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  • 19 May 2017 11:31 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Ontario Helping Businesses Save Time and Money

    Province to Introduce Measures to Help Small Businesses and New Legislation to Cut Unnecessary Red Tape

    May 19, 2017 6:00 A.M.


    Ontario is working to make it easier for businesses to grow and create more jobs. 

    Proposed measures to help small businesses grow and cut red tape, to be introduced this fall, include:

    1. Reducing regulatory costs: Requiring all ministries to offset every dollar of new administrative costs to business, by removing $1.25 of old and unnecessary costs.
    2. Streamlining compliance for small business: Ensuring that undue burdens aren't placed on small businesses when new or amended regulations are introduced, while maintaining robust environmental, health and safety requirements and other public interest protections.
    3. International or national standards alignment: Increasing harmonization with other jurisdictions and adopting international or national standards, where appropriate, when developing or reviewing regulations.
    4. Rewarding good actors: Recognizing businesses that have a good compliance record and lowering their costs by reducing the requirements, such as the number of inspections, without compromising the environment health and safety, and other protections.
    5. Electronic transmission guarantee: Providing businesses the option to electronically submit any required documentation to the Government of Ontario instead of more costly paper submissions.
    6. Government procurement: Introducing a preferred procurement policy for small businesses that would help provide better access to government contracts.
    7. One-window service: Developing a new program that would help small businesses access support, information and resources by phone, online and in person.
    8. Reducing fees and other costs: Reviewing licence and registration fees paid with a goal of providing relief to small- and medium-sized businesses. 

    These proposed changes support Ontario's five-year, $650-million Business Growth Initiative that is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses. 

    Supporting businesses is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.



    " Cutting unnecessary red tape helps keep Ontario businesses competitive in a fast-changing global economy. These changes reflect our commitment to developing modern, evidence-based regulations that will save businesses and taxpayers both time and money."
    - Brad Duguid
    Minister of Economic Development and Growth

    " Small businesses are critical for vibrant main streets across Ontario. These business owners contribute by creating jobs and strengthening local economies. Supporting these business owners by streamlining their dealings with the province and providing new opportunities for growth will help Ontario prosper."
    - Jeff Leal
    Minister Responsible for Small Business



    • Ontario is committed to reducing business costs and burdens while maintaining a competitive tax environment. The government's recent business tax reforms have cut taxes and lowered compliance costs to encourage investment and job creation.
    • Ontario has introduced legislation that would, if passed, lower electricity bills by 25 per cent on average, with rates being held to inflation for four years. The proposed Fair Hydro Act, 2017, would result in lower electricity bills for all residential consumers and as many as half a million small businesses and farms, starting this summer.
    • Ontario’s 2016 Burden Reduction Report highlighted significant progress, featuring 26 initiatives across government and identified that the government’s burden reduction efforts have saved businesses a total of $122 million since 2011, surpassing the province’s goal to save businesses $100 million by 2017.
    • The Red Tape Challenge is part of Ontario’s five-year Business Growth Initiative.
    • Ontario will introduce legislation to implement recommendations from the Business Law Advisory Council to update and reform Ontario’s corporate and commercial law statutes, as well as reforms to reduce burden for not-for-profit corporations.



    This news release originally appeared here.
  • 16 May 2017 11:20 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Greetings from Thunder Bay where EDCO staff and delegates are attending our 2nd Annual Spring Symposium!

    We are excited to announce that EDCO has reached another membership milestone! This month, we surpassed 1000 members! 

    "Surpassing this important milestone demonstrates the importance of economic development in Ontario and the value that communities see in EDCO" stated Heather Lalonde, Chief Executive Officer for EDCO.

    In this, our 60th year, the EDCO Membership Committee selected a target goal to have 1000 members by the end of 2017 - a goal that has been already been surpassed. We are excited to have reached this milestone in our 60th year and look forward to serving each and every one of our members for years to come!

    We are proud to represent a diverse group of economic developers and related professionals from across the province and beyond. EDCO thrives on a healthy and engaged membership - that includes you! We are consistently looking to better serve our members and to support and enhance the economic development profession.

    If you have any staff you would like to add to your membership (for free!), contact us today!

  • 09 May 2017 9:05 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Registration for our 2nd annual Spring Symposium closes this Friday

    Join us May 16-18, and learn about Thunder Bay's approach to Cultural TourismEnjoy some of Thunder Bay's historical landmarks such as its newly development waterfront and Fort William Historical Park. Master OMAFRA's Analyst Tool and learn how to Build Business Diversification within Your Community. The final morning will feature a Northern Funders Forum to show you how to improve your funding proposal writing to secure additional monies to complement economic development initiatives.

