National Post



Alberta’s minister of economic developmen­t and trade Deron Bilous was in California last week with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Calgary Economic Developmen­t president Mary Moran to woo tech companies north. “I can tell you companies were very interested to hear what Alberta and Calgary have to offer,” Bilous says. “We have a very talented pool, we’re the youngest province, fastest growing province, we have the most competitiv­e tax regime, no payroll ( tax), no PST, no health care premiums. We’ve got a quality of life that’s second to none and one of our best selling features at the moment is affordabil­ity.” Another huge competitiv­e advantage is proximity: “They love that, versus, say, Ontario cities, which are much further from the valley.” The partnershi­p between the province and the city is another strong incentive. “Because competitio­n is fierce, we needed to be down there,” Bilous says. “I will be back there in two months, and we’re going to continue to have a presence on the ground there.”

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