Fredericton receives honourable mention in Canada’s Best Locations for 2016

September 7, 2016

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For Immediate Release: September 7, 2016

FREDERICTON, N.B. - Fredericton receives honourable mention in Site Selection’s eighth annual Canada’s Best Locations awards and rankings.
In the September issue of Site Selection, the 2016 Canada’s Best Location rankings were based on April 2015 - March 2016 corporate end-user facility investment and job creation data, which is comprised of the publication’s proprietary Conway Projects Database, as well as the magazine’s own research.  Opportunities NB ranks second in the Canadian Competitiveness Rankings, awarded annually to the top-performing provincial economic agency, based on project data, regional partnership, proactive and innovative programming, and quality data and Web tools and resources.  Fredericton’s provincial counterpart, Moncton was named as one of Canada’s Best Locations in their rankings of Census Metropolitan Areas (Fredericton is a Census Agglomeration Area). 
Fredericton’s honourable mention is not without precedence having recently secured top place in the 2016 KPMG Competitive Alternatives study of Canadian/American locales, as well as the #1 Micro-City in North America for populations under 100,000 in fDi Magazine’s American Cities of the Future (2014).

2016 Canadian Competitiveness Rankings

  1. Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
  2. Opportunities NB
  3. Invest Québec

2016 Canada's Best Locations (alphabetical order)

  • Advantage Brantford
  • City of Hamilton Economic Development (Ont.)
  • London Economic Development Corporation (Ont.)
  • Greater Moncton Economic Development (New Brunswick)
  • Montréal International
  • Québec International
  • Invest Toronto
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (Ont.)
  • Economic Development Winnipeg (Manitoba)

2016 Canada's Best Locations Honorable Mention

  • Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
  • Enterprise Saint John (NB)
  • Ignite Fredericton (NB)
  • Halifax Partnership (Nova Scotia)
  • City of Mississauga Economic Development Office (Ont.)
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern BC)
  • Ontario East Economic Development Commission
  • Invest Ottawa
  • Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (Saskatchewan)
  • City of Surrey Business & Economic Development (BC)

Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 45,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection and its affiliated e-newsletters are also available via Site Selection Online. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Conway since 1954 has been a trusted advisor to corporations, government economic development and investment promotion agencies around the world. Conway owns and manages Conway Events; Berlin-based FDI Conway Advisory; and New York-based Conway PR & Marketing. Conway also manages the Industrial Asset Management Council. Conway in 2013 launched a Custom Publishing Division, and employs over 80 people in 10 offices in seven countries.

About Ignite Fredericton

Mission: Fuelling Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth!

Vision: Startup Capital of Canada

As the community economic development organization, Ignite Fredericton provides free and confidential business counselling and tools to help entrepreneurs start, grow or locate a business.  Core functions include:

Supporting Entrepreneurs

Attracting & Retaining Talent through Immigration, Student Retention & Repatriation.

Strengthening the Economic Development Ecosystem through Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships.

Media Contact:  Laurie Guthrie, Economic Development Specialist