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  • 15 Jun 2016 8:52 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Nominations for the 2017 – 2019 term of the EDCO Board of Directors are now being accepted. There are 4 vacancies to be filled.

    To be eligible, the nominated member must be an active member in good standing that has consented to allow his/her name to stand. Four active members in support are required on the nomination form.

    Elections will take place by electronic ballots. Successful candidates will be announced at EDCO’s 60th Annual Conference and Showcase to be held at the Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre in Toronto, Ontario February 7-9, 2017. Nominations are due by September 16, 2016.

    Remember, your Council is only as good as the participation of its members. Let your name stand for election!

    Download the Nomination Form

  • 14 Jun 2016 8:54 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Premier Kathleen Wynne today (June 13, 2016) announced changes to her cabinet that will help deliver on her government's top priority to create economic growth and good jobs.

    At the halfway mark of the government's mandate, Premier Wynne has chosen a strong team to implement her government's ambitious, activist agenda. The cabinet named today at Queen's Park represents continuity in several key portfolios, ten ministers taking on new roles and seven new members.

    Women now make up 40 per cent of cabinet, reflecting the Premier's commitment to take steps toward gender parity. Women make up 50 per cent of the Priorities, Delivery and Growth cabinet committee, responsible for tracking government priorities and steering the government's four-part economic plan.

    Deb Matthews remains Deputy Premier and, as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, will lead Ontario's transition to a knowledge-based economy. Mitzie Hunter takes on the role of Minister of Education, preparing our youngest learners for success. Together, Matthews and Hunter will focus on building the highly skilled workforce that is key to Ontario's future economic success.

    Matthews also becomes Ontario's first Minister Responsible for Digital Government. In this new role, she will help Ontario become a North American leader in accelerating how citizens engage and interact with government through the power of digital technology. 

    Charles Sousa remains Minister of Finance, continuing to focus on the strong fiscal management that is keeping the government on track to balance the budget next year, in 2017-18, while supporting critical public services. Liz Sandals becomes President of the Treasury Board, with a mandate to deliver on the government's program spending objectives, as laid out in the annual Budget. 

    Indira Naidoo-Harris becomes Associate Minister of Finance responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, designed to close the retirement savings gap for millions of workers.

    Michael Chan will lead Ontario's first stand-alone Ministry of International Trade, reflecting the province's commitment to create jobs and growth through strong global trade partnerships.

    Bob Chiarelli becomes Minister of Infrastructure. The Ministry of Infrastructure is now a stand-alone ministry, responsible for the implementation of the province's historic $160 billion investment in roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Dr. Eric Hoskins remains Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and will continue to implement Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. Recognizing the integration of long-term care within the Action Plan, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will have full carriage of the province's integrated health care system.

    Glenn Thibeault becomes Minster of Energy, committed to building a safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy system.

    Laura Albanese becomes Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, focusing on the province's immigration strategy and refugee resettlement program. 

    The government's economic plan is working. At the halfway mark of 2016, indicators and forecasts show that Ontario's economy is continuing to grow and create jobs. Ontario's economy is forecast to remain among the strongest in Canada. In 2015, the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level since 2008. The minimum wage increased and average wages grew faster than inflation. The province attracted half of all venture capital in Canada.

    Ontario high school graduation rates are now more than 85 per cent and postsecondary enrolment continues to climb. 

    Last year the province announced support for more than 325 infrastructure projects across all regions, which are helping to create good jobs. Year-over-year, the province continues to create jobs, most of which are full-time and in above-average wage industries. 

    The government's four-part economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs includes investing in talent and skills, including 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 investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and 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.

    **This press release originally appeared at**

  • 13 Jun 2016 10:28 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Conference Planning Committee, we have a theme for our 2017 Conference! Ontario's Economy: Driven by Innovation is a theme that supports our futuristic vision for EDCO. We look forward to sharing more conference details with you over the coming months! 

    Our 2017 Conference will be held at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.

  • 13 Jun 2016 9:16 AM | Kerri Schuttel


    There are many reasons to attend the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference. Here are ten - and these are only the beginning. 

    1. Make Connections with 1,500 Of Your Peers

    From networking receptions, to sessions, to the bustling halls, this conference has numerous opportunities to meet and network with 1,500 people from around the world who are involved with economic development.

    2. Exclusive International Dinner and Social Hour

    IEDC likes to provide thanks to our international-based attendees with an exclusive appreciation dinner Sunday evening of the conference. Sign-up today to join this complimentary dinner and social hour, an annual favourite. 

    3. Special Canadian Discounted Registration - Save over $160USD

    As a Canadian-based attendee, you have a special registration rate that places the CAD on part with the USD. For instance, $720USD will be charged at $720 Canadian Dollar. To receive this special rate, register online and enter coupon code ANNUAL16 at checkout. The on par only applies to registration, and additional events and tours are in USD.

    4. Save even more money by bringing colleagues

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

    5. Boost your Knowledge - Choose From Over 60 Learning Labs, Sessions, and Luncheons

    Check out the information packed program for where you will find multiple learning opportunities for cutting edge trends, case-studies, and knowledge that you can take back and replicate in your service area.

    6. Join Learning Tours for Live Case Studies

    Join one of the many tours offered to visit businesses, neighbourhoods, and organizations in Cleveland for a unique learning opportunity. 

    7. Hear From Speakers From Around The World

    There will be over thirty international-based speakers from around the globe ready to share their knowledge. Check out the speakers from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Turkey, and more.

