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30 Year Partnership Between Ontario and Jiangsu Remains Strong

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30 Year Partnership Between Ontario and Jiangsu Remains Strong

Ontario Celebrating Signing of Friendship Accord

Ontario is continuing to strengthen the 30-year trade relationship with Jiangsu, Ontario's sister province in China.

As part of the 2015 Agri-Food Trade Mission to China, Ministers Michael Chan and Jeff Leal met with Jiangsu Party Secretary Luo Zhijun and Jiangsu Governor Li Xueyong to discuss the successful Ontario-Jiangsu Friendship Accord, signed 30 years ago.

The agreement established the Ontario-Jiangsu Business Council to identify key sectors for increased trade and investment in areas such as agri-food, clean technology, education, environment, and research and innovation.

Strengthening trade partnerships that attract new investments and helping the province's businesses complete globally is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • The provinces of Ontario and Jiangsu were “twinned” in 1985 when the Ontario-Jiangsu Friendship Accord was signed.
  • Since 1985 several Ontario cities have twinned with Jiangsu cities including: Scarborough and Wuxi in 1996, London and Nanjing in 1997, and Barrie and Taizhou in 2006.
  • Jiangsu is one of China’s leading economic performers consistently ranking among the top Chinese provinces in terms of per capital annual GDP growth of 8.7%.

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Michael Chan

“Ontario has built a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with Jiangsu province over the past 30 years. Thanks to this effective partnership the people of Jiangsu and Ontario now enjoy a better quality of life.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

Jeff Leal

“We are fortunate to have a successful relationship with our important partners in Jiangsu. Our provinces are stronger thanks to the important trade connections that have been developed over the past three decades. We have much to offer each other and much to gain through our continued partnership.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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