This third international conference will bring together over 800 of Ukraine’s friends and partners, including foreign ministers, heads of international institutions, parliamentarians, and members of the private sector, civil society and community members to support Ukraine’s reform process. There will be 39 countries and seven international organizations represented in Toronto.
Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to highlight the $100-million expansion of the CanExport program. This funding program helps Canadian small and medium-sized companies access new export opportunities by diversifying into new markets.
Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, welcomed the opening of Fujitsu’s artificial intelligence (AI) global headquarters, Fujitsu Intelligence Technology, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fujitsu’s investment in Canada will allow them to hire local AI talent to deliver emerging technologies to serve their global customers and high-growth markets around the world.
Foreign investments into Canadaare vital to Canada’s economic growth. More investment in Canada leads to more jobs for Canadian workers and a stronger middle class. Invest in Canada provides crucial expertise, tools and connections to companies of all sizes looking to invest and grow within Canada, making it a key player in attracting foreign investments.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, participated in events in Toronto to highlight the positive impact of Canada’s new trade agreements. He spoke at the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) Toronto Partnership Summit championing the work of the C-IBC to promote mutually beneficial trade and investment opportunities between Canada and India.
Canada is committed to close cooperation with its partners throughout the Americas. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Parliamentary Secretary Rob Oliphant will visit Medellín, Colombia, to represent Canada at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) from June 26 to June 28, 2019.
The Canadian economy can never reach its full potential if historically marginalized groups are left behind. Canada’s trade diversification strategy is making sure that everyone—including Indigenous peoples—can benefit from the opportunities created by trade and investment. Supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses will result in more jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
In coordination with the United States, Canada is announcing sanctions in response to gross and systematic human rights violations that have been committed in Nicaragua. Canada is imposing sanctions against key members of the Government of Nicaragua under the Special Economic Measures Act. These sanctions send a clear message that the Government of Nicaragua’s ongoing human rights violations against its people will not be tolerated.
Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, participated in CODE’s 60th anniversary celebration, at which she announced a $5-million contribution to support CODE’s Transforming Girls’ Education project.