drivers of growth and job creation is a priority for our Government," said MP Adler. "That is why we continue to put forth world-class programs and initiatives aimed at giving Canadians the tools they need to prosper."

The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives are:

Each of these initiatives is uniquely designed to help retain, attract and grow businesses in southern Ontario to increase the region's global competitiveness. Over $530 million in funding is available under the SOPIs. See the backgrounders for more information.

"We are pleased to have Minister Goodyear speak at this year's conference," said Janet Scholz, President, ACCT Canada. "Our theme this year is 'the changing landscape of partnerships and commercialization,' and it is very clear that the work of FedDev Ontario - past and future - is in line with what we are trying to achieve for all of those in Canadian innovation."

"The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is Ontario's Business Advocate," said Allan O'Dette, President, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "Our work with FedDev Ontario has proven to be beneficial for businesses in Ontario, and we look forward to the next phase of programs and initiatives to support economic growth in Ontario."

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region's strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. In Budget 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the renewal of FedDev Ontario. Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $920 million over five years for the Agency, starting on April 1, 2014.

To learn more about the details of new programming, please visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca or call toll-free at 1-866-593-5505. Follow us on Twitter @FedDevOntario.

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Government of Canada takes action to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Dec 05, 2013 at 02:01 PM

OTTAWA, Ont. – December 4, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced today that the Government of Canada published an Emergency Order to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Species at Risk Act. The intention to go forward with an emergency order was announced on September 17, 2013. The Emergency Order will come into force on February 18, 2014.

“Our Government is committed to protecting and preserving our rich biodiversity,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Our goal with this Emergency Order is to achieve the best protection for the Sage-Grouse while minimizing impacts on landowners and agricultural producers.”

The Emergency Order addresses imminent threats to the survival and recovery of the Sage-Grouse by protecting important habitat for this species on provincial and federal crown lands in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Order will also introduce restrictions on activities on these lands that impact Sage-Grouse populations. The Order does not apply on private lands. The Order does not limit grazing on federal or provincial crown lands. The Order, along with important voluntary stewardship measures, is anticipated to help stabilize the Sage-Grouse population and begin its recovery.

The Greater Sage-Grouse, an endangered bird under the federal Species at Risk Act, is one of the many species that depends on the unique prairie ecosystem of southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan. In 2012, there were estimated to be between 93-138 adult birds in Canada.

The Government of Canada will continue to work cooperatively with provincial governments, industry, landowners and others to protect Greater Sage-Grouse habitat by implementing voluntary stewardship measures that complement the Emergency Order. Already, more than $1 million in funding over the next three years has been committed for projects to protect Sage-Grouse and other species at risk in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Additional funding will be available under the Habitat Stewardship Program to support landowners and other stakeholders in protecting Sage-Grouse.

An Emergency Order under Section 80 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) can be used when a species faces imminent threats to its survival, and current protection measures are deemed inadequate. This is the first time since the Act’s inception that this mechanism is being invoked.

For more information, please see the Questions and Answers on the Emergency Order and Order Summary that are available on the Species at Risk Public Registry.

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Tanker Safety Expert Panel Releases Recommendations Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Dec 04, 2013 at 04:32 PM

Today, Minister Raitt and Minister Oliver announced the release of “A Review of Canada’s Ship-source Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime—Setting the Course for the Future.”

The report is an important step in our Government’s commitment to develop a world-class tanker safety system in Canada.

  • Our Government is committed to protecting the safety of Canadians and the environment.
  • Our Government’s goal in creating this Panel was to review Canada's current tanker safety system and identify areas of improvement.
  • We welcome the Panel’s findings which will serve as an important part of achieving a world class tanker safety system.
  • This is part of our plan for responsible resource development, which also aims to increase jobs and growth for all Canadians.

Government Action

  • We will continue to take action to ensure Canada has the most stringent tanker safety regime in the world.
  • We've implemented new safety measures for pipelines and tankers, and tough new rules to punish polluters.

Last March, our Government announced important new measures. We:

  • Increased the number of inspections of all foreign tankers.
  • Increased funding for the National Aerial Surveillance Program to keep a watchful eye on tankers moving through Canadian waters.
  • Increased scientific research on non-conventional petroleum products.
  • Ensured that a system of aids to navigation comprised of buoys, lights and other devices to warn of obstructions and to mark the location of preferred shipping routes is installed and maintained.

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