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NWOEconomicZone-Finaldraft

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Published by James Murray
Final Draft of the NWO Economic Zone report
Final Draft of the NWO Economic Zone report

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Published by: James Murray on Jan 11, 2012
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Final Draft Report
January 2012
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3
 
1
 
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION 10
 
1.1
 
History and Background 10
 
1.2
 
Strategic Issues 11
 
1.3
 
Approach and Method 14
 
1.4
 
Other Investigations 14
 
2
 
SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS 14
 
2.1
 
Current Situation 15
 
2.1.1
 
Historical Perspective 15
 
2.1.2
 
Economic Growth and Employment Trends by Sectors 18
 
2.1.3
 
Demographic Trends 20
 
2.1.4
 
Political Spectrum and Dynamics 26
 
2.1.5
 
Economic and Business Cycles 27
 
2.1.6
 
Provincial Decision Making Analysis 29
 
3
 
OVERVIEW / REVIEW 31
 
3.1
 
Critical Economic Development Issues and Success Factors 32
 
Regional Development Issues 32
 
3.1.1
 
Common Identity 32
 
3.1.2
 
Geographical Dispersion 33
 
3.1.3
 
Political and Economic Integrated Vision 33
 
Economic Development Issues 34
 
3.1.4
 
Taxes 34
 
3.1.5
 
Labour Availability and Costs 38
 
3.1.6
 
Land and Site Location 39
 
3.1.7
 
Cost of Energy and Reliability of Supply 39
 
3.1.8
 
Business Incentives 41
 
3.1.9
 
Infrastructure 42
 
3.1.10
 
Regional Diversity and Sub-Regions 44
 
3.2
 
Competitive Analysis 48
 
3.2.1
 
Thunder Bay and Regional Districts 48
 
3.2.2
 
Northwestern Ontario 49
 
3.2.3
 
The Rest of the Province of Ontario and Canada 49
 
3.2.4
 
Regional Competitive Advantage 51
 
3.2.5
 
Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability 55
 
4
 
REGIONAL CONSULTATION AND ENGAGEMENT 57
 
4.1
 
Introduction 57
 
4.2
 
Regional Strengths and Opportunities 58
 
4.3
 
Regional Weaknesses and Threats 60
 
4.3.1
 
Regional Issues 60
 
4.3.2
 
Strategy in the Global Environment 61
 
4.4
 
Intended and Emergent Strategies 61
 
4.5
 
Organizational Design and Structure 62
 
4.5.1
 
Mandate and Functional Authority 63
 
 
2
4.6
 
Best Practices 64
 
4.6.1 Key Findings 66
 
4.6.2 Key Planning Principles 68
 
4.7
 
Vision and Mission Statement 68
 
4.8
 
Policies and Programs 68
 
5
 
ACTION PLAN 69
 
5.1
 
Marketing the Regional Plan 69
 
5.2
 
Communication Strategy 69
 
5.3
 
Leveraging Resources 70
 
5.4
 
Performance Indicators and Timelines 71
 
5.5
 
How to Measure Success 72
 
5.6
 
Maintaining Momentum 73
 
6
 
FRAMEWORK AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN 74
 
6.1 Background and Introduction 74
 
6.1.1 Goals and Objectives 74
 
6.1.2 Proposal 74
 
6.1.3 Key Findings 75
 
6.2 Regional Economic Development Area 75
 
6.3 Guiding Principles 81
 
6.4 Mandate and Functional Authority 82
 
6.5 Proposed Model and Process 86
 
6.6 Strategic Partnerships 86
 
6.7 Performance Evaluation and Assessment Model 87
 
6.8 The Northwestern Ontario REDA Model 89
 
6.9 Organizational Structure Model 90
 
6.9.1 Structure of the REDA Board 92
 
6.10 Functional Areas of Responsibility 97
 
6.11 Funding and Organizational Requirements 98
 
6.11.1 Funding 98
 
6.11.2 Accountability Agreement 100
 
6.11.3 Implementation Plan 100
 
7
 
CONCLUSION 107
 
REFERENCES 108
 
 APPENDICES 111
 
Appendix A
 –
Key Community Survey/Interview Questions 112
 
Appendix B
 –
Schedule of Meetings and Interviews 113
 
Appendix C
 –
Reports on Pre-Summit Consultation 116
 
Appendix D
 –
Aboriginal Engagement and Information Gathering 125
 
Appendix E
 –
Competitive Advantage by Economic Sectors 139
 
Appendix F
 –
Comparison of Canadian Hydro Rates 141
 
Appendix G
 –
Review of NWO Strategic, Official and Economic Plans 147
 
Appendix H
 –
Review of Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Economic Strategies 155
 
LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES 163
 

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