TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Business and civic leaders are calling
for a regional team effort to attract investment and jobs to the
Greater Toronto Area (GTA). They are citing the Roadmap to Revitalization, a report on the state of foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction
and regional cooperation. Commissioned by the Greater Toronto Marketing
Alliance (GTMA), the report was developed in conjunction with PwC, with
the support of an advisory group, and under the auspices of
"We've had some success bringing investment here and have coordinated to
a degree, but it's time to catch up with what regions like Greater
Montreal and Greater London (U.K.) are doing to attract investment,"
said John Tory, Co-Chair of the GTMA and Chair of CivicAction.
The GTA has many strengths in its favour, such as location, size,
leading industry clusters, and a talented workforce, but it is
underperforming relative to its potential, the report concluded.
Foreign direct investment helps drive economic growth, and the GTA is a
key engine for our country's FDI performance, representing 52% of FDI
in Ontario and 24% in Canada. But, Canada's global market share of FDI
is declining. And, the Toronto region is not keeping pace with other
regions that are competing aggressively for foreign investments and the
jobs that they bring.
The report included case studies of high-performing FDI attraction
agencies in other regions and how they drive success. These regional
organizations were generating about eight times as many FDI projects as the GTMA in relation to the size of the local
economy. They were also funded on average at four times the level of the GTMA.
A strong regional body could pursue and attract even more companies to
the Toronto region. John Tory, called for partners to work together to
act on these findings. "A properly funded, collaborative regional
organization is essential," he said.
GTMA Co-Chair Dave Ryan, Mayor of Pickering, said, "Municipalities want
to work together with private sector partners and other levels of
government to make sure we're out there globally, showcasing every part
of the region as great places for companies to locate."
Since 1997, the GTMA has helped over 100 new foreign companies locate in
the GTA. These investments have generated over $440 million in GDP, or
$4.4 million on average for each project. If a sustainable, competitive
level of funding were secured and the organization restructured to
achieve increased results, the potential impact on the region's economy
would be significant.
The report can be downloaded at http://www.greatertoronto.org/publications.
About the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA)
Established in 1997, the GTMA is a public-private partnership of the 29
municipalities and regions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), together
with the Provincial and Federal governments, other non-profit
organizations and a broad cross section of private sector corporations.
The GTMA is the key point of contact for exploring business
opportunities in the GTA. With the resources of its public and private
sector partners, the GTMA provides essential business information and
site selection services to facilitate new foreign investment in the
Greater Toronto Area. For more information, visit http://www.greatertoronto.org/
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
(CivicAction) has brought together senior executives and rising leaders
from all sectors to tackle some of our region's toughest social,
economic and environmental challenges. For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca
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