|By Marketwired .||
|April 24, 2014 02:43 PM EDT||
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/24/14 -- Industry Canada
Industry Minister James Moore today concluded a successful trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. While in Northern California, Minister Moore met with Canadian entrepreneurs and promoted Canada's digital advantage to some of the world's largest digital technology companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. The Minister also hosted a digital innovation forum with representatives from a number of leading Canadian companies doing business in Silicon Valley.
During these meetings, the Minister championed Canada as a top investment destination and source of leading-edge technological expertise. Canada has a great talent pool of highly skilled workers, strong institutions and a sound economy. These together make Canada an ideal place to create, to innovate and to build a business. A strong digital economy in Canada will bring high-value jobs while ensuring Canada remains a global leader in research and development, innovation and digital technologies.
-- The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector employs over 520,000 Canadians in Canada and contributes more than $67 billion to our annual GDP. -- Digital Canada 150 is a framework for Canada to take advantage of digital opportunities. -- Digital Canada 150 encompasses 39 new initiatives that build on our government's successful measures for a more connected Canada.
"Silicon Valley has become a global icon for the Internet age. It shows that hard work, good ideas and a commitment to innovation are what it takes to succeed in a creative and digitally connected world. Digital Canada 150 is our government's plan to promote these values and invest in the necessary infrastructure for Canada to succeed in this digital world. Our government's top priority is creating jobs and growth, and promoting Canada's digital economy is an essential part of our plan."
- Industry Minister James Moore
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