Market Trends

2016 Outlook for the Canadian Manufacturing Industry

Following a profitable year in 2015, can Canada’s manufacturing industry continue to exceed expectations and repair economic damage caused by diminishing oil values? 2016 is shaping up to be a cautiously optimistic year for Canadian manufacturing. Led by a surging automotive industry, Canada has reasons for being hopeful that the

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The Top Trends in Canadian Business for 2016

2015 showed Canadian business owners and executives that uncertainty is the new ‘normal’ for operating a firm. With major shakeups in the Canadian economy, federal government, and international business factors, nothing can be taken for granted, and businesses must be willing to go beyond expectations to stay alive. Having reported

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Home Ownership as an Investment

In Canada, home ownership is widely seen as a key part of a long-term personal investment strategy. The 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) conducted by Statistics Canada reveals that 69% of households own their own homes (including both mortgaged homes and fully paid off).

Unfortunately, home purchase is not necessarily a

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Keeping a Competitive Future for Ontario’s Automotive Industry

An article recently published in The Hamilton Spectator identified the Ontario automotive sector as lacking leadership and on the verge of a decline. Although the Ontario industry was a top global contender, manufacturers of vehicles and automotive components in Ontario are facing downward pricing pressures from developing nations with low

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ICTC Partners with Microsoft to Develop Digital Talent Strategy

Technology’s ability to empower competitive businesses is essential in an increasingly globalized economy. Tracking the evolution of customers’ thoughts and behaviours, market competition, and other factors is a key element of business success and adaptability. To remain competitive into the future, Canadian businesses must have access to the tools and

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Waterloo-Based Tech Startup, Kik Reaches $1 Billion Valuation

Waterloo, Ontario-based social messaging application Kik has become one of three Canadian companies to be valued at $1 billion or more. This valuation comes after the company received an investment of $50 million (USD) from Chinese internet giant Tencent. With over 240 million registered users around the world, Kik has gained

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