Everybody in the e.d. biz is talking about the new federal economic development agency in southern Ontario. It has been labelled the ACOA for southern Ontario. High praise for ACOA. But I am very curious to see if indeed it will be the ACOA of southern Ontario. Check out this quote from the new guy that will head the organization:
“I look forward working with provincial and municipal leaders, business and non-profit organizations, universities and colleges throughout dynamic and diverse Southern Ontario,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “We all share a common goal – a southern Ontario that attracts and keeps the jobs of the future.”
Now as you know ACOA isn’t involved in any significant way in the ‘attraction’ of jobs to Atlantic Canada. I would like to see ACOA be far more involved in investment attraction but they are currently not there.
I suspect that the SODA (the PM calls it FedDev Ontario which is not as catchy) will be deeply involved in attracting industry to that part of Canada – although I could be wrong. We will have to wait and see because beyond generalities not much else is known.