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  • 30 Nov 2015 12:40 PM | Deleted user

    Don’t miss out on this chance to learn how your community can be ready to take advantage of investment and trade opportunities in the food and beverage industry.

    EDCO is pleased to promote this opportunity at the EDCO conference.  Investment attraction & trade consultants from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will be available to meet with communities and economic development members to discuss investment & trade opportunities in Ontario’s food and beverage industry.

    OMAFRA consultants are scheduling 45-minute consultations to share strategies and discuss approaches to successful business attraction and trade within the food processing sector.  Consultations need to be booked in advance and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Topics of discussion will include (not limited to):

    • OMAFRA’s new trade and investment program (U.S. & EU Markets)
    • Food processing Industry overview
    • Understanding the opportunities for growth
    • Defining your outreach strategy
    • Defining your value proposition

    Consultations will be scheduled on:

    Tuesday, February 2: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (time slots)

    Wednesday, February 3:  9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. (time slots)

    To book your meeting, or if you have any questions, contact Bill Harvie at or phone 519-826-4405.

    For more information on food and beverage investment in Ontario, please see OMAF and MRA’s Food & Beverage Investor.

  • 26 Nov 2015 10:28 AM | Deleted user

    Ryerson University today announced that it has formed a new collaboration with Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation (PELA CFDC), First Stone Venture Partners (FSVP), and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) to promote research and technological innovation, attract and accelerate start ups and advance economic development in Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties and the Eastern Ontario Region broadly.

    The collaboration brings together the expertise of Ryerson in entrepreneurship and its support of company creation, as well as leading research into bridging the gap between innovation and adoption with Eastern Ontario’s top public and private organizations who are already driving economic growth and entrepreneurship through investments, training, incubation of start-ups and the promotion of diversification of the region through growth of tech-focused companies.

    “PELA CFDC and the new Upper Canada Equity Fund is proud to partner with Ryerson University, EORN and First Stone Venture Partners in this exciting new collaboration that will advance innovation, research and investment in our community,” said Debra Marshall, chair of the Upper Canada Equity Fund. “Ryerson University is a world leader in entrepreneurial innovation and support and we look forward to growing our relationship in the years to come.”

    Immediately following the announcement, a matchmaking and pitch session is being hosted by Ryerson at its DMZ for a dozen tech-based start-ups and PELA CFDC and First Stone Venture Partners. The types of start-ups are diverse, ranging from online services and platforms to mobile technologies, security and automation and knowledge management with the goal of identifying possible investment, incubation and mentorship of some of these start-ups in Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington.

    Mauro Lollo, President of Canada’s first rural venture fund was at Ryerson for the announcement. “First Stone Venture Partners was founded by serial entrepreneurs who understand the challenges of creating success, often with only ideas and effort,” said Lollo, President, First Stone Venture Partners. “Our vision is to create sustainable ecosystems for innovative start-ups in non-urban communities by investing in entrepreneurial talent and innovative ideas. Our unique investment and support strategy nurtures and accelerates early-stage companies while helping to diversify local economies for the long-term benefit of our communities and country. We're exceptionally pleased to partner with Ryerson, PELA CFDC and EORN in driving future opportunities and success.”

    “Strengthening regional or rural technological innovation and their connection to other national or international markets is an important step in narrowing Canada’s innovation gap and promoting economic development,” said Wendy Cukier, vice-president Research and Innovation, Ryerson University. “Understanding the demand and application side of innovation and its impacts is also vital if we are to realize the transformational potential of emerging technologies. Ryerson is pleased to partner with PELA CFDC, First Stone Venture Partners and EORN and this collaboration will strengthen the innovation ecosystem of region.”

    “EORN is excited about the potential of this new collaboration agreement with PELA CFDC, the Upper Canada Equity Fund; Ryerson University, and First Stone Venture Partners,” said David Fell, CEO of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network. “This project will leverage the entrepreneurial and research expertise of Ryerson University to help us increase the scale and scope of the start-up and innovation ecosystem in Eastern Ontario.”

    While this collaboration is new, all partners have expertise in advancing economic development and contributing to innovation and have partnered together previously. Over the last two years, FSVP and PELA CFDC have a successful track record of investment that productizes and commercializes and takes to market globally competitive products and services including one of Ryerson’s DMZ companies Komodo Open Labs. Ryerson and EORN have also worked together through Ryerson’s Magnet program, which helps in matching companies to the best skilled talent. These partners and their programs have also been previously recognized and supported by government partners such as FedDev Ontario and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.

