McGuinty Government Strengthens Ontario's Global Strength

    Trade Minister Promoting Ontario Advantages In Japan

    TOKYO, Japan, April 1 /CNW/ - Economic Development and Trade Minister
Sandra Pupatello is meeting with key industry leaders in Tokyo and Nagoya
Japan as part of the McGuinty government's aggressive international outreach
strategy to build stronger trade and investment ties with key global markets.
    "Our government is working aggressively to build strong, working
relationships with government and business leaders in massive, strong markets
like Japan," said Pupatello. "It's the right approach. We're opening up new
markets and giving Ontario companies better access to the partnerships and
contacts they need to grow their market share and their companies."
    Premier McGuinty officially opened Ontario's International Marketing
Centre in Tokyo in June 2006. It's one of seven centres Ontario currently
operates in key global markets, with three more set to open later this year.
    Pupatello's visit to Japan follows Premier McGuinty's Business Mission to
India and Pakistan in January that resulted in more than 40 contracts between
Ontario organizations and their partners in these massive markets.
    Ontario's strategic efforts to reach out to Japanese business and
government leaders, has helped the province attract significant new
investment, particularly in the automotive industry.
    In the past two years, Ontario has welcomed a new state-of-the-art Toyota
assembly facility to Woodstock that will directly employ 3,000 workers,
beginning in 2008. Ontario has benefited from several spin-off investments
resulting from the new Toyota plant including Hino Motors, Toyotetsu, Toyota
Boshoku, and Hayashi Canada and Aisin. Honda Canada is also expanding its
Ontario operations, adding a new engine facility at its Alliston site.
    During the visit, Pupatello will participate in several meetings with key
industry leaders, tour facilities and address the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
in Japan.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Phil De Mont, Minister Pupatello's Office,
(416) 325-6706; Lisa Roberts, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8773

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