Minister Fast Announces Funding to Canadian Industry Associations to Help Companies Compete and Win in Global Markets

Opening new markets and creating new export opportunities is a key part of the Harper government’s focus on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

September 16, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced, at the Linamar Corporation facility in Guelph, Ontario, that 39 industry associations will receive up to $3 million from the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program this year to create new opportunities for Canadian companies in markets throughout the world.

“Our government is committed to helping workers and businesses within key sectors of our economy expand and succeed in new markets around the world because we know this creates jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for hard-working Canadians here at home,” said Minister Fast. “Today’s announcement will help them do just that through investments in every region of our country that will put in place new tools and programs to help world-class Canadian businesses succeed in global markets.”

Linamar, Guelph’s single largest employer, is a member of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA). APMA will receive $89,480 in matching funds from the federal government to participate in activities that will help Canadian companies highlight their world-class products in large and dynamic markets, including Europe, India and the United States. Other automotive sector recipients include the Canadian Association of Moldmakers and the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association.

Automotive exports grew by $8.6 billion in 2012 over the previous year’s total of $61.9 billion—a 16-percent rise. The sector is among Canada’s leading employers, with more than 1,300 facilities employing over 115,000 Canadians.

“The federal funding contribution through the GOA program and the assistance of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service on the ground are key to helping companies in the auto parts sector access new opportunities outside Canada,” said Steve Rodgers, President of APMA. “With the North American auto sector rebounding strongly and exciting opportunities in Europe, South America and Asia, we are working to help Canadian businesses succeed, which helps create new jobs and new sources of prosperity across Canada.”

“Our world-class auto industry is a key driver of the Canadian economy, and we are proud of its success,” said Minister Fast. “That is why we will continue to help it and other key sectors by keeping taxes low, paying down debt, reducing red tape and promoting free trade and innovation to create jobs and growth here at home.”

The GOA funding program delivers assistance across a wide range of key sectors of the Canadian economy, including education, financial services, aerospace, infrastructure, and information and communications technologies. The GOA program provides matching funding of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses to support national associations for the benefit of an entire industry. The maximum GOA contribution is $150,000 annually.

For more information, please visit Global Opportunities for Associations.

A backgrounder follows.

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Backgrounder - Global Opportunities for Associations Program 2013-14: Contributions by Sector

The Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program helps national associations undertake new or expanded business activities. This year, subject to agreement with the recipients, the GOA program is providing up to $3 million to 39 industry associations:

Aerospace and defence: Aerospace Industries Association of Canada ($110,800), Air Transport Association of Canada ($38,125), Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries ($150,000).

Arts and culture: Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music and the Arts ($21,349), Canadian Independent Music Association ($138,825), Canadian Media Production Association ($47,805).

Automotive: Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association ($89,480), Canadian Association of Moldmakers ($38,275), Canadian Tooling & Machining Association ($22,490).

Sustainable technologies: Canadian Bioenergy Association ($134,845), Canadian Geothermal Energy Association ($28,350), Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association ($150,000), Marine Renewables Canada ($88,925).

Education: Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne [association of Canadian francophone universities] ($67,849), Association of Canadian Community Colleges ($135,070), Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada ($39,483), Canadian Accredited Independent Schools ($54,864), Canadian Association of Public Schools - International ($41,507), Canadian Bureau for International Education ($126,300), Canadian Virtual University ($17,100), Languages Canada ($62,929).

Information and communications technologies: Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance ($109,750), Information Technology Association of Canada ($57,850), Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre Society ($110,073).

Infrastructure, building products and related services: Canada Green Building Council ($6,575), Continental Automated Buildings Association ($20,500), Interior Designers of Canada ($104,835), Mission Design ($95,674), SmartGrid Canada ($40,150).

Life sciences: BIOTECanada ($40,450), Medical Devices Canada ($77,430).

Manufacturing: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters ($86,941), CTT Group ($25,850).

Mining: Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export ($114,910), Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ($111,625).

Nuclear: Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries ($142,125).

Tourism: Tourism Industry Association of Canada ($120,650).

Transportation: Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers ($72,140), Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada ($97,000).