On Thursday, August 31 2018, the new Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade visited Communitech in the Waterloo Region, making a stop at Local Line along the way. Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey, was making his first visit to the region since the election of the Doug Ford government last June, and said that he found the degree of talent and innovation in the region to be “overwhelming.”
Local Line was selected as one of the businesses to be introduced to the Minister in the community. Minister Wilson was impressed with the innovative program of providing ecommerce services to farmers and food producers globally after receiving a demo of the software. Local Line allows food producers to interact with their customers directly – instead of communicating with various third parties.
When commenting on the tech sector in the Waterloo Region to Communitech News, Wilson exclaims: “We’re going to learn from this sector in this geographical area, because you’re way ahead of where government is. If we’re going to be truly open for business [as a province] we need to learn from many of the fairly young, bright minds here that have started companies [and] been successful.”
Exciting news for Ontario-born companies such as Local Line, that the government is hoping to better support the future and prosperity of the tech industry in Canada.
“Ontario is open for business”.
For more on Minister Wilson’s visit, click here.