Archived — 2010–2011 Report on Plans and Priorities

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Minister's Message

The Honourable Tony ClementOur government is committed to positioning Canada to exit the current downturn quickly and emerge stronger and more competitive in the global economy. In doing so, Industry Canada and its Portfolio partners will continue to play their key roles in increasing the country's capacity to create jobs and economic growth — for next year and the next decade.

While the recession originated beyond our borders, it had real consequences for Canadians and Canadian business. And despite improving conditions, there is work to be done. In 2010, a major focus will be completing the stimulus measures of Canada's Economic Action Plan ( Introduced in Budget 2009, the Plan's full effect will be felt in 2010–11, and its measures will help solidify the recovery.

Over this period, Industry Canada and its Portfolio partners will work with industries and sectors hit hardest by the recession. Initiatives will include activities to boost community economic development and to extend broadband infrastructure to underserved or unserved areas across the country. To build on the momentum gained through our past investments in science and technology, significant effort will be directed to shaping the knowledge-based economy.

Industry Canada will also focus on supporting business and industry to capitalize on emerging opportunities at home and abroad. Getting our economic frameworks right, through forward-looking policies, is central to ensuring Canada's place in the global marketplace. We remain committed to two-way trade and investment, which raises our capacity to create jobs and economic growth and provides for sustainable prosperity.

In 2010–11, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario will continue to fulfill its mandate of partnering with local governments, businesses and community organizations to bolster Southern Ontario's economy to ensure it is stronger, more vibrant and more resilient in the years to come.

I will work with my colleagues, the private sector and other governments to advance the recovery and build the foundation for a strong, competitive economy.

It is my pleasure to present this year's Report on Plans and Priorities for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Tony Clement
Minister of Industry

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