The launch of a new program aimed at enhancing opportunities for Edmonton-area technology firms in China was celebrated by business leaders and politicians on Monday as yet another sign of Alberta’s capital becoming a major player on the global tech landscape.

On Monday, TEC Edmonton and TusStar announced a new six-month program, with residency in both countries, that will provide training and support in areas including language, intellectual property policy, regulatory issues and business etiquette for Edmonton-area firms looking to access the Chinese market and for Chinese firms looking to expand in Alberta.