EDCO Exchange
Summer 2017
Innovation Article Roundup
1. GAME CHANGERS: Innovation is disrupting our world -YorkRegion.com

2. STIM Skills Alone Won't Solve Canada's Innovation Problem - Huffington Post Canada

3. Concordia invests $53 million in research and innovation centre - CTV News

4. Nike's Co-founder on Innovation, Culture, and Succession - Harvard Business Review

5. #ElevateToronto launches tech festival to showcase best of Canadian innovation to the world - BetaKit 

6. Too Many Small Businesses Find Innovation Funding Out of Reach - Huffington Post Canada

7. Practical, disruptive innovation can give your company a competitive edge - The Globe and Mail

8. Why Social Innovation must continue in these uncertain times - The Telegraph

9. The Lifeblood of Success: How to Encourage Innovation at Your Company - Entrepreneur

Urgent Calls for Volunteers
BCEDA is in need of some additional volunteers to call back businesses that reach out to the Business Hotline. Over 85% of everyone that is calling is wanting a call back by someone who may be able to offer some guidance and assistance. We provide the call details that are recorded by the FortisBC agents, a link to a resource guide that we do our best to update, and a checklist to help you with the conversation when you call back.  

Please email  bcwildfires@bceda.ca if you can spare some time. Even 30 minutes a day to call two businesses would be appreciated.  


Dale Wheeldon 
President and CEO 
British Columbia Economic Development Association

Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program
OMCC is a multi-year program with $42.5M available in the first year. Funding for future years will be determined based on availability of cap and trade proceeds. All Ontario municipalities are eligible for annual OMCC funding to support up to 80% of costs associated with their implementation of eligible commuter cycling projects. 

OMCC is supported by proceeds from Ontario's cap and trade program. The purpose of this program is to provide direct, dedicated, annual funding to Ontario municipalities to support the implementation of commuter cycling infrastructure to encourage people to get out of their cars and onto bikes for their daily commute or other frequent trips.

Deadline: September 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m

All Ontario municipalities are eligible for OMCC funding. Municipalities must declare their commitment to participate in OMCC annually. A municipality can choose to participate in OMCC in any or all of the program years. A decision to participate or not participate in any given year of the program will neither oblige nor prevent a municipality from participating in future years. 

Other organizations (e.g., indigenous communities and/or organizations, conservation authorities, school boards, service agencies) can be partners with a municipality on eligible projects but are not eligible to receive OMCC funding. Municipalities can also pool OMCC funds to work on joint, eligible projects.

As OMCC is supported by proceeds from Ontario's cap and trade program, only eligible cycling infrastructure projects that improve or support commuter cycling are eligible for OMCC funding. Funding can be applied to both new commuter cycling infrastructure and to enhancements to existing cycling infrastructure to better support commuting cyclists. The only non-capital eligible project is the development of a new cycling plan for municipalities with a population of 15,000 or greater than do not have a current, council approved cycling plan.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the ministry at  cycling@ontario.ca or by mail at address below:

Ministry of Transportation
777 Bay Street, Suite 3000
Toronto ON
M7A 2J8

New Resources in the EDCO Library

Focus on Rural Ontario: 2016 Fact Sheet Series - Rural Ontario Institute 

Upcoming Events
August 14, 2017

August 17, 2017

September 9-12, 2017
Niagara Falls, ON

September 13-14, 2017
Niagara Falls, ON

September 13-15, 2017
Kingston, ON

September 14-15, 2017
Toronto, ON

September 17-20, 2017
Toronto, ON

October 20, 2017
Waterloo, ON 

February 5-7, 2018
Toronto, ON

Employment Opportunities
Regional Municipality of York
Closing August 11, 2017

MDB Insight
Closing August 15, 2017

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth / Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science
Closing August 16, 2017

Municipality of Brockton
Closing August 21, 2017

Municipality of Leamington
Closing August 27, 2017

Contact  Heather Lalonde to post your 2017 employment opportunities with EDCO

The EDCO Team