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British Columbia Small Cities and Towns Score Big on Trivago Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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EcoTactix Launches the Lillooet Mug Shot Campaign

LILLOOET, BC—July 19, 2016—Curtis Cook is passionate about Lillooet and wants the world to know it.  To show his support for the Lillooet area, Curtis Cook, President of the economic development consulting firm, EcoTactix, has launched a community promotion campaign called “Lillooet Mug Shot.”…

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Lillooet and Victoria Both Win $100,000 Toward New Playgrounds

In a surprise twist, two communities have won $100,000 for new playgrounds from the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). BCAA Play Here and its partners will now deliver two, $100,000 play space transformations to the Lillooet Education & Cultural Centre (REC) and Victoria’s Torquay Ele…

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Top Four North American Cities are in Canada According to Quality of Life Survey

Mercer's quality of life rankings cover 230 destinations based on their Quality of Living Survey, which compares conditions in 440 cities in order to offer companies insight into how to fairly compensate employees when assigning them to international positions.

Vancouver, British Columbia(5) is N…

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Canadian Companies are the Most Trusted in the World

Doing business in Canada or with Canadian firms need not be stressful or risky according to a recent survey of global business environments. 

Canadian companies received a 66% approval rating, up three percentage points over the past four years, making Canadian-headquartered companies the most t…

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Canada Ranks Among Least Corrupt Countries in the World

Canada remains among the top ten least corrupt countries in the world according to Transparency International.  Founded in 1993, the organizations Secretariat is based out of Berlin and provides leadership for the movement’s international initiatives, supports over 100 chapters worldwide and coordin…

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