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Happy Birthday Canada

July 1, 2017

Today, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are celebrating this great nation's 150th birthday.  While there is no perfect place in the world, Canada comes pretty darn close.  Happy Birthday Canada!

The Many Reasons I Love Canada

June 29, 2017

Guest blog by Michelle Schoffro Cook

There are endless reasons to love the country that celebrates its 150th birthday Saturday! Having lived in numerous of its provinces and traveled from eastern to western coasts of this wonderful country (with many stops along the way), I pared down my passions…

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Canada Ranked Second Best Country in the World

April 12, 2017

Canada continues to satisfy with another high ranking in the Best Countries assessment for 2017.  As it prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday, Canada ranked second to Switzerland and repeated its top two finish from 2016.  Canada also ranked first in the “quality of life” category.

Best …

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Quesnel Gets Creative to Attract Big City Dwellers

February 16, 2017

Check out this excellent campaign by Quesnel, British Columbia to promote a more balanced and affordable lifestyle to people struggling with the high cost and high stress environments of big city living.

Quesnel is a dynamic small city that is taking a progressive approach to investment attractio…

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Canada Ranks 2nd in the World for Starting a Business

February 14, 2017

According to the World Bank's Doing Business ranking, Canada is the second best place in the world for starting a business. The 16th installment of the annual report analyzes the ease of starting and operating a business in nearly 200 economies.  Canada also placed second in the paying taxes categor…

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British Columbia Small Cities and Towns Score Big on Trivago Rankings

February 12, 2017

British Columbia’s rural towns dominated the Trivago Best Value index list for Canada this year, claiming five of the top 10 spots. The index ranks small cities and towns that combine great value for money with hospitality and vacation fun.

The index revealed that Hope and Smithers secured the …

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Canada is 8th Most Valuable Nation Brand

January 13, 2017

Canada is making a name for itself on the international business stage, ranking eighth for the second consecutive year in Brand Finance’s Nations Brand 2016 Report.

While the United States is the world's most ‘valuable’ country brand, according to consultancy Brand Finance’s Nation Brands…

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Brandon Looks Great in Conference Board Assessment of Canada’s Mid-Sized Cities

January 11, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada confirms that the City of Brandon’s diversified economy is expected to deliver solid economic growth in 2017 thanks to widespread gains across most sectors. 

According to the Conference Board, real GDP is expected to grow by 2.3% in 2017 supported by increased ex…

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Okotoks Among Top Ten Places to Invest in Canada

January 10, 2017

In the premiere issue of Canadian Property Investor, a new publication from Yellow Pages NextHome, the Town of Okotoks was the only Alberta community to rank in the top 10 of the publication’s “Top 50 Places to Invest in Canada.”

The rankings focused on a healthy economy and housing market,…

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Vancouver Airport Ranked as Best in the World

January 9, 2017

British Columbia's Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada’s second largest airport, has won the title of 2016’s Best Airport in the World by the CAPA Centre for Aviation (CAPAC) in a reccent ceremony held in Amsterdam.

“This is an incredible achievement and is a testament to YVR’s succ…

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Canada is Top Vacation Spot for 2017: New York Times

January 7, 2017

Looking for a great vacation in 2017?  Look no further than Canada.  It has been chosen by the New York Times as the number one place to visit this year.

According to the New York Times, Canada is “a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in …

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City of Brandon Wins National Youth Involvement Award

January 6, 2017

The City of Brandon’s unique approach to environmental sustainability-themed youth programming has recently been recognized with a national Communities in Bloom Award.

The City of Brandon Community Services Department representatives accepted an Outstanding Achievement in Youth Involvement Awar…

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Okotoks Growth in the Works as Annexation Agreement Reaches Final Approval Stage

January 5, 2017

In late 2016 Okotoks successfully negotiated an uncontested annexation agreement after two-and-a-half years of discussions and planning. As a result, the community will add 1,950 hectares (4,818 acres) of land from the Municipal District of Foothills.

“Certainly getting that completed was a highl…

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Ottawa’s Innovation Hub Grows with Addition of Place La Cité

January 4, 2017

New interdisciplinary creativity incubators at La Cité Collegiale will provide more research and development opportunities for Ottawa students as construction at Place La Cité is expected to start this month.

The $30 million project is a partnerships between the federal government, the province…

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Canada Chosen as Number 1 Travel Destination in the World for 2017

October 26, 2016

Lonely Planet, the world’s most successful travel publisher, has chosen Canada as the top travel destination for 2017.  According to Lonely Planet, Canada has “dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness.”  The ranking also ment…

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Canada Ranks Second Among Sustainability-driven Investment Hot Spots

September 26, 2016

Site Selection magazine recently published its sustainability index of top locations and Canada is ranked second to Germany.  According to the magazine, “this data-rich, one-of-a-kind index balances a number of factors comprising cleantech and green industry activity, energy awareness, the built env…

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Canada Dominates List of Top Five Most Liveable Cities in the World

September 23, 2016

Last month, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published its Global Liveability Ranking and Overview.  While Melbourne and Vienna captured the top two spots, the Canadian cities of Vancouver (British Columbia), Toronto (Ontario) and Calgary (Alberta) rounded out the top five, illustrating the hig…

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Toronto ranked #1 in KPMG's list of tax competitive global cities

September 19, 2016

KPMG’s Focus on Tax, a study of total business tax costs by country and city, highlights Canada's low tax costs and ranked Toronto, Ontario in the top spot among global cities for tax competitiveness.

Focus on Tax is a supplemental report of KPMG’s biennial survey, Competitive Alternatives, w…

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Canada Ranked #1 on KPMG’s List of Most Tax Competitive Countries

September 16, 2016

Canada has hit number one again on the list of most tax competitive countries, with total business tax costs 47.6% lower than in the United States. According to KPMG's Total Tax Index, Canada's average total tax cost dropped by 1.2% since their last report in 2014, making it 12% more competitive tha…

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Canada and Sweden Ranked Most Reputable Countries in the World

September 13, 2016

If you want to live and conduct business in a country with an impressive global reputation, Canada is still a destination of choice.  Based on the annual survey by The Reputation Institute (RI), a reputation-management consulting firm based in Boston that launched in 1997, Canada ranked second this …

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