March 28, 2002

York Region secures funding to continue export development program to December 2002

NEWMARKET York Region's successful Export Development Initiative (EDI) will continue to be funded by Human Resources Development Canada to December 20, 2002.

Launched in 2000 by York Region's Economic Development office, the EDI assists small and medium-sized companies to increase their awareness of export opportunities and ability to address export issues.

"The EDI has been a valuable government program in reaching out and supporting economic growth in York Region," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch. "We look forward to achieving the same kind of success the initiative has enjoyed in the past two years."

In a recent survey of companies that participated in the program, 93% said the program and its resources had been of value. Respondents also said they increased their staff and export sales following participation in the program.

Last year, the Region's Export Advisors reached out to over 930 companies in the manufacturing, business services, Information Technology and wholesale trade sectors throughout York Region.

Part of the program includes a regular series of education and export training workshops. This spring, an International Logistics Seminar will take place on April 3rd at the Markham Civic Centre. A workshop on Cross-Cultural Awareness in International Business will be held on May 15th at the Richmond Hill Country Club.

For more information about the York Region Export Development Initiative and/or these seminars, contact Ellen Ma, Economic Development Co-ordinator, York Region, at

(905) 830-4444 or toll free at 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1509.

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The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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