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Alberta announces plan to open new U.S. trade offices in Chicago, Seattle, Denver

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Alberta is going to open more trade offices in the United States.

Doug Schweitzer, the minister for jobs, economy, and innovation, says the new offices will be set up in Denver, Seattle and Chicago.

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The Seattle and Chicago offices are to open on June 1, 2022, and will be co-located in Canadian consulates with the goal of expanding trade and economic partnerships.

The Denver office is to open sometime after that as space becomes available in the Canadian consulate in that city.

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Alberta already has trade offices in Washington D.C. and Mexico.

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Schweitzer says the new offices will boost business with some of Alberta’s largest trading partners.

“This expansion will also be instrumental in promoting trade opportunities for Alberta businesses and creating jobs for Albertans right here at home,” he said in

a release Thursday.

The U.S. is Alberta’s largest trading partner and Mexico is Alberta’s third-largest bilateral trading partner.

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