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  • 2 days ago
    Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger will lead a week-long tourism trade mission to China to help Canadian companies take advantage of the Canada-China Year of Tourism as peak tourism season commences. Minister Chagger will lead a delegation of more than two dozen Canadian tourism companies, alongside provincial and territorial ministers and officials, to China from June 23 to...
  • 2 days ago
    Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a Student Direct Stream (SDS) to make processing times faster for students from China, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Students from those countries who can satisfy a series of criteria encompassing language skills and financial resources will benefit from faster processing times. Students who don’t satisfy the requirements of...
  • 2 days ago
    Vancouver, B.C.-headquartered Nxgold Ltd. has closed its previously announced non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of approximately C$4,270,525. The offering was upsized from C$1 million on June 1, 2018, due to strong demand. The net proceeds from the offering will primarily be used for exploration at the company's Mount Roe project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and...
  • 2 days ago
    Japan's Cabinet today adopted an economic plan that would allow more foreign workers as the rapidly aging country seeks to make up for its declining workforce. Under the plan, Japan would relax visa requirements in sectors facing severe labour shortages such as nursing care, agriculture, construction, and transport — new categories it would start accepting in addition to highly skilled...
  • 3 days ago
    Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne introduced legislation today in the House of Commons for the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP will provide Canadian exporters and investors across a broad range of sectors with preferential access to fast-growing markets in the Asia Pacific region, including...
  • 3 days ago
    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between India's state government of Maharashtra and the province of Quebec to increase economic co-operation, particularly in areas that include information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and Indigenous rights and inclusion. The pact was signed by Quebec premier Philippe Couillard and Maharashtra's chief minister Devendra...
  • 3 days ago
    Maersk Line, the global container division and the largest operating unit of the Maersk Group, a Danish business conglomerate, is set to launch a new weekly all-water service from Asia to Eastern Canada. Maersk Line’s AE6 service will connect ports in China and Southeast Asia to its new Med/Montreal Express at its terminal in Algeciras, Spain. Maersk’s facility at Tanjung Pelapas, Malaysia, from...
  • 3 days ago
    Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) has signed a partnership agreement with Hiroshima City University and Kelo University in Tokyo. The new Hiroshima partnership will consist of a summer school offered through the Institute of Peace, while the Kelo partnership will further research in artificial intelligence. UQAM also invited Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui to deliver a keynote address at a...
  • 4 days ago
    Richmond, B.C.-headquartered Zecotek Photonics Inc. has received a purchase order of US$5 million for its patented LFS scintillation crystals through a distribution partner in China. The crystals will be used for positron emission tomography (PET) medical scanning equipment. Zecotek has established a strong foothold in China by creating distribution partnerships, building a local sales team, and...
  • 4 days ago
    Ottawa-headquartered Avivagen Inc. has signed a distribution agreement for its OxC-beta livestock feed in Thailand with the Feed and Ingredients Technology Hub (FAITH), a member of the BIS Group of Companies. The agreement covers Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and allows FAITH to immediately distribute in Thailand as well as Myanmar and Cambodia, as both...
  • 4 days ago
    Vancouver, B.C.-headquartered Bluebird Battery Metals Inc. has entered into a binding letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 100 per cent of the rights, title, and interest in the granted exploration licences of the Ashburton cobalt project located 100 km southwest of Paraburdoo, Western Australia, from Peter Gianni, a partner with Western Australian regional real estate agency John Matthew & Sons...
  • 5 days ago
    A new business incubator that will facilitate access to the Chinese market for Alberta technology innovators opened its doors today in Edmonton. The TEC Edmonton-TusStar Accelerator Exchange, a partnership between the University of Alberta (U of A) and Tsinghua University, offers training and support to break down business and cultural barriers – including language, intellectual property policies...
  • 5 days ago
    Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee Food Corporation plans to open 100 stores in Canada within the next five years as part of its North American expansion plan. Jollibee entered the Canadian market in 2016, and has since opened two Winnipeg locations and a Scarborough, Ontario outlet. The chain, which serves such fare as spaghetti in a sweet sauce, crispy chicken, burgers, and peach mango pies and...
  • 5 days ago
    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is proud to announce the launch today of a special episode in The Youth Element podcast series on East Asia’s millennials by post-graduate research fellow Justin Kwan and guest host Erin Williams, an APF Canada Program Manager. “Talking Asia with Canadian Millennials” is the eighth episode in The Youth Element series that explores questions of culture,...
  • 6 days ago
    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is putting approximately US$600 million into Ant International Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Chinese technology company Ant Financial Services Group (Ant). Since its 2004 launch of Alipay, a third-party mobile and online payment platform, Ant has built a platform to bring secure, transparent financial services to people and businesses globally. As of...
  • 6 days ago
    Australia's IFM Investors (IFM) and Canada's British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) have acquired stakes in GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT), which is part of the portfolio of Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Following the transaction, IFM will own 37.5 per cent in the container terminal operator while BCI will acquire a 25 per cent interest. Ontario Trust will...
  • 6 days ago
    Chinese company CITIC Metal Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese state-owned enterprise CITIC Ltd., has agreed to acquire a 19.9 per cent stake in Vancouver, B.C.-headquartered Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. for C$723 million. The mining company intends to use the new funds for the development of its projects in southern Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under the deal, CITIC Metal will...
  • June 8, 2018
    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) today announced the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which is available to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Students from those countries who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada will benefit from faster processing times....
  • June 8, 2018
    Guelph, ON-headquartered Current Water Technologies Inc., a technology company applying its patented and proprietary technologies to the treatment of waste water and desalination water and drinking water contaminated by metals or nutrients, completed a June 2018 trade mission to Hebei province and Beijing, China. The delegation met with: the Governor of Hebei Province; the Mayor of Shijiazhuang,...
  • June 8, 2018
    Now in its seventh year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival, organized by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC), showcases Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences, and the Japanese Film Academy. Programming addresses popular genres such as historical and contemporary dramas, comedies and action,...

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