September 20, 2013

Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) will receive $24,000 from the Government of Canada to attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment.

“This organization plays an important role in identifying and attracting job-creating investment to our community. That’s why I’m pleased to announce funding today that will help ensure that investors from around the world look to Burlington as a destination of choice for new investment opportunities,” said Wallace.

The funding for BEDC comes from the Invest Canada – Community Initiatives (ICCI) program. It helps communities attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment (FDI).

“Our government is focused on what matters to Canadians: jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, and attracting foreign investment is key to these efforts,” added Minister Fast. “We are proud to be working with local communities across Canada to help attract the investment that brings new opportunities and new sources of prosperity to workers and their families.”

ICCI funds up to 50 percent of community-based activities aimed at developing and executing local investment-attraction strategies. Applications are evaluated based on the proposed strategy, project components, performance measures, work plan and the level of public-private-sector partnership. Eligible communities can apply for funding once per year following the guidelines found at Invest Canada – Community Initiatives (ICCI).