The Business Retention & Expansion (BR+E) program is a four-stage process that helps prioritize efforts to support existing businesses. The program promotes job growth by helping communities learn about issues and opportunities for local businesses, and thereafter implement initiatives that address specific needs.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) offers BR+E training sessions geared towards:
Individuals who are interested in managing or coordinating a community level BR+E project
Economic development professionals who will be involved in the implementation of a BR+E project
The Rural Economic Development (RED) program supports projects that stimulate economic growth in Ontario’s rural communities. RED supports activities that create jobs and help open doors to local economic development. The program helps communities:
identify their economic strengths
be more competitive
diversify and grow their local economies.
The program is open and will accept applications until September 28, 2018.
We are always looking for ways to better connect with you. Our stakeholders have taken to social media so we thought it is time we did too. This blog is designed to keep you up to date with the latest information on how you can grow your agriculture and economic development initiatives.
I joined the Regional Economic Development Branch (REDB) in January of 2015 and have been tasked with the job of leading a team of passionate and highly knowledgeable economic development specialists and advisors across the province whom are dedicated to helping you develop and advance your plans. The training, information and tools our team can provide are designed to move your economic and agriculture development initiatives in the right direction, driving prosperity in your community.
Prior to arriving here at OMAFRA, I spent 4 years with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) where I was focused on helping small and medium sized businesses grow. Many of these businesses reside in rural Ontario where retaining and expanding business was critical to supporting the economic fabric in their regions. Leveraging the experience and connections I gained while with MEDEI will undoubtedly serve me well, and the Regional Economic Development Branch here at OMAFRA too.
Having only been here a short while, I have come to understand and appreciate the hard work the folks at OMAFRA do to ensure we are working to better serve clients across the province every day. Truth in the matter though, we depend on client feedback to ensure we are helping clients where they need it most. If you have suggestions, we want to hear them. If you have concerns, please let us know. I’m excited at the possibilities that lay ahead. My team has talent, expertise and passion for the work they do. When you succeed, we know we’ve done our job. To reach the advisor in your area, please visit our website.
Enjoy the blog and hope our paths cross in the near future.
Director, Regional Economic Development Branch
Regional Economic Development Branch blog focusing on agriculture and rural economic development for Ontario