Category Archives: Economic Development

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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Targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program

The Rural Economic Development (RED) program provides funding to help create jobs and boost growth in rural communities. On September 18th, the Ontario government announced that it is providing nearly $1 M in cost-share funding via a special intake of RED.

The goal of the special intake is to help diversify economies as the province reopens. The intake is open from Sept. 21 – Oct.9, 2020.

The maximum provincial cost-share for eligible costs is 70%, to a maximum of $75,000 per project. All costs must be incurred on or before March 31, 2021, and projects will not be extended beyond this date.

This funding is being provided through new targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development Program (RED).

Who is eligible for funding?

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Teeny Tiny Summit – Creatively Bringing Community Together

Join us for the next Teeny Tiny Summit taking place on Wednesday, September 23rd from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm to hear about creative ways communities have been brought together. For registration and event details, visit the Teeny Tiny Summit page.

Why should I attend Teeny Tiny Summit?

  • Become inspired – learn of relevant examples from a community like yours
  • A breath of fresh air –refresh with new perspective and insight from other small communities
  • Discover – learn about pursuing economic development goals in your community

Session Topics

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Retooling For Economic Recovery – Webinar

How can data be used to guide economic recovery?

How can BR+E be adapted to suit pandemic response?

What is the form and function of an economic recovery team?

Join us on September 29, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00am) as we unpack these questions and more during a 60-minute webinar focused on how OMAFRA economic development programs and tools can be used to enhance your economic recovery efforts.

While certain businesses are struggling in the short term, communities need to be prepared to capitalize on the growth opportunities created in certain segments of local economies. During the Retooling for Economic Recovery webinar, we will be covering a multitude of topics intended to inform and guide strategies and approaches to enhance recovery and growth efforts, including:

  • How to effectively track changes in your downtown
  • Data sources to monitor your recovery
  • How communities are tailoring their BR+E surveys and approach
  • The form and function of economic recovery teams

To register for the webinar, please fill out this registration form.

Teeny Tiny Summit Goes Virtual!

The Teeny Tiny Summits began in 2016 as a forum to discuss scale-appropriate economic development techniques in Ontario’s smallest communities. Since then,1300 people have attended 11 summits. Feedback from participants tells us that they always come away inspired and engaged, with ideas that they can put into practice right away in their communities. This year, a virtual format was adopted for the first time. But just like previous offerings, participants benefited from the wisdom of their peers and were every bit as inspired as they have been in the past. Continue reading Teeny Tiny Summit Goes Virtual!

Exporting Opportunities Through Indian E-Commerce Platforms

The High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, in collaboration with Canadian Food Exporters Association (CFEA) is offering  a series of free webinars with Amazon India that will take place from August to September 2020. The first webinar with the Amazon India team will be held on August 19, 2020.

The High Commission has partnered with Amazon India to facilitate a listing of Canadian brands on the Amazon India e-commerce platform. Together with their  in house plug and play network of importers, they are keen to add more Canadian food products to their portfolio. The webinars are strategically structured to provide Canadian exporters with a detailed overview of opportunities in the Indian market via e-commerce, the Amazon India partnership and the proposed program for Canadian brands.

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Participate in the Trade Accelerator Program and Learn How to Expand Your Business Into International Markets

This September the World Trade Centre Toronto will be hosting their award-winning Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) virtually and focus entirely on the Agri-Food and Beverage sector. TAP is an innovative program designed to help small to medium-sized businesses accelerate their growth by expanding internationally!

The export process can be daunting, costly, and time-consuming. Through these four virtual sessions, participating companies will establish key contacts, and have access to targeted expertise and strategic planning tools, needed to successfully launch into new markets, as well as grow in current markets. By the end of the program, participating companies will walk away with a complete Strategic Export Business Plan carefully vetted by industry leading partners and sponsors.

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