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  • 12 Jul 2016 1:48 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary. As a founding province, Ontario is joining the celebration with new funding, events and programs. 

    There are three application-based Ontario150 grant programs. They include:

    • The Community Capital Program — a $25 million fund to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase access, improve safety and maximize community use (application period opens July 18 and closes September 14, 2016);
    • The Partnership Program — a $5 million program to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (application period opens July 6 and closes September 30, 2016);
    • And the Community Celebration Program —a $7 million fund to help communities celebrate this historic year (application period opens July 6 and closes September 2, 2016).

    For more information on how your community can participate, please visit: 

  • 11 Jul 2016 3:41 PM | Kerri Schuttel
    • Are your goods moving internationally? Have The Essentials With You

    Training in The Essentials offers you the awareness and knowledge needed to ensure your products travel safely and are protected while in transit to or from overseas. Make sure The Essentials are an integral part of your success in the international market.

    Available in 1.5-hour online webinars over two days from 1:00PM to 2:30PM EDT each day. Webinars are facilitated by industry practitioners with extensive and practical work experience. Register Online.

    Date                                                                      Webinar Title

    August 9-10, 2016                                                 Incoterms® 2010

    August 16-17, 2016                                               Transborder: Shipping to the USA

    November 8-9, 2016                                              Essentials of Exporting

    November 22-23, 2016                                          Letters of Credit

    December 6-7, 2016                                             Cargo Insurance

  • 11 Jul 2016 10:19 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have posted a Request for Proposal to update the Economic Development Strategic Plan on the website.

    The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry is the upper tier level of government consisting of six lower tier municipalities being the Township of North Stormont, Township of South Stormont, Township of North Dundas, Township of South Dundas, Township of North Glengarry and Township of South Glengarry. 

    For full details of the RFP due on July 28, 2016, please click here

  • 05 Jul 2016 11:51 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    **Courtesy of the Government of Canada**

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada today released the Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System, an annual report that provides historical data on the state of the sector.The report indicates that the Canadian agriculture and agri-food system is an integrated and competitive supply chain that continues to help drive the economy.

    This year's report, which provides data up to 2014, begins with a special feature on natural resources and the environment. It examines the impact of agriculture on the environment and quantifies greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by Canada's various economic sectors, including agriculture. It also addresses Canada's agricultural use of land and water resources.

    Full press release:

  • 04 Jul 2016 9:29 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are a celebration of success and an opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Ontario's tourism industry. 

    Jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, these awards are divided into three respective categories:

    1. Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

    2. Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence

    3. Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

    Don't miss this chance to showcase your amazing work!

    Click here to apply for an Ontario Tourism Award.

  • 04 Jul 2016 9:20 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Ontario is partnering with Staples Canada to showcase more than 500 young entrepreneurs who are part of the Summer Company program across the province. 

    The third annual Summer Company - Staples Youth Entrepreneurship Day offers Summer Company students the opportunity to showcase their summer businesses at 54 Staples locations in Ontario. This initiative helps young entrepreneurs promote their products and services to customers, getting real-time feedback and priceless business experience. 

    Summer Company is a unique program that helps young entrepreneurs start and run their own business over the summer. The program provides students aged 15-29 with hands-on business training, mentorship from local business leaders, and grants of up to $3,000 to turn their ideas into a business. 

    Supporting the next generation of job creators is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

    Full details available here.

  • 27 Jun 2016 2:38 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    Applications Open for Ontario's Connecting Links Program

    $25-Million Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

    June 27, 2016 1:30 P.M.


    Ontario is accepting applications for the next intake for the Connecting Links program for projects starting in spring 2017. 

    Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a border crossing. 

    The program was introduced last year to help municipalities repair their roadways and bridges. The province provided $20 million in 2016-17 to support 23 Connecting Link projects across Ontario. Funding for the Connecting Links program will increase to $25 million in 2017-18 and $30 million in the 2018-19 period and the following years.

    Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years for projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province. In 2015, the government announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

    Investing in Connecting Links is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.



