Category Archives: Economic Development

Farming the North – Growing opportunities for agriculture in Northern Ontario

farmnorthbanner 60OMAFRA is working with the agriculture community to provide opportunities to expand agriculture in Northern Ontario with a website that offers clients information to help them make their expansion or investment decisions. September 1, 2015 is the launch date for the website. Check it out farmnorth.com. Continue reading Farming the North – Growing opportunities for agriculture in Northern Ontario

Updates to the Ontario Business Retention & Expansion Program Resources

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs introduced the Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) program in 1998 to support economic development efforts of rural communities.  BR+E is a structured actWorking Group Meetingon-oriented and community-based  approach to business and economic development. Continue reading Updates to the Ontario Business Retention & Expansion Program Resources

Ontario Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice Sessions

Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice sessions are an excellent opportunity for downtown revitalization Kingston_downtowncoordinators, volunteers and community leaders to network, gain insights into the experiences, successes and challenges communities have faced on their downtown revitalization journey Continue reading Ontario Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice Sessions

Too Small for Economic Development? 5 Strategies for Teeny Tiny Places.

Hastings downtown streetYou’re a small community in rural Ontario. You have a stable or declining population, no downtown core, no economic development officer and no strong drivers of economic activity. Give up, right? Not so fast…

Economic development is a means to an end goal, which is community well-being. And Teeny Tiny Places can improve community well-being as much as any other place. They simply work on a different scale and with a different toolkit. Continue reading Too Small for Economic Development? 5 Strategies for Teeny Tiny Places.

Two Takeaways for Successful Performance Measurement from PPX

Performance Measures WorkshopI recently had the opportunity to attend the Performance and Planning Exchange (PPX) Symposium in Ottawa, Ontario.  This international centre of excellence provides learning, sharing and the development of expertise in performance and planning – including its measurement, implementation, public reporting and management.  Primarily catering to a federal government audience, it was beneficial to understand the culture of performance measurement that is entrenched and how the use of evidence-based measurement drives federal transfer payments.  I was also interested to learn that the messaging they provide in their results-based management 101 course is very similar to the Regional Economic Development Branch’s Measuring Up! performance measurement resource. Continue reading Two Takeaways for Successful Performance Measurement from PPX

Ontario Releases First Annual Local Food Report

Ontario has launched its first-ever Local Food Report, which measures the province’s progress in bringing local food to more tables across the provinceLocal Food Report Cover

In 2013, Ontario passed the  Local Food Act, 2013 which aims to increase awareness of local food, nurture local food markets and foster vibrant food-based economies across the province. The Act also commits to an annual report on the province’s local food activities, goals and accomplishments. The first ever Local Food Report highlights some of the actions taken by the province and the agri-food sector to promote and celebrate local food this year, including:

  • Setting food literacy goals to increase the number of Ontarians who know what local foods are available, who know how and where to obtain local foods and who know how to prepare meals made with local food.
  • Providing a tax credit to farmers for making food donations to food banks and student nutrition programs.
  • Piloting  a fundraising initiative that helps the province’s schools to fundraise by selling Ontario-grown fruits and vegetables to families.
  • Distributing more than 800,000 copies of Foodland Ontario’s local food recipe calendar in 2014.

The inaugural report will help the
province track future progress in meeting its local food goals.