Google Canada announced today that 5 Canadian cities have won a Google eTown Award.
Moncton, Dorval, Parry Sound, Canmore and Duncan are being recognized as Canada's leading towns embracing the digital economy.
At a time when the Internet is spurring economic growth, this new Google award is designed to recognize those towns where small businesses are investing in online tools and resources to find new customers, grow their business, and improve their operations.
"We're delighted to recognize the accomplishments of the small businesses embracing the web in each of these cities," said Chris O'Neill, Managing Director of Google Canada, "We know that the Internet is going to contribute massively to Canada's economic growth, so these eTown awards are designed to showcase those communities leading the way forward."
To highlight this vital economic activity, Google looked at thousands of cities and towns across Canada to identify one town in each of five regions that demonstrated strong engagement and potential for growth in the digital economy. With its online advertising service, Google AdWords, the Canada Get Your Business Online initiative, and products such as Google Apps for Business, Google works with businesses across Canada to help them succeed online.
Earlier this year, the Internet Economy in the G-20 report published by the Boston Consulting Group predicted that Canada's Internet economy will grow 7.4% annually through 2016, meaning businesses with an online presence will benefit most and contribute more to future Canadian economic growth.
At the same time, the Canada Get Your Business Online campaign has estimated that more than half of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses still lack a website, raising concerns that many SMBs could lose out unless they take steps to make their businesses accessible online and from mobile devices.
In recognition of their eTown status, Google Canada will be presenting the awards to each city during events throughout October. Local businesses will be invited to attend and meet Google experts who will be on hand to provide advice on growing your business online.