    8. Meet IEDC's International Partners

    The conference brings together IEDC network from around the globe. Join the conference to meet representatives from IEDC's International Partners, including: 

    -Economic Development Australia

    -Hong Kong Trade Development Council

    -Economic Developers Association of Canada

    -The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies

    -European Association of Development Agencies

    -Center for Local Economic Development (CENLED)

    -And multiple Canadian Provincial Associations

    9. Explore Cleveland and It's Rocking Attitude

    Cleveland, Ohio is like no place you have visited before. This Lake Erie bordered city has an inspirational story with its rebirth through reinvestment in institutions, infrastructures, and relationships. Cleveland offers thousands of arts, culture, food and brewery opportunities ready for you to explore.

    10. Catch the early bird registration rate.

    You must not wait. Sign-up today. Register before July 15 to take advantage of the early-bird registration and make the most of your special international discounted registration rate.

    Whether learning from the hundreds of expert speakers, networking at the international dinner, or connecting with over 1,500 professional in-between sessions, this year's conference is an exciting opportunity for economic developers. See you in September!

  • 08 Jun 2016 3:28 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    On Monday, the Ontario Government announced that, commencing July 1, 2016, there will be some significant changes to the Customer Service Standard under the AODA. 

    The first concerns the definition of a large organization. Up to now, under the Customer Service Standard, an organization was considered large if it had 20+ employees. This was in contrast to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) which defined a large organization as being one with 50+ employees. As of July 1st onwards, organizations with 50+ employees will be considered large under the Customer Service Standard, as well as the IASR.

    Secondly, under the previous accessible customer service standard, you only had to train the members of your organization who worked with customers or create policies and procedures on how to interact with people with different disabilities.

    Effective July 1, 2016, you must train all members of your organization on accessible customer service and how to interact with people with different disabilities.

    The training requirement with respect to the other accessibility standards under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation remains the same.  This means that you must continue to train all staff on:

    o    employment

    o    information and communications

    o    transportation

    o    design of public spaces

    • the Ontario Human Rights Code (where it relates to people with disabilities)
    • when you make any changes to your accessibility policies
    The final amendment concerns service animals. The government has expanded the list of professionals authorized to provide documents indicating the need for a service animal. Doctors and nurses were originally the only ones allowed to provide such authorization, but the list now includes psychologists, psychotherapists, audiologists, chiropractors and optometrists.

    Useful tools: Government of Ontario- Link to quick reference guide explaining the changes to the accessible customer service standard

    Information on the Government of Ontario website outlines the complete requirements for the customer service standard, including the changes that take effect July 1:

  • 03 Jun 2016 8:28 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) was in Sault Ste. Marie recently to sign a historic agreement to increase cooperation and coordination in support of manufacturers. The agreement sets out terms for greater collaboration with the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) which provides leadership to enhance the professional development of its members; advance economic development as a profession and support our municipalities in fostering economic prosperity in the province of Ontario.

    The event was also a chance to explore the challenges that face manufactures in the north as well as opportunities to be build capacity to help these companies to grow.

    CME is in town to also promote the Smart Productivity Assessment Program. Through FedNor's Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario, the SMART Productivity Assessments program was created to assist and support Northern Ontario manufacturers improve their operations. Under this program, CME can contribute 50 percent of the eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 to help companies identify opportunities in the areas of product and process improvements, quality, lean manufacturing, information systems, human resources, management systems, and market analysis.

    For more information contact Paul Clipsham at

    This press release originally appeared on the CME Ontario website.

  • 03 May 2016 10:01 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    In a new blog post for, Jennifer Schnier (MAES, Ec.D(F), CEcD) argues that economic developers are overworked and under compensated. Can economic developers achieve a better work-life balance? Read the full article to find out!

    Excerpt: "The time has come to review traditional work hours and determine how the economic development professional can continue to meet the changing needs of our economy without burning out in the meantime. This is important to me because I hear of tensions in the workplace from the many colleagues I meet at various conferences for economic development. I knew this was not an isolated problem and wanted to provide some quantifiable context to the issue.  My theory is that administrators need to better understand the economic landscape to gain the necessary assurances that work can be completed by EDPs with increased levels of autonomy.   In my major research paper for the University of Waterloo’s Local Economic Development master’s program, I had the opportunity to build support for my theory and explore the barriers faced by EDPs in their work environment."

  • 02 May 2016 1:24 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Municipality of North Middlesex is seeking proposals for a qualified Consultant to work with Council, staff and the community to develop a comprehensive strategic plan. The Strategic Plan is to be both an integrated Council-Staff plan and a Community Plan that considers all aspects of the Municipality. For complete information please click here.

    Sealed proposals to be received by 10am EST on Friday, May 13, 2016 and addressed to:

    Marsha Paley, Chief Administrative Officer,

    Municipality of North Middlesex,

    PO Box 9, 229 Parkhill Main Street,

    Parkhill, ON N0M 2K0


  • 29 Apr 2016 7:45 AM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    Don't miss your opportunity to earn certification points while learning about the most requested topics requested by you, the members.  The EDCO Spring Symposium will take place May 18/19, 2016 in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie.  Porter Airlines has not only offered a generous discount by President and CEO Robert Deluce will be a guest speaker on May 18, 2016 wrapping up Day One of our event.   Air Canada has also provided a generous discount for travel to Sault Ste. Marie - check it out, it is more affordable than one realizes.  Room rates at the Delta Sault Ste. Marie are also very affordable and won't break your professional development budget.  Now is the time to connect with your Northern and Southern Ontario colleagues!  Click here for complete info - don't delay, register today!

  • 08 Mar 2016 10:12 AM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    EDCO is now accepting registrations for the first ever Spring Symposium taking place May 18-19, 2016 in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  For complete information click here

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