    Earn 6 points towards EDAC's Ec.D Designation for attending our Spring Symposium! You can also earn 1 point toward the IEDC CEcD certification. 

    Register Now!

    Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!

  • 05 May 2017 8:33 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Don't miss your chance to earn 6 points towards your Ec.D. certification! 

    Registration for our second annual Spring Symposium closes next Friday. 

    Join us in Thunder Bay for two days of economic development programming including cultural tourism, economic development impact tools, business diversification and Northern funding opportunities. 

    Learn more about our Spring Symposium and register today!

    Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible. 

  • 04 May 2017 11:35 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    OTMPC Announces New Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

    May 2017

    The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is pleased to announce that Melanie Robert is the successful candidate in the open competition for the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer position with OTMPC.
    Melanie joined the Ontario Government in 2005 and has worked in a variety of progressive communications and marketing positions at Cabinet Office one of which was as the Communications Advisor supporting the Premier’s writing team. In 2008, she took on the role of Marketing Manager and managed many government campaigns and led the overhaul of Ontario’s visual identity and brand standards across government.
    In her recent role as Director, Marketing & Digital Strategy, Melanie has led breakthrough, award-winning campaigns including Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment campaign #WhoWillYouHelp, Ministry of Transportation’s Distracted Driving campaign #PutDownThePhone, the impactful and timely campaign for Ontario 150 and most recently parent and student campaigns for the new OSAP. One of Melanie’s proudest career moments is Ontario making the shortlist for 2015 Marketer of the Year – a first ever for the government.
    Melanie has proven herself to be an empathic and energetic leader who encourages collaboration and ideation as well as an experienced brand steward who is passionate about smart strategy and breakthrough creative.
    Before joining the Ontario government, Melanie worked for a non-profit organizations and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Melanie has an Honours BA from the University of Guelph, a Masters of Arts from the University of Toronto and a post-graduate certificate in Communications and Marketing from Sheridan College.
    Melanie joins the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation's team effective May 24, 2017.

  • 02 May 2017 12:13 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Originally published on Business Insider:

    The US Census Bureau releases annual statistics on international trade in goods (not services) at the state level. The agency's most recent release, covering data from 2015, includes a breakdown of the top countries each state exports to and imports from, as measured by total dollar trade value.

    For imports, China and Canada loom large. Twenty-three states import more goods from China than any other country, and 15 import the most from our northern neighbor:

    Image courtesy of Business Insider. 

    Exports tend to be more focused on North America. Thirty-six states export more goods to Canada than any other nation, while the four states that share a land border with Mexico send the lion's share of their exports there:

    Image courtesy of Business Insider. 

    Read full article.

  • 01 May 2017 11:11 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    May 14-20, 2017, marks the first annual Young Professionals Week in Canada, highlighting what is important to young professionals across the country, now and into the future. Together, our networks can educate the public about the importance and potential of young professionals Canada’s workforce, economic, social and cultural future.

    Want to get involved? Download the YPWeek Canada Package and the YPWeek Proclamation 2017.

    Young Professionals Week in Canada is a SHIFT Thunder Bay Young Professionals Network initiative in partnership with Young Professionals Network of Ontario. In 2015, SHIFT declared the first ever Young Professionals Week in Thunder Bay. In 2016, partnering with YPNO, YPWeekOntario was celebrated. 

  • 26 Apr 2017 1:37 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Early bird rates end TODAY (April 26) for our Spring Symposium in Thunder Bay, May 16-18, 2017. 

    Don't miss your chance to save $50! For full event details and to register, click here.

  • 24 Apr 2017 8:30 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    EDCO's Spring Symposium in Thunder Bay is now accredited by EDAC! Those in attendance will earn 6 points towards their Ec.D. designation. 

    Don't miss your chance to take this course at a discount - early bird rates end April 26, 2017. 

    Full event details and registration information.

  • 19 Apr 2017 8:41 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    The clock is running out on great early bird rates for our Spring Symposium

    Join us in Thunder Bay, May 16-18 and learn about:
    • Thunder Bay's newly redeveloped waterfront
    • Fort William Historical Park
    • Evidence-Based Decision Making: OMAFRA's Analyst Tool for Economic Development Professionals
    • Building Business Diversification within Your Community
    • Northern funding opportunities 

    Register before April 26 and save $50! If you have already registered, don't forget to book your hotel room. Our special rate at the Valhalla also ends April 26!

    Improve your skills and build your network by attending this don't miss event. 

    Register Now!
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