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  • 26 Sep 2017 11:24 AM | Deleted user

    Have you registered for our Fall 2017 Webinar Series yet? In partnership with the University of Waterloo, join EDCO this fall for a four-part webinar series exploring topics including the Ontario Ministry of International Trade, recruiting local talent, marketing for experiential tourism, and government relations!

    The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) has accredited this series and will award 4 points toward Ec.D. Certification. Please note you must attend all four webinars to receive the points-partial points will not be awarded. Recorded versions of the webinars will be available to registrants by request.

    This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts towards the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

    For full descriptions of each session and to register, click here.

    The first session, Ontario's Ministry of International Trade: Opening the world to Ontario business runs this Thursday!

    Register Now!

    Fee: $99 + HST for EDCO members, $129 + HST for non-members

  • 14 Sep 2017 9:11 AM | Deleted user

    Check out this month's edition of the EDCO Exchange for a rundown of innovation articles, new resources, available funding programs, and upcoming events and job opportunities.

  • 12 Sep 2017 1:31 PM | Deleted user

    The Corporation of the Town of Smiths Falls has issued a Request for Proposals for a development opportunity in a former water treatment plant. 

    Submissions will be accepted until November 30, 2017. 

    To view the RFP ad, click here.

  • 12 Sep 2017 11:27 AM | Deleted user

    Is your community doing something innovative and different? Consider submitting your project or initiative to the EDCO Innovative Community Award

    This Award is meant to showcase the latest and greatest in economic development practices, projects and initiatives. 

    This Award requires the completion of this nomination form and submission of a 5-minute video to

    This video submission category will be judged by the EDCO membership and must address the following criteria: telling of an innovative success story, what geographic region has been impacted, demonstrated economic impact, the role that EDCO played in the success, and the influence it will have on the future. 

    The winner of this Award will be asked to present at the EDCO 2019 Conference. The Town of Newmarket was EDCO's Innovative Community in 2016 and presented at EDCO60 last year. 

    All submissions are due by October 6, 2017

  • 12 Sep 2017 9:33 AM | Deleted user

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    2016 Census: Income data

    As Canada marks its 150th anniversary, Statistics Canada continues to share its year-long story of our country and its people. On September 13, 2017, the fourth series of results from the 2016 Census of Population will be released on Statistics Canada’s website. These results will present individual, family and household income statistics for various levels of geography and various demographic groups.

    Want to learn more? Join our chat session with Statistics Canada experts to discuss these findings!

    Chat with an expert

    When: Friday, September 15, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern time.

    Experts: Nell Hamalainen, Tahsin Mehdi, Brian Murphy and Xuelin Zhang, Statistics Canada.

    How: Visit Chat with an expert to login and enter the chat room. If you don’t have an account, please register.

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    Recensement de 2016 : Données sur le revenu

    Alors que le Canada célèbre son 150e anniversaire, Statistique Canada poursuit le récit, présenté sur une période d’un an, de notre pays et de ses habitants. La quatrième série de résultats du Recensement de la population de 2016 sera publiée le 13 septembre 2017, sur le site Web de Statistique Canada. Ces résultats porteront sur le revenu des particuliers, des familles et des ménages pour divers niveaux géographiques et divers groupes démographiques.

    Vous voulez en savoir davantage au sujet de ces résultats? Joignez-vous à la séance de clavardage avec des experts de Statistique Canada!

    Clavarder avec un expert

    Quand : Le vendredi 15 septembre 2017, de 12 h 30 à 13 h 30, heure de l’Est.

    Experts : Nell Hamalainen, Tahsin Mehdi, Brian Murphy et Xuelin Zhang, Statistique Canada.

    Comment : Visitez Clavarder avec un expert, connectez-vous et entrez dans la salle de clavardage. Si vous n’avez pas de compte, veuillez vous inscrire.

    Thank you/ Merci,

    The Chat with an expert team

    Outreach and New media, Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Division

    Statistics Canada / Government of Canada

    L’équipe de Clavarder avec un expert

    Rayonnement et nouveaux médias, Division des communications stratégiques et relations avec les intervenants

    Statistique Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

  • 11 Sep 2017 9:58 AM | Deleted user

    If you are not attending the IEDC Annual Conference next week, but would still like to attend their Student and YP Networking Happy Hour, fill out this form and return to Nye Harte at

    **Do not complete the above form if you will be attending the IEDC Annual Conference, as you can register, for free, here.**

    We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

    -EDCO YPN 

    Event Details:

    Sunday, September 17, 2017| 9:00pm-11:00pm

    Young Professional and Student Networking Event


    67 Richmond Street West, Suite 101

    Toronto, M5H1Z5

  • 05 Sep 2017 2:41 PM | Deleted user

    The Local Employment Planning Council has issued a Request for Proposals for Stakeholder Engagement Videos. 

