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Press release: Attentive observer of the economic progress of Montreal, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal launches the On-line Trend Chart

Press release

Attentive observer of the economic progress of Montreal,
the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal launches
the On-line Trend Chart

Montreal, January 31, 2007 – The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is proud to announce today's official launch of its new information and economic-analysis tool – the On-line Trend Chart.  This new Web site will enable Montrealers to monitor the progress of the metropolis with the help of the principal economic indicators, comparative data, and interactive graphs, all regularly updated.

“To meet the needs of the business community in an accessible, user-friendly way, the Board of Trade has developed a new electronic tool providing the most up-to-date possible information concerning numerous economic indicators.  With just a few clicks of the mouse, Web surfers can access the latest data concerning the gross domestic product, the labour market, the construction industry, the real estate market, consumer purchasing power, and many others,” explained Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

“Our goal is to offer a site presenting an economic profile of the greater metropolitan area to support business people in their thinking and decision making.  The data assembled in the On-line Trend Chart is presented in a straightforward, easily accessible manner and accompanied by ad hoc analyses of the changing economic context.  This new tool thus complements the printed version of the Trend Chart which, in the fall, presents the growth prospects for the following year and, in spring, summarizes the results observed the previous year,” added Hudon.

The On-line Trend Chart has been developed with the support of its principal partner, Canada Economic Development, in association with Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions.

“From now on, enterprises in the Greater Montréal area will have a new support tool to help them take their place as major players in economic development. Canada's new government is extremely proud to support the Board of Trade's efforts to strengthen its reputation as an economic watchdog and commentator,” stated the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of Canada Economic Development.

“I am indeed pleased about the creation of a new tool that facilitates the consultation of economic data on the Greater Montréal area and also makes it possible to monitor day-to-day events in this field. I hope that the On-line Trend Chart will help to foster reflection and initiatives favourable to Greater Montréal's development,” Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions Nathalie Normandeau noted.

The Board of Trade invites you to visit the new Web site regularly ( to review the most recent economic updates for the metropolis.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants and businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is the largest private organization in Quebec dedicated to economic development.


Sylvie Paquette
Coordinator, Media relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015

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