For Immediate Release

January 20th, 2016

Mayor Crombie Prepares for Indian Trade Mission with Premier Wynne

Mississauga – I look forward to joining Premier Kathleen Wynne as part of the delegation that will undertake an economic development trade mission to India, Mayor Crombie said.

The January 2016 Ontario Business Mission to India will include seminars, networking opportunities and meetings with private and public-sector leaders in the major Indian cities of New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

“Mississauga is home to a significant Indian diaspora and we have the potential to open our City to a great deal of Indian investment,” Mayor Crombie said, citing that nearly 15% of Mississauga’s new Canadian community were born in India. Over 15,000 speak Punjabi, a common language of India.

Mayor Crombie said “Mississauga is also home to a number of Indian-based businesses, including:  Air India, Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Canada, the State Bank of India Canada and Wipro Technologies.

“I single out these four companies as examples, because each is an important part of Mississauga’s four key industry sectors, which include: information and communications technology, financial services, life sciences and automotive and aerospace.”

“In fact, Mississauga is home to the second largest aerospace cluster in Canada and the second largest life sciences cluster as well,” Mayor Crombie added.

In June Mayor Crombie formally welcomed then Indian Consul General Akhilesh Mishra to Mississauga for discussions with members of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office (EDO). Mayor Crombie and EDO have also held ongoing meetings with the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, Mayor Crombie launched the Mississauga International Partnership Program Committee (MIPP) – a new working group committed to leveraging Mississauga’s diversity with the goal to attract and retain foreign-direct investment

Mayor Crombie concluded “Through our active participation during the Ontario Business Mission to India, we will further promote economic development opportunities, the exchange of knowledge and best practices, and celebrate a far greater appreciation and understanding of Canada and India’s enriching cultural traditions and shared values.”