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Canada Remains Among the Happiest Countries in the World

Even with our neighbors to the south in turmoil, Canadians continue to be among the happiest people in the world.  And new arrivals to the country are also happy about choosing Canada as their new  home.

According to the World Happiness Report 2018, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerlan…

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Ultrafast Broadband Launching in Okotoks

According to reports in Okotoks, Alberta’s Western Wheel newspaper, the progressive community will have state-of-the-art fibre broadband service across most homes and businesses in 2018.  Due to its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative communities, as well as its proximity to Alberta’s la…

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$400 Million Investment in 5G Technology for Ontario and Quebec

Check out this article in the Ottawa Business Journal about the new $400 million private-public partnership to develop 5G technology.  Five multinational firms with offices in Ottawa are collaborating with the federal government, as well as the governments of the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. 

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BC Claims Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas in 2018: Conference Board of Canada

Vancouver and Abbotsford-Mission are forecast to be the fastest growing census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in Canada this year, and Victoria is also expected to rank in the top 10, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Metropolitan Outlook: Winter 2018.

“The pace of growth in Vancouver an…

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Alberta’s Large Metropolitan Economies Bounce Back in 2018: Conference Board of Canada

Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta’s largest cities, are expected to regain economic strength after the oil price collapse of 2015-2016 slowed growth in both cities and across the province.

According to The Conference Board of Canada’s Metropolitan Outlook: Winter 2018, Calgary’s economy will grow…

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2018 Investment and Development Looks Strong in British Columbia

Check out Peter Mitham’s article, “Big spending, big impact for B.C. development sector” in today’s Business in Vancouver.  The article summarizes much of the public and private sector non-residential development intentions for British Columbia expected in 2018.

Using Statistics Canada d…

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New Conference Board Report Tackles Impact of NAFTA Termination

Many people are guessing whether the United States, or more accurately, Donald Trump will terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and what impact it will have on the Canadian economy.  The Conference Board of Canada is the latest to weigh in on the discussion, with its recent repor…

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Canadian Icon Viola Desmond Featured on New $10 Bill

The Bank of Canada unveiled the new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond during a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library on International Women’s Day. Once issued into circulation in late 2018, it will mark the first time that a Canadian woman is portrayed on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada…

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Toronto Makes the Shortlist for Amazon’s Second Headquarters

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, Canada’s largest city and the fourth largest city in North America is the sole Canadian city to make Amazon’s top 20 cut for its second headquarters. Even USA Today recognizes the advantages Toronto brings to the table.  Check out its article, “Will Amazon really…

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Canada Has the Most Positive Influence on the World

A new Ipsos MORI poll of 18,000 respondents across 25 nations shows that an overwhelming majority (86%) of respondents agree that over the last year, the world became a more dangerous place.  The good news is that people around the world see Canada as having the most positive influence on the world …

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Amazon’s Second Corporate Office in Vancouver Expected to add 1,000 jobs

Amazon is expanding its corporate presence in Vancouver, British Columbia, doubling its presence in the coastal city and capitalizing on Vancouver’s talented technology workforce and Canada’s commitment to attract the best and brightest people from around the world.

 The expansion is expected…

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Happy Birthday Canada

Today, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are celebrating this great nation's 150th birthday.  While there is no perfect place in the world, Canada comes pretty darn close.  Happy Birthday Canada!

The Many Reasons I Love Canada

Guest blog by Michelle Schoffro Cook

There are endless reasons to love the country that celebrates its 150th birthday Saturday! Having lived in numerous of its provinces and traveled from eastern to western coasts of this wonderful country (with many stops along the way), I pared down my passions…

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Canada Ranked Second Best Country in the World

Canada continues to satisfy with another high ranking in the Best Countries assessment for 2017.  As it prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday, Canada ranked second to Switzerland and repeated its top two finish from 2016.  Canada also ranked first in the “quality of life” category.

Best …

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Quesnel Gets Creative to Attract Big City Dwellers

Check out this excellent campaign by Quesnel, British Columbia to promote a more balanced and affordable lifestyle to people struggling with the high cost and high stress environments of big city living.

Quesnel is a dynamic small city that is taking a progressive approach to investment attractio…

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Canada Ranks 2nd in the World for Starting a Business

According to the World Bank's Doing Business ranking, Canada is the second best place in the world for starting a business. The 16th installment of the annual report analyzes the ease of starting and operating a business in nearly 200 economies.  Canada also placed second in the paying taxes categor…

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British Columbia Small Cities and Towns Score Big on Trivago Rankings

British Columbia’s rural towns dominated the Trivago Best Value index list for Canada this year, claiming five of the top 10 spots. The index ranks small cities and towns that combine great value for money with hospitality and vacation fun.

The index revealed that Hope and Smithers secured the …

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Canada is 8th Most Valuable Nation Brand

Canada is making a name for itself on the international business stage, ranking eighth for the second consecutive year in Brand Finance’s Nations Brand 2016 Report.

While the United States is the world's most ‘valuable’ country brand, according to consultancy Brand Finance’s Nation Brands…

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Brandon Looks Great in Conference Board Assessment of Canada’s Mid-Sized Cities

The Conference Board of Canada confirms that the City of Brandon’s diversified economy is expected to deliver solid economic growth in 2017 thanks to widespread gains across most sectors. 

According to the Conference Board, real GDP is expected to grow by 2.3% in 2017 supported by increased ex…

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Okotoks Among Top Ten Places to Invest in Canada

In the premiere issue of Canadian Property Investor, a new publication from Yellow Pages NextHome, the Town of Okotoks was the only Alberta community to rank in the top 10 of the publication’s “Top 50 Places to Invest in Canada.”

The rankings focused on a healthy economy and housing market,…

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