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[Joanne Ing- Tuesday September 30th, 2003]
The City of Flin Flon, located on the Manitoba - Saskatchewan border, is a unique northern urban community of 6000 residents. One of Canada's richest mining communities, Flin Flon boasts a average household income higher than the Manitoba and Canadian average.

Primary industry accounts for almost one-third of all employment in Flin Flon. Solid commitments from major employers Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. provide stability and give every reason to expect a bright and long future for Flin Flon. The business community is flourishing; arguably, its best asset is the hard-working, honest, friendly labour force.

The Flin Flon & District Chamber of Commerce offers local businesses an opportunity to bring concerns into an arena where, through lobbying at all levels of government, a united voice is heard and problem solving opportunities are enhanced.

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[Joanne Ing-Edmonton, Alberta]
Edmonton's development began in 1795 when the Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post was established; Fort Edmonton became a local economic centre for fur traders. Since that time, Edmonton has earned an international reputation as a great place to live, visit and do business.

Edmonton's surplus of business advantages is based on the strengths of the region's resource industries: agriculture, energy and forestry. Other economic drivers today include manufacturing, business services, and advanced technologies. Edmonton's Economic Indicators point towards continued growth and success.

West Edmonton Mall

The largest shopping and entertainment centre in the world, WEM features over 800 stores and more than 110 restaurants and eateries. Attractions include an indoor amusement park; the World Waterpark with slides and a wave pool; a Dolphin Lagoon; miniature golf; several movie theatres and a full size ice rink. The mall's nightlife consists of a casino, live dinner theatres, comedy clubs and several nightclubs.

With such numerous businesses, WEM offers over 23,500 full time, part time, seasonal, and permanent positions appealing to a variety of applicants ranging from the first time job seeker to the seasoned professional. Employment opportunities at WEM may be viewed here.

[Joanne Ing- Pincher Creek, Alberta]
Rolling hills, warm climate, four seasons' recreation, genuine community spirit, and abundant business opportunities are the trademarks of Pincher Creek, a town nestled in the foothills of Southern Alberta. Pincher Creek, the "Center of Adventure" is an active community with about 7000 residents in its municipal district.

Pincher Creek is a prosperous area with all the elements for successful commerce. Plenty of gently sloping plains provide ideal land for agricultural and industrial businesses. Pure, clean mountain water is routed to the Old Man River dam, where many professionals are employed. The growth of renewable wind energy in Pincher Creek requires engineers and technical maintenance staff to work on wind turbines and future site development. The enterprising tourism industry provides many service positions in local hotels, restaurants and attraction sites.

If the thought of golden fields and endless mountain views, wide-open spaces, and ten minute walks from home to office enchant you, consider a lifestyle in vibrant Pincher Creek, Alberta.

Saskatoon - Busy and Thriving
[David Jiang - Tuesday, April 22 2003]

Saskatoon is one of Canada’s most desirable cities. Among cities with a population under 250,000, Saskatoon was ranked first in Canada by the Places Rated Almanac Millennium Edition. Saskatoon is also one of the top 5 health care providers in Canada, according to MacLean’s Magazine. With a proportionally young and educated citizenry, and some of the lowest housing prices in Canada, it’s a great place to live in.

Saskatoon’s economy is diverse, and particularly strong in the agri-food, manufacturing, mining, technology, warehousing, and distribution industries, according to the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority. They are also a top Agricultural Biotechnology centre, with the bulk of research taking place at Innovation Place and the University of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon has a wide variety of festivals and recreational activities available. You can find out more at Tourism Saskatoon. Be sure to also visit the Official City of Saskatoon Website.

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Community Feature: Kamloops a Major Destination in BC
[David Jiang - Friday, February 7 2003]

Kamloops, BC has quickly gained a reputation as the Tournament Capital of Canada, having hosted such events as the Canada Games and Labatt Brier Curling Championship.

Kamloops is also a natural choice for hosting the 2003 BC Tourism Industry Conference. The city's location gives easy access to a variety of activities ranging from kayaking and skiing, to golfing and horse riding. You can find out more at

According to Venture Kamloops, mineral, timber, and ranching were historically the economic mainstays of Kamloops. Today, tourism, value-added wood manufacturing, and hi-tech are experiencing the most growth.

For more information, you can visit the official city web site. Mayor Mel Rothenburger sums it up this way: "Recreation, sports, arts and culture, health care, social activities, volunteerism, and affordable housing all meld to form a unique blend of big-city amenities with small-town ambiance, and of the old and the new. This is Kamloops!"

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Community Feature: Waterloo to Receive New Research & Technology Park
[David Jiang - Friday, January 24 2003]

The University of Waterloo will house the new UW Research & Technology Park. This centre for technology will consist of a variety of technology related companies, covering an area measuring over 1.2 million square feet.

Sybase Inc., a provider of mobile and wireless solutions, has already announced its plans to open its iAnywhere Solutions division on the massive lot.

The City of Waterloo, Ontario is a part of both Canada's Technology Triangle and Free Trade Area. According to Waterloo's official Web Site, the Financial Post’s Business Magazine (August 2001) has named Waterloo as one of the top places in Canada to help companies grow.

The University of Waterloo has been consistently ranked among the top universities in Canada. For more details on the Research & Technology Park, click here. To visit the official site of the City of Waterloo, Ontario, click here.

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Community Feature: London Ontario a Growth Leader in Canada
[David Jiang - Friday, January 17 2003]

London, Ontario is set to be one of Canada's fastest growing cities this year.

The Conference Board of Canada has forecast London to grow by 3.6 percent. That would be sixth-highest out of all Canadian cities, and third-highest in Ontario.

London, Ontario is the 10th largest city in Canada. As stated on their official web site, the city has served as host for the 2001 Canada Summer games. Well-known businesses such as 3M Canada, General Motors Defense, Kellogg Canada, and Siemens Electric have headquarters or major production facilities in the city. It is also home to the dynamic University of Western Ontario.

For more information on cultural and recreational activities in London, click here. For business information, click here.

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Community Feature: Ajax Ontario—A Leader in Quality
[David Jiang - Friday, January 10 2003]

Business is good in Canada, and not just within the largest cities.

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) refers to the City of Toronto plus the surrounding regions of Durham, York, Peel and Halton which include 24 municipalities. One of these, the Town of Ajax, is a leader in automotive assembly.

As stated on their web site, "Ajax is believed to be the first, and currently, only town in Canada, and perhaps North America, with ISO certification." Haven't heard about ISO certification? You can begin learning about that here.

In meeting the requirements for this quality assurance standard, the town has demonstrated it understands the needs of the automotive industry. Leaders in the Ajax automotive community include DaimlerChrysler, Lear Canada, Jet Composites, and the national head office for Volkswagen Canada.

Interested in finding out more? You can check out job possibilities in Ajax through their employment page.

Find out more about their new business developments for 2003 here. For still more information on business and industry in the Town of Ajax, click here.

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New Customer Contact Centre to Open in Chatham-Kent
[David Jiang - Saturday, January 4 2003]

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has started the New Year with a bang, announcing a new customer contact centre to open early in January 2003. Opening this facility will create 200 jobs, with the possibility for more in the future.

This contact centre will be responsible for raising public awareness of the Police Association of Ontario.

Source: For more information, you can read articles about the benefits of locating there and Chatham-Kent's economic profile. You can find their homepage here.

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