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Government Partners

EDCO maintains a number of government partnerships to ensure access to the most relevant and up to-date resources, programs and funding opportunities are available for EDCO members.

EDCO often partners with government to deliver training or information sessions relevant to Economic Development in Ontario.

EDCO Partners:

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is responsible for the development of policies and the operation of programs related to tourism, arts, cultural industries, heritage sectors and libraries, in Ontario. The Ministry works in partnership with its agencies, attractions, boards and commissions and the private sector to maximize the economic, cultural and social contributions of its agencies and attractions, while promoting the tourism industry and preserving Ontario's culture and heritage.

Tourism is an important economic sector for Ontario. Every year Ontario receives more than 140 million tourists who generate more than $20 billion in annual revenues.  

The Ministry of Economic Development, and Growth supports a strong, innovative economy that can provide jobs, opportunities and prosperity for all Ontarians. The Ministry provides leadership in promoting Ontario's economic growth and competitiveness by: supporting commercialization efforts to bring innovative ideas to market; supporting sector competitiveness and clusters; pursuing increased investment in Ontario; facilitating opportunities to boost Ontario exports; and providing advice and support services to small and medium-sized businesses in Ontario. For more information and resources, please visit:

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and helps companies navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions.  With our on-the-ground presence in over 150 cities worldwide and our offices across Canada, the Trade Commissioner Service is everywhere you do business.  The TCS is a free service of the Government of Canada, helping companies prepare for international markets, assess market potential, find qualified contacts and resolve business problems.  Trade Commissioners at our offices in Ontario can help you save time and money by providing expert advice, and connecting you with an unparalleled network of contacts to meet your needs here at home and around the world.  As the Government of Canada’s regional economic development organization for Northern Ontario, FedNor works with businesses, communities and organizations to grow Northern Ontario’s economy and to lead the region to prosperity. Our goal is to encourage immediate yet long-term business growth, diversification, job creation and self-reliant communities in Northern Ontario. To achieve these objectives, FedNor provides financial support to viable projects led by businesses, municipalities, First Nations, and other organizations and institutions. We also support youth internships, providing project partners with bright young minds while giving post-secondary graduates valuable work experience in Northern Ontario.

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