Ontario supports southwest economic development
McGuinty Government Helps Communities Work Together to Attract Jobs
Communities across southwestern Ontario are working together to attract jobs and create new economic opportunities with support from the provincial government.
Industry, education and local governments from 15 county regions formed the Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA) in 2006 to develop a regional approach to issues such as investment marketing or infrastructure planning.
SWEA will use $300,000 in new provincial funding to support:
- The development of an operating plan
- Marketing and regional branding
- Research to help plan for the future.
Supporting economic development by forming key partnerships with the private sector is one of the government's five key economic priorities. The others are:
- Investing in education and skills training
- Keeping taxes competitive
- Investing in infrastructure and
- Developing a modern economy through innovation.
- The southwest region is bounded by the Great Lakes, the Greater Toronto Area to the east and the United States to the south.
- Some other regional alliances include the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Commission and the Halifax-Moncton Economic Partnership.
“The best way to get results is to bring together local communities, business and education to work with a laser-like focus on priority issues. It's part of our government's broad-based plan for a strong economy.”
“Our region has some major strengths - manufacturing, technology and our access to North American markets. Working with SWEA, we can make the most of these attributes to boost the regional economy.”
“The model we're adopting has been used successfully in other parts of Ontario and Canada to attract new investment and jobs. SWEA's members want to work together to bring the same benefits to the communities we serve in southwest Ontario.”