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  • 28 Jul 2016 9:12 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Request for Proposals

    Review of Economic Development Investments and Best Practices for Sault Ste. Marie

     (File # 2016CAO-01-P)

    The City of Sault Ste. Marie is requesting proposals to conduct a study to review its economic development initiatives and investments; and provide recommendations and best practices that should be employed to maximize the results of these initiatives and investments for the City. 

    Proposals are due and will be accepted no later than 4:00 o'clock p.m., local time (Eastern), Friday August 19, 2016.

    Proponents should address any questions regarding technical information or clarification of the Terms of Reference to Mr. Don McConnell, Planning Director, telephone 705-759-5375 or by email to

    Should you want to submit a Proposal for this requirement, a copy of the RFP document may be obtained by contacting the City of Sault Ste. Marie Purchasing office at 705-759-5299 or by email to

  • 26 Jul 2016 9:28 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Rural property owners and farmers appear to be experiencing more difficulty following the Ontario Building Code. 

    Please reply to Clark Hoskin with your experience about 

    (1) Are you witnessing increased Health Unit focus on Building Code violations when they are inspecting bunkhouses or other farm buildings? 

    (2) Are your builders and contractors up-to-speed on Ontario Building Code changes are they increasingly trying to get Building Inspectors to provide suggestions? 

    (3) Are your farmers having a positive experience with your Building Dept when they undertake their own building construction? 

    You feedback is very welcome!

  • 20 Jul 2016 9:49 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Message from EDCO President, John Regan: 

    Please join me in welcoming Karen Jopling of Peterborough County to our Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Board in an interim position.

    Karen has been in the field of Economic Development for ten years and she has experienced great value in networking, collaborating, sharing best practices and challenges with a cross section of economic developers and sectors. She enjoys the challenge of learning new techniques and different ways of implementing knowledge based strategies.

    She is a high energy, creative, big picture, and strategic thinking person. Karen's strength is her personality and the ability to build relationships and engage with diverse businesses and people.

    Karen will be working on our Partnership Building Committee alongside Blair Patacairk.  Please connect with Karen M. Jopling via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and any member of our Board.  

    Together, we can build strong economic developers; Advance the Economic Development Profession and ultimately, work to build a stronger Ontario Economy!

    Thank you to our current board members, find them here and give them a follow too.

  • 19 Jul 2016 10:45 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Last Wednesday at YPNO's Bi-Monthly Members call YPNO unveiled the ‘Get Recognized’ Campaign. They would like to thank and recognize the hard work of young professionals and networks across the province of Ontario and have introduced Young Professional of the Month & Young Professional Network of the Quarter

    You may begin sending nomination in for both/either or award, people have been sending in nominations already for September, when they will officially begin awarding recipients. 

    Award nominations may be sent to along with questions/comments/concerns. Please share amongst your community and networks! Let’s have fun with this initiativebring awareness and raise our young professionals profile.

    Eligibility: A member or affiliated member of The Young Professionals Network of Ontario in good standing. Represent their respective community in a professional manner and conduct business in an ethical fashion.

    Nomination Process: Young Professionals and Young Professional Networks can be nominated or nominate themselves. The awards are available to member or affiliated members of the YPNO.

    Judging: Based on 4 categories; Professional Achievements, Leadership Abilities, Community Involvement and Uniqueness. Winners determined by YPNO board of directors.

  • 12 Jul 2016 1:48 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary. As a founding province, Ontario is joining the celebration with new funding, events and programs. 

    There are three application-based Ontario150 grant programs. They include:

    • The Community Capital Program — a $25 million fund to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase access, improve safety and maximize community use (application period opens July 18 and closes September 14, 2016);
    • The Partnership Program — a $5 million program to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (application period opens July 6 and closes September 30, 2016);
    • And the Community Celebration Program —a $7 million fund to help communities celebrate this historic year (application period opens July 6 and closes September 2, 2016).

    For more information on how your community can participate, please visit: 

  • 11 Jul 2016 3:41 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)
    • Are your goods moving internationally? Have The Essentials With You

    Training in The Essentials offers you the awareness and knowledge needed to ensure your products travel safely and are protected while in transit to or from overseas. Make sure The Essentials are an integral part of your success in the international market.

    Available in 1.5-hour online webinars over two days from 1:00PM to 2:30PM EDT each day. Webinars are facilitated by industry practitioners with extensive and practical work experience. Register Online.

    Date                                                                      Webinar Title

    August 9-10, 2016                                                 Incoterms® 2010

    August 16-17, 2016                                               Transborder: Shipping to the USA

    November 8-9, 2016                                              Essentials of Exporting

    November 22-23, 2016                                          Letters of Credit

    December 6-7, 2016                                             Cargo Insurance

  • 11 Jul 2016 10:19 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have posted a Request for Proposal to update the Economic Development Strategic Plan on the website.

    The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry is the upper tier level of government consisting of six lower tier municipalities being the Township of North Stormont, Township of South Stormont, Township of North Dundas, Township of South Dundas, Township of North Glengarry and Township of South Glengarry. 

    For full details of the RFP due on July 28, 2016, please click here

  • 05 Jul 2016 11:51 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    **Courtesy of the Government of Canada**

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada today released the Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System, an annual report that provides historical data on the state of the sector.The report indicates that the Canadian agriculture and agri-food system is an integrated and competitive supply chain that continues to help drive the economy.

    This year's report, which provides data up to 2014, begins with a special feature on natural resources and the environment. It examines the impact of agriculture on the environment and quantifies greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by Canada's various economic sectors, including agriculture. It also addresses Canada's agricultural use of land and water resources.

    Full press release:

  • 04 Jul 2016 9:29 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are a celebration of success and an opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Ontario's tourism industry. 

    Jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, these awards are divided into three respective categories:

    1. Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

    2. Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence

    3. Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

    Don't miss this chance to showcase your amazing work!

    Click here to apply for an Ontario Tourism Award.

  • 04 Jul 2016 9:20 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Ontario is partnering with Staples Canada to showcase more than 500 young entrepreneurs who are part of the Summer Company program across the province. 

    The third annual Summer Company - Staples Youth Entrepreneurship Day offers Summer Company students the opportunity to showcase their summer businesses at 54 Staples locations in Ontario. This initiative helps young entrepreneurs promote their products and services to customers, getting real-time feedback and priceless business experience. 

    Summer Company is a unique program that helps young entrepreneurs start and run their own business over the summer. The program provides students aged 15-29 with hands-on business training, mentorship from local business leaders, and grants of up to $3,000 to turn their ideas into a business. 

    Supporting the next generation of job creators is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

    Full details available here.

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