Funding Announcement from Canada Economic Development



    MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL IS DELIGHTED WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE
    GOVERNMENT OF CANADA UNTIL 2011

    MONTREAL, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International (MI) is delighted
by the news of a $4.4M funding contribution it will receive from Canada
Economic Development (CED). This contribution covers the current period until
the first quarter of 2011. This financial support, which will allow MI to
continue implementing its triennial 2008-2010 plan, was announced today by the
Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Québec, during a news conference held in
Montréal.
    "We are extremely grateful to the Government of Canada for its
contribution in funding our economic development and international promotion
activities for the Greater Montréal area," declared André Gamache, Montréal
International President and CEO. "This major support from Canada Economic
Development allows us to finalize our government funding for the next two
years. I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Minister Denis Lebel for
his continued support in promoting the prosperity, competitiveness and
international recognition of Greater Montréal," stated Mr. Gamache.
    Since its inception, Montréal International contributed to attract more
than $7 billion of direct foreign investments in Greater Montréal, which have
allowed the creation or preservation of over 40,000 jobs. Montréal
International was also instrumental in the establishment of more than 25
international organizations in the metropolis and the set up of over 3,000
qualified foreign workers.
    It must be remembered that Canada Economic Development is one of the
founding members of Montréal International, and a key partner to the
organization. "Today's announcement is of strategic importance and comes at a
very opportune time. Current economic conditions require a concerted effort on
the part of the various stakeholders to support the vitality and prosperity of
the Greater Montréal region, the driving economic force for Québec. Minister
Lebel has shown himself acutely aware of this reality, and not only
enthusiastically renewed funding for Montréal International, but also agreed
to provide financial support for the duration of our triennial plan," added
Mr. Gamache.
    "In addition to this precious support from the Government of Canada,
Montréal International also receives financial contributions from the
Government of Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal
Metropolitan Community), the City of Montréal, and its 100 members from the
private and institutional sectors. This partnership between public authorities
and the Greater Montréal business community is at the origin of the creation
of MI. This unique alliance is also the foundation of the success of our
organization," concluded Mr. Gamache.

    About Montréal International

    Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Greater Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations
and qualified workforce, and supporting the development of innovation and
metropolitan clusters. Montréal International is financed by the private
sector, the Governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de
Montréal and the City of Montréal. For more information, visit
www.montrealinternational.com.




For further information:

For further information: Benoît Lefèvre, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9323, Cell: (514) 677-2498,
benoit.lefevre@montrealinternational.com


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