BDC Capital launches $250-million Industrial Innovation Venture Fund

Will support innovative and transformative technologies, processes and business models across sectors

BDC Capital launches $250-million Industrial Innovation Venture FundBDC Capital, the investment arm of BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), is launching the $250-million Industrial Innovation Venture Fund to invest in tech companies and entrepreneurs. In a news release on Tuesday, it said it is accelerating the transformation of core Canadian industries, including agriculture and food technologies, resource extraction technologies and advanced manufacturing.…

The sad state of Canada’s economy can be remedied

Lower tax rates, with more capital investment, are crucial to increasing productivity, wages and living standards – and boosting the loonie

The sad state of Canada’s economy can be remediedCanadians’ standard of living isn’t growing as quickly as per capita gross domestic product (GDP). The reason: our dollar has been declining against the currency of our biggest trading partner, the United States. While some of that is because the U.S. dollar has risen against most currencies around the world, a lot of it is…

Labrador Trough’s vast iron-ore potential about to get a huge boost

China's fight for cleaner air creates an unparalleled opportunity for investment in Canadian super clean iron ore

Labrador Trough’s vast iron-ore potential about to get a huge boostChina’s war on air pollution will lead to a big win for the high-grade iron ores produced abundantly in Canada’s Labrador Trough region. Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing to improve air quality. That has created an opportunity for Canadian iron ore projects to enter the market, offering an alternative to lower grade product that…

Mining permit waits hamper Canadian development

Exploration is the critical first stage in mining development. Yet many provinces don't meet their own guidelines

Mining permit waits hamper Canadian developmentEvery year, the Fraser Institute publishes a survey of senior mining company executives that assesses policy environments around the world and the mineral potential of jurisdictions. Those two components are used to create an investment attractiveness index. One thing miners repeatedly tell us is that they’re concerned about obtaining exploration permits: how long does it…

Canadian economy surprises in January with 0.3% gain

But the decline in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction continues

Canadian economy surprises in January with 0.3% gainCanada’s economy expanded 0.3 per cent in January, fully offsetting the declines in November and December 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The rise was widespread as 18 of 20 industrial sectors were up, said the federal agency on Friday. On a three-month rolling average basis, real gross domestic product edged up 0.1 per cent, the…

How Canada’s North can fulfill its great mining potential

Governments must address infrastructure deficiencies, protected area and land claim issues, and regulatory duplication

How Canada’s North can fulfill its great mining potentialBy Ashley Stedman and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Mining investors are eyeing all three territories in Canada’s North, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining companies. For the first time in more than five years, all three territories are among the top 15 most attractive regions for mining investment worldwide. But territorial…

Saskatchewan among best mining investment sites worldwide

But Alberta's ranking continues to slip in the latest Fraser Institute report

Saskatchewan among best mining investment sites worldwideSaskatchewan is the world’s third most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment, while Alberta placed 51st in the latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies report released on Thursday by the public think-tank the Fraser Institute. “The mining survey – now in its 21st year – is the most comprehensive report card on government policy decisions that…

The lessons we can all learn from the brave women of the Congo

True power doesn’t rest with the violent, it lies with those of integrity and courage

The lessons we can all learn from the brave women of the CongoCanadian Gen. Romeo Dallaire stated, “At its heart, the Rwandan story is the failure of humanity to heed a call for help from an endangered people.” It would be nice to believe that the world learned its lesson in Rwanda, where nearly one million people were slaughtered in roughly 90 days as the world stood…

Canadian economy edges down in November

Conventional oil and gas extraction was down 2.2% as both crude petroleum and natural gas activity decreased

Canadian economy edges down in NovemberReal gross domestic product in Canada edged down 0.1 per cent in November, partly offsetting an increase of 0.3 per cent in October, reported Statistics Canada on Thursday. “Decreases in wholesale trade, finance and insurance, manufacturing and construction more than offset gains in 13 of 20 industrial sectors. Goods-producing industries were down 0.3 per cent,…

Canadian natural resource sector economic activity on the rise

The mineral and mining subsector drove the increase, led by potash

Canadian natural resource sector economic activity on the riseThe natural resource sector, including energy, saw the volume of economic activity grow in the third quarter of 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Thursday that real gross domestic product in the natural resource sector rose by one per cent in the quarter following a 1.4 per cent increase in the second…
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