    PELA CFDC is a community-based, not-for-profit corporation whose objective is to encourage local entrepreneurship and economic development in Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington counties through the provision of business loans, equity investments, grants, training and incubation of start-ups.

    FSVP is a venture partnership founded and funded by successful entrepreneurs whose goal is to encourage the establishment of technology-based innovation in rural communities and who have established a 28,000 sq. ft. incubator in Picton, ON to support the growth of tech start-ups in the region.

    EORN was established by the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus to increase the availability of bandwidth to homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario, and to encourage the diversification of the region through the growth of technology based companies.

  • 17 Nov 2015 1:27 PM | Deleted user


    As of November 17, 2015, the Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI) program is accepting applications from Canadian communities seeking financial support for their foreign direct investment initiatives for 2016.

    Applications must be submitted before 15:00 (Eastern Standard Time), on Friday, January 15, 2016. Communities must submit the final draft of their application by the deadline to be considered for funding. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will be rejected. We would like to remind you that only one submission is allowed per applicant.


    We invite you to visit our website at for more information on program eligibility, evaluation criteria and list of eligible expenses.

    In order to assist you with the preparation of your application, ICCI program management will be holding tutorial webinars on Wednesday December 2, 2015 in both official languages. The English tutorial will take place at 15:00 EST, and the French tutorial will take place at 10:30 EST. We expect the tutorial to last about one hour. For more information about the webinar, please consult the ICCI website.


    Please read the How to Submit an Application for Funding page from the ICCI website in order to familiarize yourself with the application process.

    In order to apply for 2016 funding, you are required to register to the Partners@International Portal at the following link: Once registered, it may take up to 2 business days for you to be able to log in to your new account for the first time.

    You will only be able to access the ICCI Application Form once you have (1) registered on the Portal, (2) uploaded the letter of incorporation/proof of legal status of your organisation, and (3) downloaded the PDF application form from thePartners@International Portal The deadline to submit your application is Friday, January 15, 2016.

    The only way to submit an application is through the Partners@International Portal. Mailed, emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

  • 12 Nov 2015 1:08 PM | Deleted user

    Wellington County Warden Elected Chair of Western Ontario Economic Development Strategy

    Wellington County - The Chair of the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus (WOWC), Mayor Randy Hope of Chatham-Kent, is happy to announce that Wellington County Warden George Bridge has been elected as the Chair of the Warden’s Caucus Economic Development Committee. The committee was established to fill the void left by the dissolution of the South Western Economic Alliance (SWEA).

    “Warden Bridge is an excellent choice,” says Mayor Hope. “His background in the financial industry and his current responsibilities in the economic development of Wellington County will provide focus and leadership for this new initiative.”

    Among the committee’s first priorities will be the development of a Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Strategy. The committee will begin the process by advising the Premier of Ontario and appropriate provincial ministries of the intention of the Warden’s Caucus to approach the Mayors of the Separated Cities (Guelph, Brantford, Stratford, London, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas, Barrie, Orillia, Windsor) and the Chair of the Region of Waterloo, in order to formulate an economic alliance partnership.

    Early in the New Year, the mayors will be invited to attend a WOWC meeting to discuss items of shared interest and consider a rural/urban Caucus structure that will allow for collaborative partnerships in infrastructure renewal, financial and technological opportunites, and addressing regulatory challenges. The final stage will be to define and develop a Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Strategy.

    “I am honoured to have been chosen to lead this important committee,” says Warden George Bridge. “I look forward to the process, meeting with all of the Mayors and helping return economic prosperity to Southwestern Ontario.

  • 28 Oct 2015 3:06 PM | Deleted user

    As part of the Ontario Government’s implementation of the Partnerships for Jobs and Growth Act, the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) is now consulting on draft Cluster Guidelines from October 26 until November 9

    These draft guidelines explain how to work with the Government on Cluster Plans under the Act.

    As an important player in driving economic competitiveness in Ontario, We believe you may have an interest in commenting on the guidelines.

    ·       Please review the Cluster Guidelines, and fill out a brief ten question survey providing us feedback on your perspective on developing Cluster Plans with the Government of Ontario.

    ·        If you are looking for more information, join the webinar to learn more about the draft guidelines and the opportunity to ask questions. (See below for details on signing up.) 


    ·         Oct 26: beginning of the draft Cluster Guidelines consultation period.

