Ontario Trade Delegation Departs for China
McGuinty Government Helping Ontario Companies Tap Into Global Market, Create Jobs
Premier Dalton McGuinty departed for China today, where he'll spend a week promoting Ontario companies and strengthening ties with the world's second-largest economy.
In his fourth trade mission to China, the Premier will lead delegates from 30 businesses and organizations as well as five universities. The mission will promote Ontario expertise in agri-food, clean water and clean technology. Ontario businesses will sign agreements with Chinese partners in each of the cities they visit, strengthening our economic ties with China and creating jobs here at home.
The mission begins Sunday in Shanghai. The delegation will then travel to Nanjing and Chengdu. The Premier will conclude the mission on January 18 in Beijing.
- Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, and Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport will also join the trade mission.
- China is Ontario’s second-largest global market. Ontario exports to China have grown by 233% since 2003.
- Previous missions resulted in over 40 agreements that created jobs and led to new partnerships between Ontario businesses, universities and other organizations.
“As China’s large-scale urbanization continues, there are tremendous opportunities for Ontario companies producing nutritious foods, clean energy and water management technologies. We already have a strong relationship with China — and working together, we’ll continue to build momentum and achieve real results for families there and here at home.”