The Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario

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Introduction

The Government of Canada has released a draft framework for the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario and are seeking public comments and feedback on the four key areas of growth and proposed priority areas included in this document. Your input through this survey is appreciated and important in shaping the final document and the economy of Northern Ontario.

What is the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario?

On April 19, 2017 the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced that FedNor would lead the development of the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario. This targeted approach to economic development supports the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan as well as the key investment priorities identified for Regional Development Agencies throughout the country.

To help ensure that the needs and priorities of Northern Ontarians are fully considered, FedNor is reaching out to communities, organizations and individuals who wish to contribute their perspective toward the development of the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario.

What areas will the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario cover?

The development of the strategy will be based on the on the following four key areas for growth:

  1. People - Building a diverse, skilled and educated workforce
  2. Technology - Promoting the adoption of advanced technologies, including clean technology
  3. Companies - Encouraging business to start-up and scale-up to compete globally
  4. Strong Communities - Helping municipalities and Indigenous communities better respond to opportunities and challenges

And the following principles:

  • Engagement – Build on feedback from previous consultations and roundtables through continued engagement with regional federal/provincial and other stakeholders in Northern Ontario
  • Collaboration – Support a coordinated and collaborative approach among federal and provincial governments that increases impact of key interventions 
  • Evidence-based – Improved data and research capacity for sound policy-making 
  • Pan-Northern – Emphasize region-wide approaches 
  • Alignment – Ensure actions align with national priorities/strategies and, as appropriate, with the province, to maximize effectiveness
  • Inclusiveness – Foster economic growth that improves living standards and shares benefits of increased prosperity more evenly across social groups, including women and Indigenous peoples
  • Outcome-driven – Identify clear and realistic outcomes 

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