Canada's International Trade Performance Fueled by Small Business Sector
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Oct 24, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
During Small Business Week(R)(1), the Certified General Accountants
Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) is pleased to recognize the
importance of Canada's small business sector, particularly in the
area of international trade.
"Canada's small businesses make a substantial contribution to
Canada's international trade performance, accounting for close to
half the value of Canada's exports," says Anthony Ariganello,
president and CEO of CGA-Canada. "The recently announced trade
agreement with the European Union presents further opportunities for
The export performance of Canada's small business sector is
summarized in a recent report by CGA-Canada, Canada's Global Trade
Agenda: Opportunities for SMEs. The report also details some of the
challenges SMEs face in growing and diversifying Canada's
"We are pleased that in the recent throne speech the federal
government pledged to address the needs of SMEs by providing tax
relief and cutting red tape," says Carole Presseault, vice-president
of government and regulatory affairs at CGA-Canada.
During the coming months, CGA-Canada will continue to consult with
export-oriented SMEs and other stakeholders. To learn more about
CGA-Canada's ongoing research and consultation project on growing and
diversifying Canadian SMEs' participation in international trade,
Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of
Canada serves Certified General Accountants and students in Canada
and nearly 100 countries. CGA-Canada establishes the designation's
certification requirements and professional standards, offers
professional development, conducts research and advocacy, and
represents CGAs nationally and internationally. CGA-Canada is
currently working with the Chartered Professional Accountants of
Canada (CPA Canada) to integrate operations under the CPA banner.
Unification will enhance the influence, relevance and contribution of
the Canadian accounting profession both at home and internationally.
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