MP Badawey consults local stakeholders on Trade and the Economy

Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, met with local businesses, industry associations, post-secondary institutions, and local municipalities last week in order to discuss trade, transportation and the overall economic landscape in the Niagara region.

The discussion focused on the Niagara Economic Gateway corridor strategy and how the Federal government can assist local municipalities, the Region, and the Province in alleviating trade corridor bottlenecks in the Niagara region. These discussions stem from Niagara’s designation as a Gateway Economic Zone and Centre by the Ontario Government in 2010, and subsequently being named an Economic Cluster, as well as its designation as Ontario’s first Foreign Trade Zone by the Government of Canada in 2016. MP Badawey is looking forward to working with all relevant stakeholders to capitalize on Niagara’s strengths.

Building off of existing programs such as the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Canada Infrastructure Bank, Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, and the Smart Cities Challenge, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative. The Government of Canada has committed $2.1 billion to this plan. The program will invest in trade and transportation projects to build more robust transportation systems to help Canadians move smoothly to their destination of choice in addition to aiding businesses in getting their products to market. This is part of the Governments $180+ billion long-term infrastructure plan for the country.

“I am proud that the Government of Canada is investing so heavily in transportation and trade corridors,” said MP Vance Badawey. “Niagara is a top-notch destination with world-class post-secondary institutions, a diverse and skilled workforce and multimodal transportation networks. Niagara has a strategic advantage built within its geography when it comes to trade and transportation. I look forward to building off of our discussions today and working together with local stakeholders, municipalities and the Provincial government to position Niagara for strong economic growth well into the future.”

Source – Office of MP Vance Badawey press release



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