May 29, 2008

Canada's Major Economic Regional Leaders Meet to Discuss the Country's Economic Well-being
Halifax among nine Canadian cities to address labour shortages, industry development and global positioning at C-9

(HALIFAX) – The leaders of Canada’s nine largest economic regions are meeting in Quebec City on May 29-30, 2008, for the second annual C-9 meeting to identify common issues and opportunities to improve the economic well-being for Canada.

In light of global competitiveness, the nine largest economic regions (cities) will meet to discuss how to improve the well-being of Canada through collaborative efforts of the economic development agencies representing the country’s strongest assets. These economic regions represent approximately 16.7 million people or 50 per cent of the country’s population and are represented by the following economic development organizations: Greater Halifax Partnership; Vancouver Economic Development Commission; Calgary Economic Development; Edmonton Economic Development Corporation; Destination Winnipeg; Toronto Economic Development, Culture & Tourism; Ottawa Centre for Research & Innovation; Montreal International; Pole Quebec.

At their inaugural meeting in Calgary in May 2007, these agencies unanimously agreed that a collaborative, national approach is required to address issues such as growth and development of leading industries; labour force opportunities and challenges such as immigration, changing demographics, and under-employment; and positioning Canada’s major economic regions in the global marketplace.

“Increasingly, business needs to think globally and government must implement policies locally to compete in today’s economy,“ said Stephen Dempsey, President and CEO, Greater Halifax Partnership “ Economic regions (cities) are going to be increasingly critical to the success of nations from an economic perspective.”

Municipal economic development organizations, as a result of their close association with the private sector and all levels of government, are ideally situated to assist in implementing industry development initiatives.  Economic development organizations, in delivering on-the-ground economic services, are strategically positioned to assist with the interface between industry and implementation of government policy.

“Economic regions need to better understand the collective issues and opportunities, and the federal government needs to be engaged and more actively involved in this effort from a policy and financial perspective,” said Mario Lefebvre, author of Canada’s Hub Cities: A Driving Force of the National Economy.  “It is anticipated that all levels of government and stakeholders need to provide additional and sustained financial resources and tools to implement a national policy supporting the development and ongoing health of our leading industry sectors,” added Lefebvre who will present to the C-9 leaders at the meeting.


The Greater Halifax Partnership leads economic growth for Greater Halifax. Our focus is our businesses, our people, our community. The Partnership brings together all three levels of government, more than 150 private sector investors and many different community groups to drive the economic growth of our region.  The Partnership works to keep and develop business, attract new investment  and strengthen our community to create economic growth and prosperity for Greater Halifax.  For more information on the Greater Halifax Partnership, visit: www.greaterhalifax.com

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