Recap – Municipal Agriculture, Economic Development & Planning Forum

The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum took place on November 18-19, 2020. The forum showcased exciting agricultural and rural projects happening in Huron County and throughout Ontario. Ways to engage and grow agriculture along the value chain, and opportunities for planning and economic development were highlighted to the more than 230 people in attendance.

Energetic discussions explored topics such as export as a growth strategy, direct selling in a COVID world, inspiring innovation within a municipality and more!

The forum focused on working together to grow a better future for the Agri-Food sector. Whether you want to:

  • Promote local food
  • Brand your region
  • Support export initiatives
  • Drive innovation in your region

Listed below are several tools and resources to support your work. Visit these links for more information:

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Analyst – economic analysis Tool Returns for Clients

We have exciting news for rural Ontario data needs – Analyst will be returning for clients to access beginning on 1 December 2020.

The Analyst tool pulls data from a range of sources to provide information on regional economies and workforces. It helps you better understand your region with information that can be used to help so you can make informed decisions.

It can help you:

  • Find out what industries set your region apart or make it more competitive
  • Track the flow of money within a geographical area
  • See trends like hiring patterns or sales increases in a particular industry
  • Find labour force and wage comparisons
  • Benchmark your community against other regions
  • Predict the effects of changes in a regional economy

For those that have previously accessed Analyst, there will be changes to the way it has been accessed in the past.

  • Clients will have access to the application for up to 30 days;
  • If a client is not able to be provided a licence for the month they requested it, they will be added to a waiting list of users for a following month;

To request access to the Analyst tool, please click here.

If you are not able to be assigned a licence and have an immediate need for data, OMAFRA’s Regional Advisors can help support your data needs a map of the Regional Advisors is available here.

To learn more OMAFRA economic development staff and subject matter experts on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 (2 pm – 3:15 pm EST) for a free webinar exploring data tools and analysis for economic recovery. Visit this webpage to register for the session.

Data Tools and Analysis for Economic Recovery

Join OMAFRA economic development staff and subject matter experts on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 (2 pm – 3:15 pm EST) for a free webinar exploring data tools and analysis for economic recovery.

Local economic development initiatives and policies should be driven by evidence-based decision-making. Access to current data is therefore crucial as communities address current challenges while planning for resilience and prosperity in a post-pandemic world. Some examples of suitable data sets and analysis are:

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Funding For Sectors Intake NOW Open

Ontario’s government is helping to grow the province’s agri-food and agri-products sectors by launching the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative – a program which will help drive innovation, reduce red tape, and address industry priorities. The “Funding for Sectors” stream and will support agriculture and food value-chain partners in address emerging sector challenges and opportunities to create sector wide benefits.

This cost-share intake will remain open until November 26, 2020.

FUNDING FOR SECTORS

Programming Overview

Funding supports agriculture and food value chain partners by offering cost-share funding opportunities to address identified industry priorities and outcomes for Ontario in the following areas:

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Register Now with the Choose Ontario Pavilion at Grocery Innovations Canada Live @home show

The Choose Ontario pavilion will be at Grocery Innovations Canada in its first-ever virtual format where thousands of grocery retail buyers around the globe will be looking for new business partners like you!

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Registration open – Selling Food to Ontario Training Workshop

Registration is now open for the FREE Selling Food to Ontario Training Workshop, brought to you by collaboration between OMAFRA, York Region, and the Town of Georgina!

Looking to learn more about different sales channels, how they work and how to decide which channel(s) may be best for business? This webinar will help you create new opportunities for your farm or food business by learning how to expand into new markets such as farmers’ markets, restaurants, food service, and food retailers.

This webinar is best suited for farmers, producers, food & beverage start-ups, small food & beverage manufacturers and food business retailers/restaurants.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 (8:45am-12:30pm), and participants will hear from expert speaker on the topics of:

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Recapping the Pandemic Response and Recovery Webinar

On Tuesday September 29th, OMAFRA hosted the “Retooling for Economic Recovery Webinar”. Topics centred on economic development programs and tools can be used to enhance economic recovery efforts. The webinar covered the following areas:

  • Leadership & Economic Recovery Teams
  • Using Data to Guide Recovery
  • Altering Business Retention & Expansion During a Pandemic

Below are some key takeaways from the webinar:

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Updated agenda- 2020 Virtual Municipal Agriculture, Economic Development & Planning Forum

The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum is being hosted virtually by Huron County on November 18-19, 2020. Two half days of sessions will be supplemented with a virtual tour of Huron County and some of its most exciting agricultural and rural projects. Read our last blog post for an overview of the event.

Registration is now open – select the registration link to sign up for the Forum. Day 1 & 2 – $75

Forum Agenda

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Teeny Tiny Summit – Creatively Bringing Communities Together Recap

The second virtual Teeny Tiny Summit that took place on September 23rd, 2020 discussed how communities have been able to promote engagement and activity in alternative formats throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Speakers shared insight on engagement initiatives that their teams have coordinated to provide support to the community and other organizations.

Below are key items and initiatives from each of the speakers and organizations mentioned:

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Register Now – 2020 Virtual Municipal Agriculture, Economic Development & Planning Forum

Registration is now open – select one of the following registration links below to sign up for the Forum

The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum is being hosted virtually by Huron County on November 18-19, 2020. Two half days of sessions will be supplemented with a virtual tour of Huron County and some of its most exciting agricultural and rural projects.

If your portfolio includes rural planning, economic development or any aspect of the agriculture sector – food, farming, ag value chain businesses, workforce attraction, or agricultural innovation you won’t want to miss the 2020 Forum. The Forum will be of interest to municipal economic developers, planners, council members, CAO’s, and supporters of local economic development initiatives. The Forum looks at leading edge collaborations and innovations to grow the ag sector and your community. Two days of sessions cover a wide range of timely topics including:

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Regional Economic Development Branch blog focusing on agriculture and rural economic development for Ontario