Ontario Opens Marketing Centre In Paris

    McGuinty Government Promoting Ontario's Economy In France

    TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ -


    Ontario officially opened its International Marketing Centre (IMC) today
in Paris, France.
    One of 10 worldwide (http://www.2ontario.com/imc/contactinfo.asp), the
centre will strengthen the more than $3-billion trade relationship
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investment opportunities and jobs.
    The other locations of Ontario's IMCs are Beijing, London, Los Angeles,
Mexico City, Munich, New Delhi, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

    The centres:
    -   Boost Ontario's strengths and expertise in key global markets
    -   Attract more job-creating investments to the province
    -   Provide Ontario companies with the contacts and information they need
        to succeed
    -   Promote Ontario's interests with key business decision-makers.

    Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello is spending
July 7-10 in Paris to explore potential investment and trade opportunities.


    "The International Marketing Centre gives us a strategic presence in
France," Pupatello (www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/about_bio_minister_en.jsp)
said. "The centre helps attract investment to Ontario and encourages Ontario
firms to expand their operations in France."
    "Ontario is an ideal investment destination and trade partner in a wide
range of sectors, including: automotive, information technology, advanced
manufacturing, aerospace and environmental technologies, all key sectors in
France's economy," Pupatello added.


    -   Ontario's exports to France increased more than 40 per cent between
        2003 and 2007.
    -   In 2007, France was the fourth largest source of foreign capital
        investment in Ontario.
    -   There are more than 65 French companies with operations in Ontario -
        employing more than 14,000 people.


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For further information:

For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4776

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