BMO: Canadian Businesses Stand to Benefit from Federal Budget

BMO: Canadian Businesses Stand to Benefit from Federal Budget 
Budget extends support to Manufacturing, Skills Training 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/13 -- Today's federal
budget, released today by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, provides new
support for manufacturing, skills training and infrastructure,
according to BMO Commercial Banking. 
Key initiatives include: 

--  Support for manufacturing: $1.4 billion, two-year extension of the
    accelerated capital cost allowance. 
--  $920 million in renewed funding for the Economic Development Agency for
    Southern Ontario. 
--  Canada Job Grant. To help address skills shortages, Ottawa is
    introducing this grant, where they will pick up a third of the $15,000
    available per person for training (along with the provinces and
--  Infrastructure funding of about $5 billion per year maintained for next

"The extension of the accelerated capital cost allowance, in
conjunction with the continuing strength of the Canadian dollar,
gives manufacturers the opportunity to invest in their operations and
improve productivity," said Steve Murphy, Senior Vice President,
Commercial Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Combined with the Canada
Job Grant and infrastructure funding, this budget is good news for
Canadian business. We congratulate the Minister for his efforts to
support Canadian firms." 
Mr. Murphy encouraged businesses to get their share of the $10
billion in credit BMO has made available, giving them access to the
capital they need to grow. 
About BMO Financial Group  
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a
highly diversified North American financial services organization.
With total assets of $542 billion as at January 31, 2013, and more
than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
Media Contacts:
Matt Duffin, Toronto
(416) 867-3996 
Ronald Monet, Montreal
(514) 877-1873 
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596 
Twitter: @BMOmedia
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