Minister Fast Visits Successful Canadian Auto Company in Guelph, Ontario to Announce Funding to Canadian Industry Associations

Photo (left to right): Keith Henry, President of Windsor Mold Group, Mark Stoddart, Linamar Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing, Steve Rodgers, APMA President, Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Chief Executive Officer, and Minister Fast.

September 16, 2013 - Guelph, Ontario - While touring the Linamar Corporation facility in Guelph, Ontario, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced 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.

Linamar 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.

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.

For more information, please consult: Minister Fast Announces Funding to Canadian Industry Associations to Help Companies Compete and Win in Global Markets.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
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