During his visit to India, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced on February 20 that 66 partnerships have been established by Indian and Canadian companies or organizations.
These contracts, worth over $1 billion, will involve Indian companies investing up to $250 million in Canada and lead to over 5,800 jobs being created for Canadians, according to a news release from the Canadian government.
Among the announcements were several Vancouver-related businesses or schools, primarily in the fields of technology, education, health, and research.
Vancouver's VeloMetro Mobility has signed an technology, manufacturing, and licensing agreement with SP Sanjay and Sons to launch their initial fleet of electric vehicles in India and potentially throughout South Asia.
In partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Langara College established a three-year $80,000 deal with Optimus Information in Noida, India, to create a four-month job placement pilot program for the college's computer science and business students.
Under an agreement with India's National Remote Sensing Centre, Vancouver-based MDA will provide the Indian Space Research Organization with satellite data from RADARSAT-2 for monitoring disasters, supporting rescue operations during rainy seasons and flooding, and for agricultural monitoring.
Canadian national non-profit Mitacs, in partnership with India's Ministry of Human Resource Development and the World Bank, announced a three-year, $3.5 million agreement that will support research exchanges between four Canadian post-secondary institutions, including Vancouver's University of British Columbia (UBC) and Burnaby's Simon Fraser University (SFU), and Indian technology institutes. Under the agreement, UBC will offer 10 inbound and 30 outbound student research internship awards while SFU and Mitacs will offer 10 inbound and 10 outbound research internships.
Meanwhile, UBC and Hyderabad's T-Hub will establish a market-access bridge for growth-stage companies from both countries to enter Canadian and Indian markets.
UBC–based India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) and the Vancouver-based Rick Hansen Institute will partner with the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre and the All India Institute of Medical Science on a project to develop and commercialize technology that help people with secondary complications from spinal cord injuries.
In the field of entertainment, the Vancouver Film School will be opening a campus in Mumbai, India, in July and will also launch 36 scholarships to become available for Indian students.
Trudeau's state visit to India concludes today (February 23), having begun on February 17.