PLMA Global – Join OMAFRA at the New Worldwide Online Trade Show – March 28-31, 2022

Webinar: Learn More About the U.S. Private Label Industry & PLMA Global Event – February 15th at 10 am

OMAFRA will be hosting an informational webinar on Feb 15, 2022 at 10 am on US private label trends and opportunities and considerations when exporting to the U.S. The session will also provide information about PLMA Global 2022 – the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) Global virtual event, and how to exhibit as part of the virtual Ontario Pavilion.

Register for the webinar HERE

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Agricultural Systems Portal – The Next Generation

Planners and Economic Developers will be interested in this demonstration of the next generation of the Agricultural Systems Portal. It has more than 90 mapping layers on the agri-food supply chain and easy access to economic data!  Jennifer Birchmore, Senior Geographic Information Specialist and Helma Geerts, Policy Advisor at OMAFRA will demonstrate this new web platform and lead a hands-on exercise for users on February 23.  

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The Rural Economic Development Program (RED) – Targeted Intake to Support Labour Attraction and Retention –   Starting February 7!

Starting on February 7th, 2022 applications and the guidelines for the new targeted RED program will be available. Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2022.

This RED intake will provide funding for municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous communities, and local service boards to invest in strengthening their labour markets.

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Recap of the Agri-Food Forum Keynote by Nikolas Badminton – Facing our Futures

Innovation & Resiliency was the theme of the 14th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum that was co-hosted by the Regional Municipality of York and OMAFRA in early November 2021.

The Agri-Food Forum was kicked off with welcoming remarks from Minister Lisa Thompson, speaking on the importance of agri-food economic development and land use planning and the opportunities within innovation of the agri-food sector.

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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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Save the Date: ‘Infection, Prevention and Control’ Webinars

As Ontario continues the fight against COVID-19 and its variants, we are providing valuable information on infection, prevention and control measures to support the agri-food sector.

OMAFRA is hosting a series of province-wide free webinars for producers and food and beverage processors to help them guard against the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

This webinar will provide the latest information on what you need to know as an employer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn more about:

We have invited experts from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS).

Note:

  • Producers webinar will be held on January 6 and January 18, 2022
  • Food and Beverage Processors webinar will be held on January 11, 2022

To register, please visit: ‘Infection, Prevention and Control’ Webinar.

Register for the webinar today!

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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Save the Date: ‘Health and Safety in the Workplace’ Webinar for Food and Beverage Processors

Looking to learn more about programs and supports available to protect worker/employer health and safety in the food and beverage processing sector? On December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., OMAFRA is hosting a free webinar for processors to help them guard against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in the workplace.

This webinar will provide valuable information on what you need to know as an employer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn more about:

  • Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Program
    • TFW Program 2022
    • Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)
  • Food Processing Skills Canada Programs
    • Student Work Placement Program 
    • Succeeding at Work Language Stream
    • Labour Market Research 
  • COVID-19 Prevention and Control
    • Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP)
  • Supports available through OMAFRA to protect worker health and safety
    • Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP)
    • Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

We have invited experts from Service Canada, Food Processing Skills Canada (FPSC), and the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS).

To register, please visit: ‘Health and Safety in the Workplace’ Webinar.

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The Restaurants Canada’s 77th annual food service and hospitality trade show event live and in-person from February 27 – March 1, 2021 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto

Register NOW to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion and SAVE!

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is partnering with Restaurants Canada to provide Ontario food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to promote their local products within the Ontario Pavilion. You can register by completing the RC Show 2022 application and submit it to theshow@restaurantscanada.org. Spaces are limited.

Some perks of exhibiting with OMAFRA:

  • 10” x10” booth and promotion package at a discount rate of $2,200 or $1,149.50 for a 5”x10” booth. Corner booths are limited and available on a first come first serve basis
  • RC Member Fee will be waived under the OMAFRA group booking
  • 6 exhibitor badges for booth staff
  • Promotion on RC Show website
  • Additional opportunity to contribute products that could be featured and sampled at the Show feature areas, media events and/or RC Hospitality Week events

If you are interested in exhibiting and being part of the Ontario Pavilion, please complete the PDF application found in OMAFRA-Ontario Pavilion Package link and email completed form to theshow@restaurantscanada.org.

For further information contact RC Canada by email at: theshow@restaurantscanada.org

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