Category Archives: Economic Development

Updated Performance measurement resources for agriculture, agri-food and economic development organizations

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has been delivering performance measurement resources and training to clients since 2011. Since that time, two guidebooks were published:

  • Measuring UP! Performance Measurement for Economic Development
  • Performance Measurement Resources for Agriculture and Agri-Food Organizations

We have combined these two resources into one updated guidebook, enhanced with specific examples where relevant.

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Webinar: Exporting Food and Beverages to the United Arab Emirates for Export-ready Ontario Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Sellers

Join OMAFRA in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for this complimentary webinar on exporting to the UAE for Ontario’s food and beverage suppliers on January 18th, 2022 at 9:30 am to 10:45 am Toronto time.

Ontario’s food and beverage manufacturers who are export ready or thinking of exporting to the UAE will be introduced to consolidators, importers, prominent retailers, and trade commissioners who are involved in the Middle East market.

The UAE represents a growth area for Ontario food exports. Growing expat populations and fast-paced economic development along with shared interests in trade agreements are driving increased demand for high value food and beverage products.

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Teeny Tiny Summit – Rural Resurgence Webinar Recap – From December 1, 2021

The second Teeny Tiny Summit webinar series centered around the question that has arisen during COVID-19 – will rural communities take shelter from the pandemic storm or dance in the economic rain? To view the slide presentations & recording, visit the Teeny Tiny Summit website.

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Register for the Canadian Women’s Agri-Food Virtual Trade Mission to Mexico Tuesday, March 22nd -24th 2022

The Organization of Women in International Trade-Toronto (OWIT)* in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is hosting a virtual trade mission to Mexico.

The mission is focused on increasing exports of Canadian women-owned and women-led businesses in the agri-food sector to enter or expand into the Mexican market.

The mission will allow participants to better understand and tap into Mexico’s business opportunities by taking part in information webinar sessions, and pre-arranged virtual business-to-business meetings.

Mexico is one of the largest importers of agri-food products in the world. A country with a population of more than 130 million people imports approximately 40% of what is consumed. In 2020, it imported US$28 billion in agriculture and Agri-food products. Mexico is Canada’s third most important trading partner and a strategic trade partner in two key trade agreements, CUSMA and CPTPP.

With the geographical advantage and the Free Trade Agreements that have eliminated duties on almost all agri-food products, Mexico is a natural market for Canadian exporters.

Participants will get:
  • Pre-arranged virtual B2B meetings with qualified buyers
  • Digital Catalogue with company listing in Spanish
  • Assistance by OMAFRA, GAC and OWIT
Program details and dates:

February (dates TBC)

  • Pre-event market information webinar sessions by experts and Trade Commissioner Service-Canada

March 22

  • Prospective from Mexican industry leaders and buyers’ Pre-arranged virtual business-to-business meetings with qualified buyers or partners
  • Virtual business-to-business meetings

March 23

  • Virtual business-to-business meetings

March 24

  • Virtual business-to-business meetings
  • Debriefing with participants
Participation fee:
  • OWIT Members – $150
  • Non-Members – $250

Spaces are Limited! Deadline to register is January 15th, 2022!

Register Now: owit-toronto.ca

For questions and inquiries please contact Fabiola Sicard, Export Marketing Officer, OMAFRA at Fabiola.sicard@ontario.ca or by telephone (647) 205-7133.

*OWIT promotes trade diversification and the participation of women in international trade which contributes to Canada’s economic growth.

Serving Up Local

The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance (GHFFA) has been studying and practicing local food procurement in municipally operated facilities and long-term care homes. They will be sharing results of their most recent work on Tuesday December 7, 2021 at the Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Community of Practice.

The first phase of their Serving Up Local project resulted in a combined increase of 23 per cent in local food purchasingin 9 long-term care homes.

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Teeny Tiny Summit: Resurgence Webinar – Dec 1st @ 10 AM

If there is a bright spot to be found in the COVID-19 story, it is that a foundation has been laid for a rural renaissance. As a result of shifting societal norms, we might just be able to fundamentally pivot the future of rural communities that have been plagued by outmigration and exclusion from significant economic development activity for decades. 

Geographic boundaries have essentially been erased, employers and employees alike are embracing new work models that allow job functions to be done remotely. Technologies exist in many areas to facilitate this new norm and quality of life has been widely redefined using characteristics that are uniquely suited to rural communities. Although COVID-19 may appear the perfect storm, there are opportunities as well. The question is, will rural areas take shelter from the storm or dance in the economic rain? 

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Webinar: Exporting to Mexico for Ontario Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Join OMAFRA in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Services in Mexico on December 1st at 10 am for a one-hour webinar to learn about exporting to Mexico.

The webinar will provide interested food and beverage companies with an overview of the Mexican market, trends in the retail industry, the impact of e-commerce in retail as well as tips for exporting to Mexico and future events. The webinar will allow participants to better understand the Mexican market, the opportunities it presents, as well as learn about local resources and future trade activities in Mexico.

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Teeny Tiny Summit Recap – Series 1: Welcoming Newcomers

On October 13thOMAFRA partnered with the Rural Ontario Municipal Association to present the first of a series of 3 Teeny Tiny Summits.  This session featured fantastic speakers telling their experiences as newcomers in rural communities, and about tactics communities were using to welcome newcomers to their community. The speaker line up included: 

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Upcoming Webinar: Rural Ontario’s Population Growth During COVID-19: Fad or Trend?

Join other Ontario economic development and planning professionals on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm for a webinar to discuss the rural economic development impacts of the pandemic with a focus on population and housing trends.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in rural migration, demand for rural housing and rural house prices. The trend is not unique to Ontario and there are reports of similar trends occurring across Canada and the United States. While this migration has resulted in population growth and new economic development opportunities, it has also created pressures for existing rural infrastructure, housing affordability and municipal service delivery with the long-term outcomes of this migration unclear. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss and better understand these trends and their economic development implications.

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