Our Kanata-Carleton Business Community is RemarkablePublished on March 21, 2019
The March MPP column in Our Community Voice
Our Community Voice, March 21, 2019 -- With Kanata North and our greater Kanata-Carleton business community, we have an important business asset that enriches our community, providing attractive jobs that sustain many, many families who chose to live in Kanata-Carleton. Through the past 8 months, I have made it a point of meeting with local employers, employees, and business associations to talk about the challenges we are facing in our business community. I have toured companies and listened to business owners and entrepreneurs in Kanata and West Carleton. I have also hosted business round tables, including one at Mitel that specifically looked at challenges with our local high tech industries.
Our local business community is quite remarkable – and I have found that Kanata North is a well-kept secret to many outside of Ottawa. I would like to commend the Kanata North Business Association, which has done a good job of quantifying the significance of Canada’s largest high tech business park. In its 2018 Economic Impact Analysis, the KNBA reports that Kanata-North contributes $13 billion to Canada’s GDP. Through the last three years Kanata North revenue contributions to government are up 47% federally, 40% provincially, and 16% municipally. The business activity in Kanata North contributes more than 23,000 jobs locally and another 10,000+ jobs in other areas of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. This is a very important footprint for our Region and for the Province.
Aside from leading international corporations in the economic sectors of Information & Communications Technology and Software, Kanata North hosts emerging sectors such as Cleantech and Life Sciences. Also, there is the exciting autonomous-vehicle activity spearheaded by BlackBerry QNX’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre.
As a physician, I am also excited about the companies and medical associations forging innovations in health care and new developments with digital health care – such as those activities taken up by Digital Health North. It is tremendous that our local business and medical communities are playing a key role in advancing this Canadian innovation.
Other technology hubs in Canada have celebrated their story — Toronto, Waterloo, Montreal and Vancouver all have promoted their high tech industries. It is time for Kanata North to boast of its impressive character – not only a dynamic tech hub and welcoming business networks, but also a beautiful, affordable community in which to live and raise a family. It is time to profile our business community so that we might create new opportunities and attract new talent, new business, and new investment. On this point, if your company and place of business wishes to meet with me to discuss this further, please let my staff know. I would welcome the opportunity to visit your place of business! It is time to tell our remarkable Kanata-Carleton story.