Governments partner on Toronto metropolitan region competitiveness study



    OECD Metropolitan Review to Look at Way Forward for Canada's Largest
    Metropolitan Region

    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The governments of Canada, Ontario and
Toronto announced today that they will partner to study the economic
competitiveness of the Toronto metropolitan region. This study will be
conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD), an international organization established in 1961 that promotes
collaboration between governments to address the economic, social and
governance challenges of globalization.
    "Canada's New Government recognizes that urban centres greatly contribute
to the country's economic prosperity," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities. "Through our
partnership with the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto, this
landmark study will increase our body of knowledge on Canadian and
international cities and metropolitan regions. OECD's expertise will be
particularly important in this study."
    "Canada's largest city is a catalyst for investment, innovation and job
creation across the province," said the Honourable Sandra Pupatello, Ontario
Minister of Economic Development and Trade. "Our support for this initiative
is another indication of our commitment to work with our partners for a strong
Toronto region within a strong Ontario."
    "Strategic vision and leadership is required for the Toronto metropolitan
region to realize its full potential," said Mayor David Miller. "This review
will provide the kind of important analysis that will help us plan for
sustainable economic growth. I'm pleased the federal and provincial
governments are partnering with us on this initiative as they will play
important roles in helping us realize that growth potential."
    The OECD Metropolitan Review will involve in-depth analysis of the
economic, social, cultural, environmental and intergovernmental collaboration
factors affecting the Toronto metropolitan region's long-term prosperity. The
OECD has a wealth of experience in conducting metropolitan reviews,
undertaking 20 such reviews to date. These reviews are generating an important
body of research on metropolitan region governance issues, as well as a unique
database to compare economic performance. The three orders of government will
now have access to this crucial tool for policy development. The study will
take approximately 18 months to complete with a budget of $300,000 shared
equally among the three governments.
    The OECD Metropolitan Review will:

    
    - Examine the Toronto metropolitan region's primary economic and business
      clusters and suggest ways to address metropolitan region challenges
    - Identify potential barriers to development and competitiveness and
      offer recommendations on how to address these barriers
    - Examine the impact on competitiveness of quality-of-life factors such
      as social inclusion and environmental sustainability
    - Recommend opportunities for strengthened collaboration among the
      federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as with other
      stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations and the business
      community.
    

    Recent OECD Metropolitan Reviews include Stockholm, Sweden; Milan, Italy;
and Seoul, Korea. The OECD completed a review of Montreal in 2004.
    You can access the Policy Briefs of these Metropolitan Reviews on the
OECD website at: 
http://www.oecd.org/advancedSearch/0,3393,en_2649_201185_1_1_1_1_1,00.html by
simply typing in the key words: "metropolitan reviews".

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For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary to the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613)
948-1148; Phil DeMont, Office of Minister Pupatello, (416) 325-6706; Neil
Trotter, MEDT Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716; Stuart Green, Office of
Mayor David Miller, (416) 338-7119


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