Our diverse industrial base keeps our region’s engine running year-round. Our economy includes everything from large-scale industrial operations to a host of small businesses.
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Foreign Trade Zone
Saint John, New Brunswick is the 10th FTZ Point in Canada. Economic Development Greater Saint John (EDGSJ) has been designated as a single-point of access to information and facilitation services with respect to Government of Canada FTZ policies and programs.
WHAT IS A FOREIGN TRADE ZONE (FTZ) POINT?
A Foreign Trade Zone Point (FTZ Point) refers to a strategic location within Canada for international trade.
An FTZ Task Force, comprised of representatives from Municipal and Provincial Governments and several Federal departments, will serve as a behind-the-scenes facilitator for EDGSJ – with the goal of improving access to existing programs, and promoting Canada’s foreign trade zone advantage.
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New Brunswick firms, educational institutions and governments need to be more innovative to better compete in the modern, highly competitive global economy. Innovation is an important contributor to region’s economic development.
One of Saint John’s strengths is its rapidly-growing IT cluster, concentrated in the Uptown core. This initial success in IT has evolved into a desire to also develop complimentary cybersecurity solutions – one of Saint John’s newest key industry sectors.
Innovation in the Uptown tech world has started a movement to create our very own Innovation District, which will build upon previous successes and provide a means for businesses to grow.
Economic Development Greater Saint John is a huge proponent of innovation in business. Through our Catalyst Program, existing businesses can identify ways for their operations to grow, and positively impact our region’s economy.LEARN MORE
The simple act of co-locating with like-minded businesses can result in a critical mass of expertise, innovation and opportunity that creates a success cascade. Being a part of a cluster is so valuable that belonging becomes intrinsic to the brands of each participating company. It is the kind of magic that happens when the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
Clusters in the Saint John region include:
- Brick Park, our ICT cluster in Uptown Saint John
- Tucker Park Collaborative, our health sciences cluster at the UNB Saint John campus
- Grandview Industrial Park, home to the Irving Oil refinery and a cluster of trades and trade suppliers