    ·         Nov 2-4: webinars to present the draft Guidelines and answer any questions.

    • Sessions are limited to 20 participants at a time, and will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. (Additional webinars may be scheduled if there is sufficient participant interest.) 
    • Initial scheduled webinar times:
      • Monday, November 2 – 1:00-2:00pm
      • Tuesday, November 3 – 1:00-2:00pm
      • Wednesday, November 4 – 1:30-2:30pm
    • To register for a session please contact us at with “Cluster Guidelines webinar” in the subject line.

    ·        Nov 9: deadline for feedback – link to survey 

    If you have any comments or questions regarding the consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at

  • 27 Oct 2015 4:11 PM | Deleted user

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is seeking a qualified consultant to provide professional services in the form of creating, coordinating and producing an enhanced PowerPoint presentation for the 2015 EDCO Marketing Awards ceremony to be held on February 4, 2016.

    Qualified consultants are encouraged to submit a proposal before Friday, November 13, 2015 end of day.

    View RFP

  • 27 Sep 2015 11:31 PM | Deleted user

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) plans to hold a one and a half day spring meeting that will be attended by 75-100 economic development professionals from both the public and private sector.  The program will allow members to learn and share information on current issues and programs that affect the profession.  In addition to the formal program there will be one reception held. 

    The success of the Spring Meeting depends on the programming, location and venue.  When selecting the spring meeting’s venue, availability of bedrooms at a reasonable room rate, and meeting rooms, accessibility of transportation from airport and train stations will be considered.  All requirements are outlined in this request for proposal (RFP).

    EDCO will promote this venue and event with a major announcement at the 2016 Annual Conference and Showcase to be held February 2-4, 2016.

  • 27 Sep 2015 11:27 PM | Deleted user

    What’s New for Celebrate Ontario 2016?

    The Tourism Event Marketing Program is merging with the Celebrate Ontario program to streamline the application process for festivals and events. New and existing events may now apply for marketing funding through the Celebrate Ontario 2016 program. The newly combined program will continue to strengthen Ontario’s tourism offerings through closely aligned and focused programming and marketing support.

    Applicants are encouraged to better understand their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA makes it possible for people of all abilities to be a part of their communities every day. The Government of Ontario has published a Guide to Accessible Festivals & Outdoor Events for organizers of festivals and outdoor events to improve accessibility and to better understand their obligations under the AODA. Expenses related to improved accessibility and services are eligible under the 2016 Celebrate Ontario program. Next year, the Celebrate Ontario 2017 program will consider how applicants have met their obligations under the AODA as part of the scoring criteria.

    Applicants are invited to consider Canada’s 150th in their planning. For events occurring between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017, organizers might consider an enhancement activity that celebrates or commemorates Canada’s 150th ─ the anniversary of Canada’s Constitution Act, 1867, which established the Confederation of Canada ─ in planning their events.

    The deadline to submit your Celebrate Ontario 2016 application is November 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) via the Grants Ontario System.

    For more information including the new Ontario Blockbuster 2016 streams, and how to apply, please visit the program website

  • 27 Sep 2015 11:26 PM | Deleted user

    The EDCO Awards Committee has added a new flash of innovation to the award categories this year. We are pleased to announce 2 brand new awards to be presented at the 2016 President’s Awards Banquet on February 4th in Toronto, Ontario.

    The first award is the Digital Influencer of the Year. This award reflects the growing importance of social media in business and economic development. Nominations should be made for individuals who have influenced and contributed to the profession of economic development through the use of social media tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other similar tools. These submissions will be judged on their overall contributions and the significance of their impact on their peers, their community and the industry overall.

    The Innovative Community Award is sure to break some ground as the second new award, and the first award if it’s kind. This award will be presented to a community who has embraced innovation to significantly impact their community. It may be a specific project or a series of events, or a collaboration of many smaller projects, but in the end the community and its people are better off because of the initiative. These submissions will be made in video format and judged by the members of EDCO. The winning submission will be recognized at the banquet as well as asked to present at the 2017 Conference. 

    All Ontario communities are encouraged to make submissions for the EDCO Awards of Excellence. Winners will be recognized for their efforts and seen as leaders in the industry. All submissions receive professional feedback from our panel of expert judges. The awards submission website will open September 14, 2015. The EDCO Awards of Excellence has a menu of opportunities for submission in many different disciplines of economic development including marketing, product development, technology and much more.  For more details on the awards and submission process visit the Awards Page.

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