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  • 03 May 2016 10:01 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    In a new blog post for, Jennifer Schnier (MAES, Ec.D(F), CEcD) argues that economic developers are overworked and under compensated. Can economic developers achieve a better work-life balance? Read the full article to find out!

    Excerpt: "The time has come to review traditional work hours and determine how the economic development professional can continue to meet the changing needs of our economy without burning out in the meantime. This is important to me because I hear of tensions in the workplace from the many colleagues I meet at various conferences for economic development. I knew this was not an isolated problem and wanted to provide some quantifiable context to the issue.  My theory is that administrators need to better understand the economic landscape to gain the necessary assurances that work can be completed by EDPs with increased levels of autonomy.   In my major research paper for the University of Waterloo’s Local Economic Development master’s program, I had the opportunity to build support for my theory and explore the barriers faced by EDPs in their work environment."

  • 02 May 2016 1:24 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    The Municipality of North Middlesex is seeking proposals for a qualified Consultant to work with Council, staff and the community to develop a comprehensive strategic plan. The Strategic Plan is to be both an integrated Council-Staff plan and a Community Plan that considers all aspects of the Municipality. For complete information please click here.

    Sealed proposals to be received by 10am EST on Friday, May 13, 2016 and addressed to:

    Marsha Paley, Chief Administrative Officer,

    Municipality of North Middlesex,

    PO Box 9, 229 Parkhill Main Street,

    Parkhill, ON N0M 2K0


  • 29 Apr 2016 7:45 AM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    Don't miss your opportunity to earn certification points while learning about the most requested topics requested by you, the members.  The EDCO Spring Symposium will take place May 18/19, 2016 in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie.  Porter Airlines has not only offered a generous discount by President and CEO Robert Deluce will be a guest speaker on May 18, 2016 wrapping up Day One of our event.   Air Canada has also provided a generous discount for travel to Sault Ste. Marie - check it out, it is more affordable than one realizes.  Room rates at the Delta Sault Ste. Marie are also very affordable and won't break your professional development budget.  Now is the time to connect with your Northern and Southern Ontario colleagues!  Click here for complete info - don't delay, register today!

  • 08 Mar 2016 12:12 PM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    EDCO is now accepting registrations for the first ever Spring Symposium taking place May 18-19, 2016 in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  For complete information click here

  • 11 Feb 2016 5:22 PM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    Registrations are now being accepted for the Economic Development and Marketing Attraction course being offered by IEDC in Toronto on March 22 & 23, 2016.  Don't delay in securing your spot for this fast paced, leading edge course on how to put your organization on investor's radars.  The course is being offered at par in Canadian dollars offering great value.  This is one of IEDC's most popular courses and just in time for CEcD recertification.  Click here to learn more and register. 

  • 08 Feb 2016 12:55 PM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the winners of the EDCO Awards of Excellence program ceremony during the President's Gala at the EDCO Conference and Showcase in Toronto on February 4, 2016.

    Please click here for a complete list of winners! 

  • 18 Jan 2016 7:27 PM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    Seneca College has announced a new Sustainable Planning and Development Program.  EDCO was pleased to submit a letter of support for the program.  The content for the program can be viewed at the link below, but has some interesting components as it relates to economic development.
  • 11 Jan 2016 3:02 PM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)


    News Release

    Ontario Releases Progress Reports to the Public for the First Time

    January 11, 2016

    Ministers Report on How They Are Delivering on Mandate Letter Priorities

    Ontario's cabinet ministers today released progress reports detailing how the government is delivering on the priorities laid out in Premier Kathleen Wynne's mandate letters.

    As part of the Premier's Open Government Initiative, the cabinet ministers' reports were published online, bringing Ontario closer to its goal of becoming the most open and transparent government in Canada.

    In September 2014, the Premier's mandate letters to ministers -- 30 in total -- were made available to the public for the first time. Mandate letters outline the specific priorities for each member of cabinet and their ministry. Ministers were directed to work with one another on overarching priorities such as building modern infrastructure, poverty reduction, skills training and growing the economy.

    Since September 2014, Ontario's ministers have made substantial progress delivering on the government's priorities, including:

    • Making the largest investment in infrastructure in Ontario's history -- more than $134 billion over 10 years on priorities such as roads, bridges and transit.
    • Helping provide retirement security for the two-thirds of Ontario workers without a workplace pension by creating a framework to establish the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.  
    • Announcing the introduction of a cap and trade program to fight climate change, and the government's intention to link its cap and trade program with Québec, Manitoba and California's, consistent with the Western Climate Initiative.
    • Releasing It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, and committing $41 million over three years to support its implementation.
    • Improving consumer convenience and choice while maintaining a strong commitment to social responsibility by expanding the sale of beer to 58 grocery stores across the province.
    • Hosting the largest intern ational multi-sport event ever held on Canadian soil -- the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games -- welcoming more than 10,000 athletes and officials, and millions of fans from across the Americas and Caribbean.

    Maintaining a high standard of transparency and accountability to the public is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.





    • Ontario is adopting best practices that have been working in other jurisdictions to inform its approach to Open Government. Governments in Canada and about 60 other countries are implementing Open Government initiatives to improve transparency, effectiveness and accountability.
    • People can visit to see what the government is working on and learn how to get involved.
    • The government has released a vast amount of data on the Open Data website that people can use to help dream up new business ideas and solve everyday problems.











    "Sixteen months ago, I gave each of my ministers detailed letters outlining their priorities for delivering on our plan for Ontario. For the first time ever, these mandate letters were made public, and today we’re marking another first with the release of each minister’s progress report. The reports show how our open and collaborative approach is building more opportunity and security for people across the province. In 2016, we will build on these successes and continue to create a sustainable and prosperous Ontario today and for future generations."
    Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

  • 31 Dec 2015 9:40 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!!

    2015 has been a busy year for EDCO and we are pleased to have been able to serve you, our valued members. We are looking forward to great 2016 filled with lots of opportunities for our members.

    Renewal invoices are e-mailed out on January 1, 2016. Please check your emails and contact the EDCO office if you have any questions.

    Thank you for your continued support and participation.

  • 16 Dec 2015 2:19 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    EDCO is excited to once again offer its scholarship program. Making the professional development needs of our members a priority, the Professional Development Committee established a scholarship program in 2014 for EDCO members.

    The 2016 EDCO Scholarship fund will be awarded to 3 applicants; a young professional, a member from Northern Ontario, and a member from Southern Ontario. The funds awarded must be used towards EDCO training opportunities within 12 months following the announcement of the winning applicant.

    The application process is simple; Complete the application form and submit to John Regan, Chair of the Scholarship Committee ( The EDCO Scholarship Committee will review all applications, and will select the winning applicants. Winning applicants will be announced at the 2016 EDCO Conference in Toronto on February 2-4, 2016.

    For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the EDCO office at

    Scholarship Application
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