Canada's new government awards $145,500 to Association of health technologies industry



    MONTREAL, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Labour and Minister of
Canada Economic Development, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, today
announced a $145,500 non-repayable contribution to the Association of health
technologies industry (Association de l'industrie des technologies de la santé
or AITS) to conduct workshops and seminars, develop business links and
organize trade activities abroad.
    Canada's new government's support will enable AITS to back value-added
activities for enterprises. AITS will be conducting eight workshops and
seminars on regulations, development of foreign markets, procurement processes
in Quebec, and financing of small and medium-sized health technology
enterprises (SMEs). It will also be organizing two trade activities abroad.
    "Development of Quebec's industrial health technology sector is a
priority for Canada Economic Development," stated Minister Blackburn. "This
industry is as large as biotechnology, and features a significant presence in
the regions. The seminars given by experts will enable SMEs to acquire useful
knowledge that can be rapidly transferred to their business processes.
Moreover, the trade mission planned for the United States represents promising
business opportunities."
    AITS fosters the creation and development of businesses in the health
technology sector. It participates actively in promoting its members on
domestic and international markets and defends their interests.
    "Quebec's health technology industry is undergoing strong growth, owing
in particular to the aging of the population," stated Daniel Laplante,
director general of AITS. "It brings together the manufacture, development and
distribution of medical equipment, as well as medical informatics. AITS is
pleased to receive financial support from Canada Economic Development."

    Quebec's health technology industry comprises 600 enterprises, mostly
SMEs, and provides 15,000 jobs, more than 30% of them outside the Montreal
area. Canada Economic Development's contribution will help increase the
development capability of Quebec's health technology industry.




For further information:

For further information: Jean Décary, Communications, Canada Economic
Development, (514) 283-8818, jean.decary@dec-ced.gc.ca; Roxane Marchand, Press
Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Canada Economic
Development, (819) 953-5646, Cell.: (613) 816-5094,
roxane.marchand@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca; Marie-Claude Savard, Communications and
Events Manager, Association of Health Technologies Industry (AITS), (514)
383-3268, ext. 6, mcsavard@aits.ca; www.aits.ca

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