    The submission deadline is September 22, 2017.

    Download the RFP here

  • 05 Sep 2017 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    The deadline to submit your project to the EDCO Awards of Excellence is only a month away! Don't miss your change to be recognized for your hard work! 

    We are excited about 2 NEW award categories this year - Special Events and Local Collaboration. Find out more about these award categories and all the others here. Click to download the Awards Information Packet.

    Tweet about the awards!

    What you need to know:

    • This year's Awards Packet has been updated - NEW
    • All submissions receive a Scoring Card as feedback - NEW
    • Submissions are due October 6, 2017
    • Cost per submission is $75(+HST) for EDCO members & $125 (+HST) for non-members
    • Award submissions must include a promo image 
    • Finalists are notified in advance
    • All submissions are highlighted on the EDCO website
    • Winners are announced at EDCO's annual President's Dinner, February 7th, in Toronto

    Learn More

    Ready to Submit

  • 05 Sep 2017 10:45 AM | Deleted user

    Hello EDCO Community,

    My name is Danielle Collins and I work for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture in economic development policy.

    I’m looking for stories from communities across Ontario, and I want to hear yours!

    I am putting together a catalogue of the many great things happening locally to support agriculture in Ontario. Please don’t hesitate to share – big or small.

    Here’s examples of initiatives I’d like to hear about:

    Examine Your Agricultural Community

    1. Do your research (e.g. ag census bulletin; asset mapping)
    2. Make a plan (e.g. ag/local food strategy)
    3. Investigate gaps and opportunities (e.g. food hub/abattoir feasibility studies)


    Support Your Agricultural Community

    1. Develop incentives (e.g. Community Improvement Plans for ag/rural; funding programs)
    2. Hire a champion (e.g. hire an Agriculture and/or Food –focused staff person, I’d also love job descriptions if possible)
    3. Develop supportive policies (e.g. land use policies that support value-added ag, streamlined approval process)


    Promote Your Agricultural Community

    1. Attract businesses (e.g. investment attraction and marketing initiatives)
    2. Brand your community (e.g. ag/food-related slogans and promotions)
    3. Promote taste of place (e.g. farm, food and beverage –themed trails, events)


    Strengthen Your Agricultural Community

    1. Facilitate connections (e.g. value chain and local food procurement initiatives)
    2. Foster entrepreneurship (e.g. incubators, mentorship programs)
    3. Collaborate to boost impact (e.g. work with neighbouring municipalities, upper-/lower-tier collaborations)


    These initiatives may be highlighted in upcoming presentations and future resources.

    Please email me at

    Thank you.

    Danielle Collins


    Agriculture Economic Development Policy

    Ontario Federation of Agriculture

    100 Stone Road West, Suite 206

    Guelph, Ontario, N1G 5L3

    (519) 821-8883 ext. 268

  • 05 Sep 2017 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    Dear Colleague,

    We are launching the application period for 2018 Invest Canada – Community Initiatives (ICCI) projects. We will be accepting applications on September 6th to October 19th, 2017 closing at 15:00 Ottawa time (EDT). We would appreciate if you could send the attached message to your network to generate the greatest possible interest across Canada.

    You may wish to use the following line when contacting your network:

    Please view the attached document for pertinent information on the launch of the Invest Canada - Community Initiatives (ICCI) program for 2018 Foreign Direct Investments projects.

    Thank you for your cooperation.


    ICCI management

    Cher/chère collègue,

    Nous lançons la période d'inscription pour les projets 2018 du programme Investissement Canada – Initiatives des communautés (ICIC). Nous accepterons les demandes à compter du 6 septembre au 19 octobre 2017, fermant à 15h00, heure d’Ottawa (HAE). Nous vous serions reconnaissants si vous pouviez envoyer le message ci-joint à votre réseau pour générer le plus d'intérêt possible partout au Canada.

    Vous souhaiterez peut-être utiliser la phrase suivante lorsque vous communiquerez avec votre réseau :

    Veuillez consulter le document ci-joint pour obtenir des informations pertinentes sur le lancement du programme Investissement Canada - Initiatives des communautés (ICIC) pour les projets d’investissements directs étrangers de 2018.

    Nous vous remercions de votre coopération.


    La direction d’ICIC

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