Premier Wynne Strengthens Ontario's Relationship with New Governor of Vermont
Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement about her productive first meeting with Vermont Governor Phil Scott in Toronto today:
"Vermont and Ontario have a strong relationship grounded in our shared priorities and the belief that when we work together, it benefits communities and people in both our regions. Today, Governor Scott and I talked about opportunities for collaboration in trade, innovation and postsecondary education.
The U.S. is Ontario's largest trade partner and Canada is Vermont's largest trade partner. Vermont exchanged more than $3.7 billion in goods with Canada last year, supporting almost 19,000 jobs in the state. Expanding our trade and investment opportunities will support economic growth and job creation on both sides of the border.
Innovation keeps us competitive and ensures we continue to grow our economies. The Governor and I are committed to exploring ways we can work together to support the American and Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators who are developing the next generation of breakthroughs.
We also discussed our strong support for postsecondary education in both our regions. A number of Ontario universities and colleges already have bilateral or consortial agreements with postsecondary institutions throughout the U.S. These valuable collaborations encourage joint research and support both faculty and students.
Ontario is committed to maintaining strong relationships with U.S. states. It is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Today's meeting with Governor Scott reaffirmed Ontario's ties with Vermont and opened the door to new partnerships."