The strong federal-provincial collaboration of the Atlantic Growth Strategy continues to help create stable, well-paying jobs for Atlantic Canadians by providing businesses with the tools they need to increase exports to lucrative global markets, grow traditional industries vital to the region’s communities, as well as attract and retain skilled workers.

With these goals in mind, federal ministers, Atlantic premiers and Minister Casey met today in Moncton, New Brunswick, to review the Atlantic Growth Strategy’s progress and to unveil new action items that will help further strengthen Atlantic Canada’s economy. The Leadership Committee discussed and welcomed the positive announcement that Atlantic Canada’s Ocean Supercluster was one of five industry clusters in Canada chosen to receive funding under the Government of Canada’s $950 million superclusters initiative, demonstrating the collaborative work under the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

The Ocean Supercluster will tap the combined strengths of the industries operating in Canada’s oceans, including marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, defence, shipbuilding, transportation and ocean technology. By harnessing emerging technologies, this supercluster will digitize and optimize marine operations, maximize sustainable approaches to resources, and increase safety for those operating in marine environments. It is projected that this supercluster will create more than 3,000 jobs and add more than $14 billion to Canada’s economy over 10 years.

The ministers and premiers announced they will lead a trade mission to China in November 2018. This mission will advance international trade and investment opportunities in business and educational sectors. A key focus of the mission is to capitalize on China’s demand for goods and services, in particular, in the food and seafood and clean growth industries, by showcasing the high-quality products Atlantic Canada has to offer and exploring new opportunities to increase trade. As 2018 is the Canada-China Year of Tourism, ministers and premiers will also focus on deepening ties between the two countries to grow tourism to the region and recruit more Chinese students to choose Atlantic Canada for their studies.

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