    " Our Connecting Links program is one way we show our long-term commitment to Ontario’s rural and northern communities and to the families who live there. These highways are essential links in many communities, connecting people to jobs, managing local congestion and improving the economy and residents’ quality of life."
    - Steven Del Duca
    Minister of Transportation



    • Applications are due on October 21, 2016. Funding for the selected connecting link projects will begin in the spring of 2017.
    • There are about 350 kilometres of roads and 70 bridges along connecting links in 77 municipalities across Ontario.
    • Connecting Links funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million. The eligible costs are for the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting link infrastructure.



  • 23 Jun 2016 11:42 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    IEDC's Annual Conference - September 25-28, 2016 
    Join them in Cleveland, Ohio

    Catch a chance to save money on the early bird registration rate for IEDC's 2016 Annual Conference. This special rate expires on July 15. That's less than a month away. IEDC's Annual Conference provides content, networking opportunities, and professional development. You'll be in attendance with over 1,500 of your peers for this event in Cleveland, Ohio September 25 - 28, 2016. 

    Special Canadian Rate + Early Bird Rate = Big Savings 
    As a Canadian-based attendee, you have a special registration rate that places the Canadian dollar (CAD) on par with the United States dollar (USD). For instance, $720 USD will be charged at $720 Canadian Dollar. To receive this special rate, register online and enter coupon code "ANNUAL16" at checkout. The on par pricing only applies to registration. Additional events and educational tours are in USD. Be sure to take advantage of this on par pricing as after July 15 the registration rate increases by $140 CAD. 

    Save even more. Bring a delegation of five or more and save $160 each. Contact IEDC to learn more. 

  • 23 Jun 2016 9:25 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    On May 10, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry released proposed changes to four land use plans: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

    The province is seeking feedback on the proposed changes until September 30, 2016. 12 public open houses were planned across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Niagara Escarpment Plan Area to provide an opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes to the four plans. If you haven’t already, you are invited to attend one of the remaining public open houses: 





    Thursday June 23, 2016,

    Durham College – Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre
    21 Avenue of Champions


    Monday June 27, 2016,

    Toronto Reference Library
    789 Yonge Street


    Tuesday June 28, 2016,

    Evinrude Centre
    911 Monaghan Road

    Owen Sound

    Tuesday July 5, 2016, 5-8pm

    Bayshore Arena
    1900 3rd Avenue East


    Thursday July 7, 2016, 5-8pm

    Oakville Town Hall
    1225 Trafalgar Rd

    A star (*) indicates Public Open Houses where French language materials will also be displayed.

    Ministry staff will be on site to answer questions about the proposed changes to the plans. No registration is required.

    If you have a personal accommodation requirement, please contact them by email at or telephone at 1-800-665-1120 at least three days in advance of the Public Open House that you plan to attend.

    Please visit their website at  to find Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a guide to proposed changes to the land use plans and the four proposed revised plans. Information on how to provide input, as well as the dates and locations of public open houses can be found on our website.  

  • 21 Jun 2016 9:59 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Ontario Launches New Social Enterprise Strategy

    Ontario has launched a new five-year strategy that will help social enterprises grow their businesses, enter new markets and create jobs, while addressing complex social and environmental challenges.

    Ontario's Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2021 sets out significant commitments in three key areas:

    • Equipping social enterprises with solid business fundamentals
    • Connecting social enterprises to markets and capital to grow and scale
    • Demonstrating the value of social enterprise and social finance to investors, government, and communities 

    Ontario will invest more than $6 million in the first year of this renewed strategy. The province will leverage Ontario's existing entrepreneurship infrastructure, impact investment capital, and a growing market opportunity to support social enterprises. Some of the feature initiatives include: 

    • Integrating specialized social entrepreneurship supports, such as impact measurement, into mainstream entrepreneurship programs, such as those offered through the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs
    • Developing a Social Enterprise Procurement Action Plan to increase the Ontario government's procurement from social enterprises
    • Designing a new Social Venture Investment Fund to accelerate the flow of private investment capital to growing social enterprises
    • Establishing an Impact Measurement Task Force to build consensus on uniform impact measurement standards for social enterprises
    • Piloting one or more Social Impact Bonds to improve social outcomes
    • Establishing a Centre of Excellence in Social Enterprise and Social Finance to help government leverage social enterprises and social finance as tools to achieve policy objectives 
    Full press release available here.
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